Our History

A vintage black and white photo of the Tysons Corner Center sign with copy readying "Centerwide January Clearance"

Our Beginnings

In a region where historical markers are everywhere, it should come as no surprise that Tysons Corner Center is a landmark in and of itself – starting as one of the first super-regional shopping centers in the country and now one of the nation’s signature mixed-use communities.
A black and white aerial view of Tysons Corner Center from the 1960s

Early Days

On July 25, 1968, Tysons Corner Center introduced suburban Washington, D.C. to the convenience and comfort of a fully enclosed, climate-controlled shopping experience when it opened its doors for the first time. It quickly grew to include three anchors (Hecht’s, Lansburgh’s and Woodward & Lothrop) and 100 specialty stores. New York import Bloomingdale’s joined in 1976.
A black and white aerial view of Tysons Corner Center from 1972

Through the Years

In its 50+ years, Tysons Corner Center has stayed at the forefront of the ever-changing retail landscape through large-scale renovations and continual re-merchandising to meet the evolving consumer demands of the surrounding community.
The interior of Tysons Corner Center during the 1980s-1990s


By 1988, the center boasted nearly 650,000 square feet of new retail space, filled by 100 additional stores. Nordstrom in 1988, followed closely by Lord & Taylor in 1990, were among the center’s heralded newcomers.
An aerial photo of Tysons Corner Center as it appeared circa 2005


In 2005, with Macerich at the helm after acquiring a 50 percent interest in the property, a massive renovation would bring the shopping center today to a total of 2.25 million square feet – almost twice its original size - making it the largest in the Washington, D.C. area.
A vintage evening view of Tysons Corner circa 2018


By 2018, Tysons Corner Center transformed into an urban, pedestrian-oriented live-work-shop destination, with up to 3.7 million square feet of office, residential, retail and hotel uses.
Pedestrian bridge connecting the Silver Line transit stop to Tysons Corner Center

Today and Into the Future

Metro's Silver Line now links Tysons Corner Center to the surrounding community. Beautifully landscaped plazas, parks and walkways surround first-class shopping, office, and residential development in a vibrant, enticing setting.

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