Mondawmin Mall
Mondawmin Mall is a three-level shopping mall in Northwest Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The mall was a development of James Rouse and opened in October 1956. . "Mondawmin" was the name of the corn goddess in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem The Song of Hiawatha. Originally known as Mondawmin Center, the retail hub was an open-air complex of fifty-eight store spaces, featuring a 3-level Sears, a G.C. Murphy 5 and 10 and Food Fair and Penn Fruit supermarkets. The center was fully-enclosed during a renovation in 1963, with its name being changed to Mondawmin Mall. After the Baltimore riot of 1968 produced white flight, the mall revenues declined and Sears left. The Rouse Company had sold the Mondawmin Mall property in the mid-1960s, only to buy it back in 1982. They performed a large-scale renovation in 1983, sectioning the vacant Sears into smaller store spaces and adding a parking garage to the west end of the mall structure. With the acquisition of the Rouse Company, by Chicago-based General Growth Properties, in 2004, Mondawmin Mall became a GGP holding. General Growth Properties went through bankruptcy proceedings between April 2009 and May 2010. Modawmin Mall was mentioned in the song "King Very Vicious" by local rapper Labtekwon. At one time being criticized for not meeting the needs of the local population, it is now better serving the community; this following a 68 million dollar renovation done between early 2007 and late 2008. During this project, the parking garage was demolished and replaced with a Target discount store. Two anchors, A.J. Wright and Shoppers Food and Pharmacy were also added to the east end of the shopping center. A branch of the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) of Maryland is located on the Mondawmin property in a separate building.

Former Anchors
  • Sears and Roebuck (189,500 square feet)

Present Anchors
  • Target (127,000 square feet)
  • Shoppers Food and Pharmacy (67,000 square feet)
  • A.J. Wright (22,000 square feet}

The perimeter of the Mondawmin Mall property is composed of some major Baltimore roads, including Liberty Heights Avenue, Reisterstown Road, and Gwynns Falls Parkway. Also nearby are Maryland Route 129 and Monroe Street. Located on the Mondawmin property is the Mondawmin Transit Center, which mainly includes a Metro Subway Station. This station, serves as a hub for 10 Maryland Transit Administration bus lines. There are also 175 spaces in the mall's parking lot designated for use by riders of the Metro system .