The Summit, which opened in 1997, is a 1 million square foot (93,000 m²; 9.3 ha) lifestyle center located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 280 and Interstate 459 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States.
The open-air center offers a mix of upscale merchants and restaurants, many of which have their sole Alabama location there. The main anchors include a Belk flagship store (formerly Parisian), Saks Fifth Avenue, BCBG, Bebe, Smith & Hawken, Tommy Bahama, White House/Black Market, Williams-Sonoma, Just Add Water, Bakers, Barnes & Noble, Urban Outfitters, Abercrombie, Levi's, and an Apple Store. Outparcel restaurants include the Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Macaroni Grill, and California Pizza Kitchen.
The Summit is anchored by the following tenants:
Bayer Properties, the owner and developer of the center, planned its construction over multiple phases. The first phase was a collection of 30 retailers and restaurants including Parisian (now Belk) and Barnes & Noble that originally opened with the center in 1997. The second phase included an additional 20 retailers including Gap in 1999. The third phase was opened in 2001 with the anchor of Saks Fifth Avenue. The fourth phase opened in 2005 and includes some 20 to 30 additional retailers and restaurants, bringing the center to nearly 1 million square feet (93,000 m²). A fifth expansion will include a luxury hotel and 15 story condo tower, in addition to extra retail space.
In 2000, the center averaged US$500 in retail sales per square foot (US$5380 per sq m), compared to a national average of US$358 (US$3852 per sq m) that same year. In promotional literature that the developer provides to prospective retail tenants, Bayer claims that customers currently spend $117 per visit, compared to a national average of $87.
Bayer Properties has trademarked the brand "The Summit" and is in process of building other centers featuring the Summit name brand in other markets. The first of these opened in Louisville, Kentucky in 2001, while another center in Reno, Nevada opened in 2007. Additional Summit lifestyle centers are being developed in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania and suburban Atlanta, Georgia.