Renovations Underway for City Place Mall

The mall will be renamed The Outlets at Silver Spring.

The City Place Mall is about to undergo renovations that will completely change it from a shopping plaza to an outlet venue, first reported by the Silver Spring Singular.

A new brochure for The Outlets at Silver Spring highlights the area’s demographics as well as the median income of residents, projects like The Fillmore, accessibility via the Metro, the proximity of the project to Washington, D.C., and more.

Floor plans on EW + B Development's website for the mall shows mostly restaurants and banks including McGinty's Public House, Moby Dick's, Noodles and Company, and PNC Bank inside of the new model.

Besides Marshalls, it's still unclear at this point what clothing shops are going to be inside of the revamped mall, but about 350,000 square feet is available for leasing. 

The grand opening is set for the end of this year, but the details haven't yet been finalized.

Moritz Reiter August 01, 2011 at 09:32 PM
I will believe it when I see it.
ilkunta August 02, 2011 at 12:30 AM
??? I think an office building on the top where the AMC Movies used to be a good idea. Outlet stores?
Mike Jones August 02, 2011 at 11:31 AM
This will #FAIL. If discount, low quality crap didn't sell before, what will outlet stores bring? And for some reason I have a hard time believing we will see big name brands like Polo or Nike in the mall which may have a shot. I just think this mall is rebranding itself as "the same crap as usual".
Tamika Smith (Editor) August 02, 2011 at 12:23 PM
Mike- What do you think should happen in order for this to work? Thanks for commenting!
Beth August 02, 2011 at 01:23 PM
The mall currently has a terrible vibe and a horrendous selection of stores. To succeed this new project needs to attract families in the area with money. To do that, they need to ensure that there aren't roaming bands of loud, obnoxious high school kids because that's a sure way to alienate families with younger kids. Also, the stores need to hire staff that are friendly and competent, which is currently not the case with a lot of the stores in City Place now.
Tamika Smith (Editor) August 02, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Thanks Beth for commenting!
Vern August 02, 2011 at 03:00 PM
If the mall is going to succeed there needs to be a balanced mix of stores. City Place needs more mainstream stores that will not only attract families, but also the working adults who take quick trips to the mall for a little lunchtime "shop-therapy", as well as those trendy and affordable stores like those that are in the mall today that cater to the young consumer. Beth, I agree with you on most of your points. However, you can't have a mall without teenagers. Teens have spending power too (who do you think is keeping the mall open in its current state?). A successful model for reviving City Place would be one that will be more inclusive and open to diversity, rather than one that looks to replace the current patrons, who by the way have proven to be loyal, with a few new faces who may not return after the Grand Re-Opening.
Susan August 02, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Well, we shall see. Don't like the proposed signage, looks like "The Foutlets at Silver Spring", and shouldn't it be IN Silver Spring? And just the word "Outlets" says "cheap, cheap, seconds, imports" to me. How about a decent anchor store, good food, coffee, services like dry cleaning, cobblers, pharmacy, etc.? When are those "in the [know]" going to start aiming higher in their attitude towards the residents of Silver Spring and visitors?
Melanie August 02, 2011 at 06:22 PM
We are assuming the outlets will offer similar merchandise to what's already offered at the mall - but if we get outlets like you see at any of the Tangier outlets, I would be happy with that. I would love to see outlets such as Osh Kosh, Gymboree, Stride Rite, etc that are kid-focused, which will draw parents for the greater Washington area. I think we are well-served with the cobblers, dry cleaners and pharmacies we already have in DTSS. We need more retail stores that appeal to both families and the large professional population that keeps our entire downtown busy during the workday. My personal wish for this mall would be to turn as much street-frontage into retail as possible (shops should be accessible from Fenton Street, not just Ellsworth) and devote the upper 2-3 stories to a store like Target, which would attract walkers and drivers from a greater distance who could use the upper tiers of the Ellsworth Parking Garage for immediate access. Then surrender the interior of the mall, which is dreary, to office space - medical or otherwise, or maybe a bowling alley? The idea of an interior mall runs counter to the intention of DTSS, so do away with it and repurpose the inside into some function that doesn't require a great deal of street-frontage or pedestrian traffic to populate it.
Pat Ryan Garcia August 02, 2011 at 08:11 PM
The original lineup of stores when CP opened was much better. I loved it when Nordstrom Rack was there. I am open to anything that will improve the paltry offerings there now.
Vanessa August 03, 2011 at 02:52 PM
IA with Melanie. It's a strange juxtaposition of indoor vs. outdoor. When I first moved to this area I had NO IDEA that CP existed, and even after I was told about it I couldn't imagine where it could be next to DTSS. I went once, and only once, because it was so dreary, dark, and empty indoors.
russresearcher August 09, 2011 at 12:07 AM
I also loved it when Nordstrom Rack was there and was crushed when they left- back then, apparently, the demographics weren't right and they weren't getting enough business. I was there constantly:-)
Mike January 22, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Outlets will be a total failure even if the owners actually get a plan together and execute. They should do some renovations and beg retailers like Target, Best Buy, Dave & Busters, and Bed, Bath & Beyond to move in. Personally, I wish Montgomery County would purchase it and make it a community athletic center. Pools, raquetball courts, olympic-sized ice rink, and perhaps a bowling center would really improve the DTSS experience and attract families and many new businesses.
ilkunta January 23, 2012 at 03:19 AM
mike : mo co has no $ to purrchase anything. that is why bags are being taxed. and surely you dont mean for the entire 5floors to be an athletic center? no way would that generate enough revenue.
robert trump January 18, 2013 at 09:24 PM
This mall is full of dope heads drug dealers the police needs to be more on top of this place and take out all those people that are harming the place. The mall sucks!!! There only indain cheap crappy stores and nasty food. Ugh this mall needs to.be renovated 100%
Walid r September 14, 2013 at 02:11 PM
I'm currently a tenet at this mall and hate it. I had silver star security ( hired by mall management) kick customers out of my store and call Montgomery county police on us. After several emails to mall manager Gary b. all my attempts to get in touch with him were left on deaf ears, no response absolute nothing. I can see why other tenants left and will not be returning. If Petrie Ross ventures wants to flip this into a prosperous place like Tyson's they should start with the core ( management & security) as far as I'm concerned I'm glad to be leaving for a more profitable location and more professional mall.


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