When Potomac Mills Mall opened its doors in September 1985, we were among the first shoppers to walk the shiny parquet floors.
As Woodbridge residents, we welcomed the ability to shop within a very short driving distance from home.
Gone were the days when Christmas shopping required trips into the city or nearby malls such as Springfield Mall or Tysons Corner.
Many of the original stores are gone now but other stores quickly replaced them. Even as residents, we often have trouble keeping up to date on the current mall occupants.
Bloomingdale's opened their first store in Prince William County at Potomac Mills in 2010. It is located in the former Sports Authority space in Neighborhood One.
Also new to the Mall...Crazy 8, a fashion and accessories store for newborn to size 14 and a "Gymboree" brand will open in Neighborhood 2. A full fledged Gymboree store is located in Potomac Town Center.
Potomac Mills Mall is huge...
It one of the world's largest outlet malls in the country and a bargain shopper's paradise.
The mall also ranks as one of the top tourist attractions in the Washington D.C. area.
We post holiday hours on the site blog.
Please note that individual stores at Potomac Mills Mall may have their own holiday hours which differ from Mall hours.
Located just off Interstate 95, between Exits 156 and 158B, Potomac Mills is easily accessible to both local, northern Virginia residents and visitors.
Retail giants such as Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th serve as anchor stores. We now have a Bloomingdale outlet. A personal favorite is Nordstrom Rack is one of the original mall occupants The Rack is my favorite stores. The original Chico's Outlet store closed its doors in October 2009 and then recently re-appeared further down the the Neighborhood 1 corridor
The Neiman Marcus© "Last Call" outlet recently added its glitter to the mall. Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th is here too. Soon, a Macy's department store will become the newest anchor store in yet another, brand new, upscale retail center across from Potomac Mills.
And just to prove how unpredictable the mall tenants are, a new Chico's store reappeared in Neighborhood 1. This makes it their second tenure at the Mall.
Fashion king Leon Max has set up an outlet shop - the only one in NOVA - right here at Potomac Mills. Max Studios is located in Neighborhood 1.
Labels such as Juicy Couture can be found in several stores including Nordstrom, T.J.Maxx and Marshall's but Juicy Couture does not have a store at the Mall. Their only listed store is at Tyson's Galleria. But wait...we now have a a Juicy Couture outlet in Neighborhood 1.
Their telephone number is (703)490-5134]. Next to Ann Taylor. Take the corner entrance next to Off Broadway Shoes and veer left.
Just a few doors down is the BCBG store.
More than 200 top-notch retail stores in five, distinct "neighborhoods" offer merchandise in a variety of categories, with IKEA occupying a prime location outside the main mall building.
The Food Court is located directly behind the main Potomac Mills mall entrance in Neighborhood 4. You can access the Food Court either from the front of the Mall or from the back of the mall, between the rear entrances to the Children's Place and Burlington's.
It offers a great assortment of quick service food from Frank & Stein to Sbarro Italian Eatery, Chinese to Mediterranean and several standard fast food counters.
Has all the shopping resulted in complete exhaustion?
For a reviving jolt of caffeine, stop by the Starbucks® store, located immediately off the Food Court and conveniently next to a Mrs. Field's Cookies.
Looking for Steve Madden shoes? Check out Off Broadway Shoes, located just inside the Neighborhood 1 mall entrance and don't forget to visit the shoe department at Nordstrom Rack.
Ruby Tuesday used to occupy the corner near the entrance to Neighborhood 1 but on the perimeter of the mall, you will find other full service restaurants such as the Olive Garden and Chilis.
In any case, you will not go hungry when shopping at Potomac Mills Mall!
Are your children tired of shopping?
Send them to the movies. Here is a listing of Potomac Mills Mall AMC Theaters movie show times.
AMC Potomac Mills 18, now with IMAX, occupies a corner of the mall, in Neighborhood 1, right next to Neimann Marcus and Off Broadway Shoes.
With 18 screens, you are sure to find a show appropriate for every member of the family.
In fact, we made it a family outing and took the grand children to see Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin on a chilly afternoon soon after the movie release.
The parking lot directly outside the theater fills up very quickly at show times and is near capacity all weekend.
Beginning in late fall, the entire mall complex becomes very busy and it feels as if everyone on the East Coast is shopping in Woodbridge, Virginia.
The monthly turnaround in mall occupants often produces a brand new lineup of stores.
Newcomers include the Calvin Klein outlet, Cole Haan, and Coach Outlet store, which recently replaced Eddie Bauer. It promises to be a popular destination. Judging by the long lines at the cash registers, this brand new store is already a huge retail success.
If you are planning a shopping trip to the Potomac Mills, be sure to read our posts on mall happenings.
There is a definite method to uncovering the best deals at Potomac Mills Mall and getting the most for your money. No every seasoned shopper will agree with my tactics but I've been shopping the mall since it opened in 1985. It works for me.
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Although I have often found great prices during seasonal clearance sales at regular department stores, if you are not looking for the absolute latest styles in fashion and accessories, you can and will walk away with some fabulous deals. Let's say that it is now quite difficult to purchase anything at full retail price.
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