Located on the Southside of Savannah, Georgia, Oglethorpe Mall was named after the founder of Savannah, General James Oglethorpe. Oglethorpe Mall opened in 1969 in April and is the oldest mall in Savannah. The mall first opened with Belk, McCrory, and Sears as the anchor stores. In 1974, the mall expanded by adding an additional 25,000 square feet of space. This first expansion was followed by additional expansions in 1982 and 1991.
The original mall was simplistic in design, having suspended ceilings, terrazzo flooring, and fluorescent lighting. Oglethorpe Mall was later redesigned using a 1980s design scheme. The redesign was completed in 1990. In the late 90s, the design was modernized by removing some of the neon lights and glass tile blocks that were so common in the 80s.
Owned by General Growth Properties, Oglethorpe Mall has 150 stores and services. There are four anchor stores. Located at 7804 Abercorn Extension in Savannah, Georgia, Oglethorpe Mall has 948,000 square feet of space. There are 5,348 parking spaces available for employees and customers.
The mall offers a variety of services, such as stroller rentals, copy service, fax service, notary service, lockers, and a play area for children. Safety escorts are available. Lockout service and jump starts are also available for automobiles. In addition, Oglethorpe Mall has a nursing lounge, a soft seating area, and wheelchair service.
The food court is located between Sear's and Macy's and offers customers ten different dining options. The food court is able to seat 800 people. In addition to the food court, there are fast food options located throughout the mall, as well as several restaurants.
Regular mall hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00am-9:00pm and 12:00pm-6:00pm on Sunday. Department store hours vary, and store hours may also change due to holidays or special events.
Oglethorpe Mall has stores in all of the following categories: accessories, bath and beauty, books, cards and gifts, children's apparel, department stores, entertainment, hobbies, housewares and home, jewelry, men's apparel, music, restaurants and eateries, services, shoes, specialty stores, sports and fitness, technology and electronics, toys, and women's apparel.
The mall has a wide variety of stores that includes many of the top names in retail like: Gap, Old Navy, American Eagle Outfitters, Charlotte Russe, New York & Co., Gymboree, Wet Seal, Express, and Victoria's Secret.
Oglethorpe Mall also offers and supports several programs and services. Mall walkers are welcome to take advantage of walking in a climate-controlled building. The mall has also formed a partnership with Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. Shoppers are able to participate in fundraising, volunteer opportunities, and awareness campaigns. In addition, the mall donates leftover construction materials to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore when possible.
Oglethorpe Mall also offers AMBER Alert Notifications. In the event of an active AMBER Alert, signs are placed in the high traffic areas of the mall so that shoppers are aware of the information. Shoppers can then alert law enforcement if they have any information to report regarding an existing AMBER Alert.