It's been decades since Springfield has experienced this kind of a development, and now landowners are interested in jumping on the bandwagon. This Friday, the 1.35-million-square-foot Springfield Mall hosted its grand opening after two years of $250 million renovations. The renovations included a brand new food court, new retailers and restaurants, and more than 450 full-time jobs with an expected 3,000 new jobs expected. Many surrounding landowners are now thinking of upgrading as well since the opening of Springfield Mall. Fairfax County Supervisor Jeffrey McKay said, "They've suddenly realized that a one-story big-box store in walking distance to a Metro station in a regional draw like Springfield Town Center may not be the best use of the land."
Some of the new shops that Springfield Mall has include the U.K. clothing store Topshop, the wine-and-burger bar Zinburger, a Dick's Sporting Goods, and a Regal movie theater with 12 screens. See the full list at DC Eater here. Springfield Town Center General Manager Eric Christensen described the mall as having "a complete transformation."
· Newly renovated Springfield Town Center opens for business [WJLA]
· Springfield Town Center opens today. Will a resurgence follow? [Washington Post]
· At last: More brands, swanky setting revealed at Springfield Town Center [Washington Business Journal]
· Springfield Mall Gets Sassy; Revamped Shopping and Dining Destination Opens Today [Eater DC]