Laurel Mall will soon be changing. Those who are long time fans of the mall will be pleased to hear it will be expanding and will be changing its name to Laurel Commons. The mall will be an indoor and outdoor center, and will add additional retail stores, as well as more dining, a children's play area, beautiful landscaping, more parking, a new fazade, updated interior spaces, and a renovated food court. The mall's anchor stores, Macy's International Furniture Liquidators, and Burlington Coat Factory will remain following the renovation.
Currently, Laurel Mall offers a variety of amenities that will still be a part of the shopping center once the renovation is complete. There are family restrooms, an ATM machine, a Fed Ex drop off location, a lost and found center, and stroller and wheel chair service. Current eateries include Grill to Go and Auntie Anne's. Special events take place thoughout the year including photos with Santa around the holiday season. The mall features a Bath and Body Works, Lady Foot Locker, Claire's, Fashion Bag Gallery, Rainbow, Secret Garden, GNC, Whitney Jewelers, Best Dollar, A Step Ahead, and Healing Touch. More stores are on the way, so keep an eye on the mall website to keep up to date on the latest additions.
The mall is located on Route 1 in Prince George's County and over the years its popularity has descended. The owners reported that 16% of the rental space has been empty for awhile. The mall was sold to a new ownership group from Los Angeles in 2006 after facing financial trouble under the former ownership group. After holding town hall meetings in the community, the new ownership group realized how disappointed and aggravated residents were with the status of the old mall. They announced their intentions to redesign the interior and exterior of the mall, and to lure a large book retailer and various dining establishments into the space. As of 2008, the renovation had slowed, but there are still plans to continue adding to the mall.
The mall operates a mall walkers program. Walkers are invited to the mall Monday through Saturday at 7:00 am and Sundays at 9:00 am. The walking experience allows walkers the opportunity to exercise in a climate controlled environment. Information can be found inside the mall at the walker table set up in the food court on Tuesdays and Thursday while walking is in session.
Shoppers can purchase mall gift cards which can be used at GGP malls nationwide. They are available in denominations of $25 - 200. The certificates can only be purchased online, and recipients can check their remaining balance online as well. There is also a list of participating shopping establishments on the site.
Mall hours are Monday through Saturday 10:30 - 8:30 pm and Sundays from noon until 5:00 pm. Shoppers are invited to experience the ever changing world of the Laurel Mall. While the mall gets its updates, you can still continue to get the great deals and service the mall has always offered.