Things Remembered By Bill Seay - Ansley Mall

08 Apr 2020 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


ANSLEY MALL SHOPPING CENTER

04/05/20

In the early 1800s, in old Easton township, a train depot likely

occupied the property where Ansley Mall is today. The railroad linking

Easton to Atlanta is long gone but the BeltLine follows its roadbed.

Watkins Mill on Clear Creek, the first business in the area, served the

surrounding farmers. Across the creek, Meredith Collier ran the first

local post office out of his home. These were Piedmont Heights’

commercial roots.

In 1928 Atlanta annexed Easton and changed its name to Piedmont

Heights. By that time a number of homes had been built in the area,

mostly west of Montgomery Ferry Road, which was already a noted

suburb.

In the early 1960s the Adams-Cates Company purchased a 16 acre

tract on the west side of Piedmont Avenue from Clear Creek to

Monroe Drive to build one of Atlanta’s first shopping centers. The

land, a former cow pasture,was mostly vacant except for an auto

repair/service station on Piedmont Road and five houses on Monroe

Drive.

In 1964 Ansley Mall opened for business. It cost $3.2 million and

boasted 175,000 square feet of shops spread along a beautifully

landscaped open-air mall. Anchored by a Woolworth 5 & 10 and a

Colonial supermarket, it also featured 26 smaller retailers. Early

tenants included Regalos “emporium”, the Matador Room cocktail bar,

Ansley Florist, Morrison’s Cafeteria, Revco drugstore, and the 175-

seat Ansley Mall Mini-Cinema. It soon became a serious rival to the

older commercial district on Peachtree at Tenth Street.

Selig Enterprises bought the property in 1972 and in 2010 gave the

buildings a contemporary exterior facelift and re-landscaping the open

mall. Today, a shopping magnet for all the surrounding

neighborhoods, it is one of Atlanta’s few open-air malls and, as such,

featured in the “Mall Hall of Fame”.

Bill Seay 

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