Renovations will boost Perimeter Mall

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When Perimeter Mall opened in Dunwoody in 1971 near the intersection of I-285 and Georgia 400, it was the fourth mall to open in DeKalb County and the first mall in metro Atlanta to be located outside the I-285 Perimeter. Anchor stores were Rich’s and JC Penney.

Forty-four years later, the mall not only still stands and operates but boasts a whopping 1,554,288 square feet of gross leasable space, making it the second-largest shopping mall in the state, behind only Gwinnett County’s Mall of Georgia, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

This year and next, the mall will be undergoing a two-phase renovation. Phase one, taking place this year, will include upgrades of new ceramic flooring, new lighting, modern seating areas, updated restrooms and new signage, some of which will be replacing the mall’s original 1970s decor, according to Bill Baker, Perimeter Mall general manager.

While Baker will not discuss phase two in detail, or announce a dollar amount associated with the renovations, he will say the second phase, which is scheduled to begin in January 2016 and focus on interior improvements in the wing that includes Dillard’s and Macy’s, “will include exterior cosmetic upgrades and the addition of some great amenities and technology.”

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