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Village at Shirlington, Arlington

Categories: Shopping Malls, Shopping
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4.3/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
The Village at Shirlington opened as Shirlington Shopping Center in 1944, and was the first large shopping center to open in the Washington, D.C. suburbs and one of the earliest in the United States. It is located along Campbell Avenue (formerly South 28th Street) at the intersection of Shirley Highway and Quaker Lane / Shirlington Road in Arlington, Virginia. The center has been known since the mid-1980s as The Village at Shirlington.HistoryThe center was originally developed by Joseph Cherner, automobile dealer and banker, on a 23 acre site to provide for the basic shopping needs of the nearby sprawling Parkfairfax, developed by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and the Defense Homes Corporation development at Fairlington. He established the Shirlington Corporation in August 1943, and the first store opened in June 1944. The center expanded gradually, with an increasing variety of retail offerings. In 1947, the local women’s clothing chain Jelleff's chain opened a 7000sqft store; its fourth branch and first suburban location. It was also known as ‘’’Shirlington Business Center’’’. By the time of its fifth anniversary, there were 48 stores operating in the shopping center. In addition to Jelleff's, there was an Acme supermarket, F.W. Woolworth, Singer Sewing Center, Fanny Farmer candy, Firestone as well as standard local offerings, such as a Shirley Food Store. In 1951, the center expanded with 25 additional stores.
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  • If these close... is a good place to out to eat, go to the cinema or out of cups... has with parking
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  • We always go to the Shirlington village, if we eat in the evening cosy / would take, without equal in the big city. There is a small movie theater, several restaurants and a kind of "Boulevard". You can park free in the parking lot, what is really relaxed the whole. We were previously five or six times there and will come back
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  • Excellent place to spent time with your couple or friends. The environment evolved you! Days and nights have different public. You can find a little bit of every thing, pets are allowed. 
  • Love this little town style shopping area. Many great restaurants where you can sit outside. Pretty much has anything you could need.
  • Amazing collection of restaurants over here. Name it and you will find it.. old style cinema and nice place for groups and young professionals folks
  • The neighborhood restaurant district. Something for everyone here. My favorites are Sam's and Best Buns/Carlyle. And New District across the creek.
  • Busboys and Poets resturant is outstanding! Parking was easy in the late afternoon and I was impressed that street parking was free after 6:00.
  • There is a free public parking YAY. Good choice of restaurants. Nice place.
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