Lynnhaven Mall
Lynnhaven Mall is an enclosed super-regional shopping mall in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. It opened in August 1981. At 1,170,000 square feet (109,000 m 2) of gross leasable area, it is not only the largest mall in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of southeastern Virginia, but also one of the largest malls on the East Coast. The mall features more than 180 stores, including Dillard's, JCPenney, and Macy's as anchor stores. Other notable stores at the mall include Barnes & Noble, Dick's Sporting Goods, XXI Forever, H&M,and Old Navy. The mall also features a full-sized carousel and children's play area inside the glass-enclosed main entrance, as well as a 650-seat food court comprising 17 eateries surrounding a vaulted two-story atrium. An 18 screen AMC Theatres complex anchors an open-air pedestrian plaza called "The Inlet". The mall is managed by General Growth Properties of Chicago, Illinois.

Lynnhaven mall opened in 1981. The mall was built by Melvin Simon & Associates (now Simon Property Group) of Indianapolis, Indiana, on Lynnhaven Parkway south of Interstate 264 (then State Route 44). The mall originally included five anchor stores: national chains JCPenney and Montgomery Ward, as well as regional chains Rices Nachmans, Thalhimers, Miller & Rhoads and Leggett. Over time, all of the anchors with the exception JCPenney and Montgomery Ward would be changed several times. The first to change was Rices Nachmans, which became Hess's in 1984. Miller & Rhoads closed in 1990 as part of the chain's bankruptcy, and was converted to Hecht's that year. Hess's closed at Lynnhaven Mall on March 30, 1991, as part of a corporate decision to eliminate smaller and underperforming stores. Its location was then sold to the Limited Brands, who converted the space to several of their brands, including The Limited superstore which opened in early 1992. Thalhimers closed in 1992 as well, and became a second Hecht's location. The two Hecht's stores remained until 1998, when the chain built a new location opposite the former Miller & Rhoads. Leggett was sold to Belk in 1997; one year later, the store was transferred to Dillard's as part of a multi-store trade. Dillard's also acquired the former Thalhimers, placing its women's departments in one and men's departments in the other. In addition, Lord & Taylor opened a store in 1999 in the original Miller & Rhoads space. An electronics store called Freedom Electronics opened next to the newly opened Hecht's.

Montgomery Ward closed in 2001 with the chain's bankruptcy. Simon sold the mall to General Growth Properties of Chicago, Illinois in 2003 for $256.6 million. Freedom Electronics' closure made way for a DSW Shoe Warehouse which did not open out to the mall. Lord & Taylor also closed in early 2005, as part of then-parent company The May Department Stores Company's decision to eliminate thirty-four underperforming locations. The former Lord & Taylor at Lynnhaven Mall has not been replaced with another anchor since its closure. The Montgomery Ward space at the mall was divided among Dick's Sporting Goods, Barnes & Noble and Steve & Barry's between 2003-2005. Dillard's expanded the former Thalhimers and moved into it in 2005 so as to vacate the former Leggett/Belk which was then demolished and rebuilt into an outdoor plaza called The Inlet anchored by an AMC Theatres complex, the first theater at the mall since the two United Artists Theaters closed in the 1990s (were located upstairs near food court and downstairs next to where Macy's is now located). Hecht's, another nameplate of May Company, was converted to Macy's in 2006 when Federated Department Stores (now Macy's, Inc.) acquired the May Company and converted several May nameplates to the Macy's brand. H&M also opened in a portion of the former Hess's space when The Limited moved to a new location, and Steve & Barry's closed on January 30, 2009 with the company's liquidation and became Furniture Mart in 2010. DSW Shoe Warehouse moved out as well, and was replaced by a Forever 21. On April 21, 2009, mall owner General Growth Properties filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection but has promised to honor all GGP gift cards and keep all its operating malls (Lynnhaven Mall among them) open during the proceedings. On February 16, 2010, Simon Property Group (the original owners of Lynnhaven Mall) announced that it has placed a bid to acquire General Growth Properties in a deal worth $10 billion. The bid was actually made on February 8, 2010, however, it wasn't announced to the public until February 16. However Simon cancelled the merger bid on May 7, 2010. Had the bid been approved, ownership of Lynnhaven Mall would have returned to Simon.


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