SEVEN CORNERS CENTER: FALLS CHURCH, VA
Edward Stroger's Commentary
Posted June 3, 2006 (user submitted)
Seven Corners Center was located at the intersections of VA Rte 7 (Leesburg
Pike), Wilson Blvd, and US 50 (Arlington Blvd) in Falls Church, VA. This mall
happens to be the first regional shopping center in Northern VA. It was believed
to be built in the early 1950s.
I believe the original mall contained two or three anchors Woodward & Lothrop,
Raliegh's, and a Garfinkel's (all 3 department stores went out of business in
the late 80s and early 90s.) In the late 80's or early 90's a Ross: Dress for Less or
Marshall's was put in the mall and the mall possibly died because of
demographic changes around that time. There was a department store on across
the street believed to be once a Lord & Taylor (stand-alone). It was believed
to have closed in the late 80s and a Caldor replaced the space. Since the
bankruptcy, a Sears now occupies the space... Not far from the shopping center
is a Syms which has been there for years.
In the late 1990s the mall was demolished and the Ross Dress for less is still there.
The current shopping center is now a large strip mall with a Shoppers Food
Warehouse, Best Buy, DSW Shoes (not sure), Home Depot, Barnes & Noble
Bookstore, and other national and small chain store. In Oct 2002, the mall made
national news for the sniper shooting of a woman coming out of Home Depot with
the accomplice of John Allen Mohammed. Restaurants and fast food includes a
Wendy's and Uno's.
I believe that the mall failed initially with the closing of Woodward &
Lothrop, Raliegh's and Garfinkels. These stores were some of the original
prominent stores in Washington D.C. There were other locations of these 3
stores including - Springfield Mall (Springfield, VA), Landmark Center
(Alexandria, VA), Fair Oaks Mall (Fairfax, VA), and Tysons Corner Center
I believe this is all I could possibly contribute or remember. I've seen an
aerial view of the Seven Corners area of Falls Church at one of the Fairfax
saulcenters.com/prop/vaprop/nova/7corners/index.html - Seven Corners Center As It Is Today