A circa-1972 layout of the one million square foot CRABTREE VALLEY MALL. It was located within the so-called Research Triangle or Triangle, terms coined in the mid-1950s in relation to several cutting edge universities in the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Eventually, the term Triangle began to be used in reference to the region as a whole.

Here is how the shopping hub was configured following a 1993-1995 renovation. Sears and Hecht's have moved into larger quarters, with Lord & Taylor renovating the old Hecht's (which had opened as a Thalhimers). The original Sears (in dark gray) has been carved into new inline store spaces.

The shopping center's trademark, circa-1995.
Graphic from www.crabtree-valley-mall.com