Fashion Square Mall

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Photo Credit: Simon[1]

Fashion Square Mall opened in 1980 an enclosed retail shopping mall in Albemarle County that was originially developed by Leonard L. Farber [2] at the southwest corner of US 29 and Rio Road. [3]

The Simon Property Group bought the property in 1997. [2] the mall offers 570,000 square feet of commercial retail area.[1] The property became part of a spin-off group that eventually became known as WP Glimcher. [4] It is considered a Class B mall.

The manager is Karen Weiner. [4]

Development

The project was originally to be located in the City of Charlottesville on what is now the site of the Seminole Square Shopping Center[5].

Aging but surviving

Occupancy at the mall had dropped to 87.1 in 2015. That reflects the closure of Wet Seal, Body Central and Radio Shack all closed. That figure does not include the closures of New York & Company and Men's Warehouse Tux. To attract customers, mall management has held fashion shows, art exhibits and more. [4]


Violence at the mall

The mall has been the center of large fights among teenagers and young adults. In March 2010 the mall had to be closed because of a large melee involving over 100 individuals[6].

Security concerns

In 2012, the mall's management company came under fire following an attempted child abduction that was not reported to police by mall security. A man had grabbed a two-year-old girl in late November 2012. After catching him, security officers let him go and did not report him to authorities. [7]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Simon Malls - Shopping Malls, Simon Property Group, retrieved 07 Mar. 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Fashion Square turns 32 in the era of outdoor, pedestrian-oriented shopping, Nate Delesline, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, 3 March 2012, retrieved 4 March 2012. Print. 4 March 2012 page A2.
  3. Web. Retail Look , Urban Land, The Urban Land Institute, January 2006, retrieved 24 June 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Web. Charlottesville Fashion Square mall continues its evolution as it deals with vacancies, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, April 16, 2016, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  5. Web. Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor, Lisa Provence, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, 10 Aug. 2006, retrieved 2 May 2009.
  6. Web. Friday Night Fights Close Fashion Square, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, 6 Mar. 2010, retrieved 08 Mar. 2010..
  7. Web. Fashion Square's response criticized by PR experts, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 27, 2012, retrieved November 29, 2012.

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