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The Mall in Columbia, Columbia

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The Mall in Columbia, also known as the Columbia Mall, or The Mall, is the central shopping mall for the planned community of Columbia, Maryland, United States. It has five anchor department stores (Sears, JCPenney, Nordstrom, Macy's, and Lord & Taylor) and over 200 specialty stores. It includes a 14-screen AMC Theatres. The mall is located in the Town Center area of the city and attracts shoppers from surrounding counties in Maryland.HistoryArchitect Frank Gehry designed The Rouse Company Columbia exhibit building, and was initially selected to design the neighboring mall centerpiece. Gehry was later rejected by Rouse for lack of experience, and the firm of Cope, Linder, & Walmsley was contracted for the project.The Mall opened in 1971 with two major anchor stores: Hochschild Kohn's (which was replaced by Hecht's in the mid-1970s) and Woodward & Lothrop (a.k.a. Woodies, which closed in late 1995 and was replaced by JCPenney in July 1996), as well as a McCrory's and Lerner's, which were minor anchors. Howard Research and Development was probed shortly after opening for purchasing bulk energy contracts on electricity while charging market rates to tenants.
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  • Mrs Too and Ben had a lunch date with a former co-worker and his wife at a restaurant in this mall. We were almost completely unfamiliar with the Mall at Columbia so we left as early as we could to wa...  more »
  • One of the best malls in Howard County. Has all of the usual brand stores - L&T, Nords, Macy's, JCP, Sears. Very good assortment of eateries in the Food Court. Also has outside stores & restaurants, s...  more »
  • Thia mall is huge and really well kept. Every commercial store that you need is located here. The restaurants in the area are excellent and affordable. nice place to visit.  more »
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  • This will always be my favorite mall just because of my history with it, but for the sake of leaving an objective review that guides others, I have to admit that this mall is not the best. Food-wise, this place is still top notch. But shopping-wise, it's pretty much dying. I've never seen so many empty spaces around the mall available for rent in the past 6 months than I've seen in my entire life there. Fortunately for me, I never went there to go shopping anyway, so that doesn't really matter to me anyway. Especially when the weather is nice, and it's not to crowded, I still think this is a very pleasant place to go to that's not as crazy and packed as some of the other malls out there.
  • I've been shopping here for years. With a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options people of all ages can enjoy their time here. It is fairly easy to navigate, which is convenient. The parking lot is very big, but can get full on a busy day like Saturdays, so plan accordingly. Overall, Columbia Mall is one of the best malls I've been to in the DC-Baltimore metropolitan area.
  • This is my first time here. Wide variety shops, foods, fun everything. Pretty big clean and nice✅parking big and easy ✅ I really like this mall. I would like to spend more time here. Kids area is really nice✅
  • Cheesecake Factory poor experience 25 minutes for a table on a Tuesday afternoon we didn't factor Graduation crowds. Our party of 4 we took the celebrity of reviewing the menu in advance while we waited for our table. It still took quite a while to receive our selections. Then our preteen hamburger was prepared wrong they had to fix her another one. We were all done before her burger came out. The manager appeased her with salad and fries Items that she was not interested in. The manager refused to adjust the bill he only wanted to offer up a complimentary slice of cheesecake. Didn't really want that either. procedure so we would know exactly what we want it we got a tablespoon You
  • A nice big mall. A bit on the higher end of malls. Lots of choices, two floors and a nice big food court. Zgallarie is a new store there and a must see!

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