Our first CRABTREE VALLEY MALL layout dates to late 1972. At this time, the facility encompasses around 960,000 leasable square feet. Over 100 stores and services line its 2-level shopping concourse. Two parking decks, and various surface lots, provide space for 5,500 autos. 


A grand opening day crowd stroll through the Main Entrance, which was accessed from the Upper Level of the north parking deck. A storefront for Piccadilly Cafeteria may be seen on the left.
Photo from http://www.crabtree-valley-mall.com/anniversary (Website on Internet Archive Wayback Machine)


A 2-story-high fiberglass "fountain" graced the original mall's Center Court.
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Here we have a different vantage point view of Center Court. This includes the fiberglass "fountain", a set of escalators and the Thalhimers mallway entrance.
Photo from "Thalhimers Department Store: Story, History, & Theory" / Virginia Commonwealth University Theses & Dissertations / Elizabeth Thalhimer Smartt / 2005


In this vintage view, we see East Wing stores, such as Sam Goody Music.
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The mall's West Wing is shown in this image. On the lower right is the Spencer Gifts storefront.
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Inside the Spencer store is a selection of t-shirts and posters.
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A freestanding Convenience Center, on the east end of the site, opened for business over a year before the adjacent mall was completed. It contained stores such as a barber shop, post office, beauty salon and Big Star supermarket. The Valley Theatres I & II (seen on the right) showed its first features in February 1971.
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