Tysons Corner Center

Tysons Corner Center
1961 Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22102

Year Built:

Size: 2,207,342 sq. ft.

Tysons Corner Center is a shopping mall in the Tysons Corner area of McLean.

It is owned and operated by Macerich, who acquired their interest in the mall as part of their 2005 purchase of the Wilmorite real estate investment trust, and the Alaska Permanent Fund.[1][2]


The mall opened in 1968 with The Hecht Company, Woodward and Lothrop, and Lansburgh's as its department store anchors.[3]

Lansburgh's closed in 1973, and atempted to assign its lease to discount retailer E. J. Korvette.[3] The developers sued to block Korvette's, and instead were able to convince New York-based department store Bloomingdale's to move into the mall.[3] Bloomingdale's opened in 1976.[3]

In 1985, the mall was sold to the Lehndorff Group for $167 million.[3][4] Lehndorff spent $50 million to renovate and expand the mall by 200,000 square feet, adding a second floor and two more anchor stores.[4][5]

L.L. Bean opened their store on July 28, 2000, becoming the mall's sixth anchor store.[6]

The mall was sold again in 2002 to Wilmorite Properties.[4][7]

After eight years, J.C. Penney announced in January 2003 that they would close their store in the mall by April of that year.[8]

From January 2004 to September 2005, Wilmorite conducted another renovation and expansion of the mall at a cost of $130 million.[9] Included in the renovation was the vacated J.C. Penney space, part of which became the AMC Tysons Corner 16 movie theater.


In the early morning of October 22, 2004, security guard Esdibar Rosero sexually assaulted and stabbed his former girlfriend in the Lenkersdorfer jewelry store, then shot himself to death when she managed to escape.[10]

On November 29, 2010, Carmela Dela Rosa threw her 2½-year-old granddaughter, Angelyn Ogdoc, from a 44-foot high walkway, killing the child.[11]


  1. "Macerich Closes on Wilmorite Purchase." Los Angeles Business. American City Business Journals., 25 Apr. 2005. Web. 4 Oct. 2011.
  2. Mufson, Steve. "Tysons Corner Center Just a Piece of Oil-backed Alaska Wealth Fund's Portfolio." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 23 Sept. 2011. Web. 03 Aug. 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Richardson, Lynda, and Caroline E. Mayer. "Years of Corporate Warfare Led to Building of New Mall." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 3. Aug 29 1988. ProQuest. Web. 2 Aug. 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 McAllister, Marcia. "Tysons Corner Center Is for Sale." FairfaxTimes.com. Post-Newsweek Media, Inc./FairfaxTimes.com, 11 Apr. 2001. Web. 02 Aug. 2014.
  5. Sernovitz, Daniel J. "30 Years: Tysons Corner Center Expands in Fairfax County (March 1988)." Washington Business Journal. American City Business Journals., 18 May 2012. Web. 03 Aug. 2014.
  6. Chamis, Eleni. "L.L. Bean Set to Open New Tysons Corner Anchor." Washington Business Journal. American City Business Journals, 17 July 2000. Web. 03 Aug. 2014.
  7. "Wilmorite, Alaska Permanent to Own Tysons Corner Center." Commercial Real Estate Direct. Commercial Real Estate Direct, 1 May 2002. Web. 03 Aug. 2014.
  8. ElBoghdady, Dina. "J.C. Penney Closing its Store at Tysons Mall; Retailer Struggled to Draw Customers." The Washington Post: 0. Jan 18 2003. ProQuest. Web. 3 Aug. 2014.
  9. Wilmorite. Tysons Corner Center Expansion. N.p.: Wilmorite, n.d. Wilmorite Development & Construction. Wilmorite, 13 Feb. 2014. Web. 3 Aug. 2014.
  10. Salmon, Jacqueline L. "Tysons Guard Attacks Ex-Girlfriend, Kills Self." The Washington Post: B.01. National Newspapers Core. Oct 23 2004. Web. 24 Oct. 2011.
  11. White, Josh, and Allison Klein. "Police: Woman Threw Grandchild to Her Death." The Washington Post: A.1. National Newspapers Core. Dec 01 2010. Web. 3 Oct. 2011.

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