MacArthur Center
The MacArthur Center is a shopping center of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. It is majority-owned and operated by the Taubman Company .

Mall Highlights
Located in the heart of downtown Norfolk, this 1,100,000-square-foot (102,000 m 2) structure is adjacent to the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial. The center is anchored by Nordstrom and Dillard's department stores, with space for a third major anchor tenant. There are 400,000 square feet (37,000 m 2) of mall tenant shops and 100,000 square feet (9,300 m 2) of food and entertainment offerings, including a one of a kind Regal MacArthur 18 in which it is situated on the top level along the mall's skylights. In addition to the three-story mall, two 5 level parking decks are provided accommodating 4,000 cars. The 140-store mall opened in March 1999, with the region's first Nordstrom department store anchor. MacArthur Center was originally compared to other downtown malls, such as Baltimore's Harborplace, Indianapolis' Circle Centre Mall, Atlanta's Phipps Plaza Mall and most comparably to The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City near Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Virginia. Taubman's Cherry Creek Shopping Center, which opened nine years earlier in 1990, has similar skylights and in-mall architecture.

MacArthur on Ice
Every winter since 2005, MacArthur Center has operated a 7,200-square-foot (670 m 2) ice skating rink on the property. The center has also witnessed protests by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, whose international headquarters are also in Norfolk, less than a mile from the mall.

Parental Policy
Since October 19, 2009, MacArthur Center is the one of the only malls in Virginia and the one of three in the Taubman Company to implement a Parental Escort Policy that will ban teens under 18 without a 21+ year old escort daily after 5 p.m. This was met with a protesting opposition just before the rule went into effect.

Food Court Closures
In March 2011, eight of the ten eateries at the mall's Terrace Food Court will close due to their franchisee, HMS Host not renewing leases to the mall. The eight closing stores are:
  • Burger King
  • Nathan's Famous/ Arthur Treacher's (same spot)
  • Kelly's Cajun Grill
  • Yeung's Lotus Express
  • Cheesecake Factory Bakery Cafe
  • Starbucks Coffee (food court & 2nd floor locations)
  • Hershey's Ice Cream
Sbarro and Charley's, which are not part of HMS Host, will stay open as the only food court eateries until at least summer 2011 when Panda Express and Sakura Elite plans to open then.

  • Dillard's (260,000-square-foot (24,000 m 2)) - East Coast flagship
  • Nordstrom (166,000-square-foot (15,400 m 2))

Building Activity

  • Robin Schoppe
    Robin Schoppe commented
    Nice mall. Needs more eateries, has less than 10. The McAuthur Memorial is across the street. Great museum.
    about 5 years ago via Mobile