Chuck Cope, Tysons Corner Center’s manager during the mall heyday, dies at 71

Tysons Corner Center evolved into a massive and successful mall, surrounded by a mix of development that served to create Fairfax County’s first and only $1 billion property, due in large part to the work of one man: Chuck Cope.

The mall’s former general manager worked there for only seven years in two different stints. But during the first of those, he oversaw an expansion and renovation that made Tysons Corner Center one of the largest and most successful malls in the country.

Charles R. Cope, a native of Indianapolis, died Nov. 20 from complications related to a liver transplant. He was 71.

Cope’s first period as Tysons general manager was from 1985 to 1989. During that time, he landed major retailers for the mall’s expansion, including Nordstrom’s first East Coast location and L.L. Bean’s first outpost outside its headquarters state of Maine.

Its $165 million, 200,000-square-foot expansion and renovation was the largest ever at the time for a U.S. shopping mall, adding more than…

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