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Cumberland Mall

Cumberland Mall

Cumberland Mall, located in the Cumberland district of Metropolitan Atlanta near the suburbs of Smyrna and Vinings, opened on August 8, 1973 and was the largest mall in Georgia when it first opened.

Early years

Cumberland Mall was the first four-anchor mall built in Georgia. The original anchors to the mall were Rich's, Davison's, Sears and JCPenney. The mall was also two-levels and included a multi-story parking deck to accommodate the large crowds. The mall was modeled after similar Landover Mall in Maryland and was so far superior to Cobb County's first mall that the older mall was unable to ever recover.

Cumberland Mall remained one of the leading malls in the region for over a decade before Town Center Mall in Kennesaw opened in 1986. Cumberland Mall originally featured many distinct design elements to heighten the original mall experience, but as competition forced a major reshuffling of the mall, much of this was stripped away in the renovation of 1989. Some of the original tenants that were lost at this point were Magic Pan Restaurant, McDonald's, Piccadilly Cafeteria and Cashin's Restaurant among others. One of the additions, however, was a food court, which had not existed previously.

Mall makeover

In 2003 Cumberland Mall lost its first anchor, Macys (formerly Davison's). The vacant store resulted in a major redevelopment plan. The redevelopment included the demolition of the old Macys, which was replaced with a new mall entrance complete with an open-air wing. The wing includes five new restaurants: Maggiano's Little Italy, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Stoney River Legendary Steaks and Ted's Montana Grill. Other changes included the demolition of the JCPenney, which planned to close their store, for the construction of a new Costco. The changes also included a complete interior renovation with new skylights and an expanded food court. These changes were planned to keep the mall competitive even with only two regular department stores remaining: Macy's (former Rich's) and Sears. All the renovations were completed in early 2007.

Current anchors

Former anchors

  • Davison's (., opened 1973, became Macy's 1985, closed 2003 was demolished for a new lifestyle center area in 2006)
  • JCPenney (., closed 2005, was demolished for a Costco in 2006)
  • Rich's (., became Macy's 2005)

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