Cary Towne Center
Cary Towne Center is an indoor shopping mall in Cary, North Carolina managed by CBL & Associates Properties. Originally planned in 1972, the mall was first proposed as the adjacent Cary Village Mall and Cary Village Square projects and then ultimately as a $25 million Village Center by local developers Seby Jones (who built Crabtree Valley Mall and J.W. York (who build Cameron Village). Village Center was to be a 78-acre (320,000 m 2), 75 store project including 3 office buildings as well as a (never built) motel. The request to rezone the area to allow construction of the mall drew much controversy from nearby residents calling themselves "Citizens for the Better Direction of Cary" who worried about increased traffic as well as the property's proximity to Cary High School, Henry Adams School and East Cary School. The group hired an attorney and pressured the town council to closely monitor the development causing York to complain that everything had to be approved "10 times". Cary Village Mall opened on February 21, 1979 with 325,000 square feet (30,200 m 2) of retail space anchored by Ivey's (now Dillard's) and Hudson Belk (now Belk) as well as outbuildings occupied by Star Food Store (now Harris Teeter). In 1991, the mall was renamed Cary Towne Center and expanded to 1.1. million square feet by then owners Richard E. Jacobs group in reaction to the proposed Crossroads Plaza "mega-mall" being planned only a mile away. A food court was added along with three new anchors: Thalhimers (now Macy's) , JC Penney, and Sears, and the mall assumed its new moniker . Dillard's was added a year later, replacing the original Ivey's store which had been a tenant since 1979. Thalhimer's became Hecht's in 1992, which became Macy's in 2006.

Currently, there are five anchors in Cary Towne Center:
  • Macy's -- Opened in 1991 as Thalhimer's, changed to Hecht's in 1992, changed to Macy's in 2006. 2 floors.
  • Hudson Belk -- Opened 1979. 2 floors.
  • Dillard's -- Opened in 1979 as Ivey's, expanded and reopened 1992. 2 floors.
  • J.C. Penney -- Opened 1991. 1 floor, with offices on a second floor.
  • Sears -- Opened 1991. 1 floor.


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