Mazza Gallerie shopping center permanently closes

Mazza Gallerie, the largely empty shopping center along Wisconsin Avenue at the D.C.-Maryland border, used to be thought of as a local Rodeo Drive. But its stores have been closing over the last few years and now the very last retail business in the mall has closed.

The T.J. Maxx closed permanently on Christmas Eve, though some shoppers were surprised to find the store completely empty days before. The once popular AMC movie theater closed in February of last year after business was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Developer Tishman Speyer acquired the Friendship Heights building in May 2021 and announced it will redevelop it as apartments, but retaining a large portion for retail, as well as parking.

The project will include 350 multifamily units and 26,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, according to Eagle Bank which provided $26 million in financing to the development company for its acquisition.

The Friendship Heights mall was built in 1979 and was once a bustling retail and dining destination, but became a ghost-town during the pandemic as a dwindling number of shoppers were around to give it purpose.

WTOP’s Jeff Clabaugh contributed to this report.

Ciara Wells

Ciara Wells is a freelance digital writer/editor at WTOP. She is a recent graduate of American University where she studied journalism and Spanish. Before joining WTOP, she was the opinion team editor at a student publication and a content specialist at an HBCU in Detroit.

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