City Place Mall - Silver Spring
Ellsworth Place is a 350,000-square-foot (33,000 m2), six-story, enclosed shopping mall in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. It opened as City Place Mall on April 2, 1992, and is located at the intersection of Fenton Street and Colesville Road (U.S. Route 29). The mall, which is currently completing extensive renovations but is still open to the public, and several new stores opened in spring 2016. Dave and Buster's is scheduled to open later in the year.
The mall is located near center of intense development and redevelopment occurring in downtown Silver Spring. Current Ellsworth Place anchors include Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls, Michaels, Ross Dress for Less and TJMaxx. An initial redevelopment in the early 2000s saw the addition of a row of street-level shops, including PNC Bank, Noodles & Company, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Ben & Jerry's
The building that houses the mall was formerly a Hecht Company department store, the first suburban Washington, D.C., branch of that company, which opened in 1947; the downtown Silver Spring Hecht's closed when the Hecht's at Wheaton Plaza opened in 1987. (The mall is an expansion of the original Hecht's building.) From its start, the mall included "upscale" discount stores, including original tenants Nordstrom Rack and Ross Dress for Less. The mall also included an AMC movie theater on its fifth floor, but it closed shortly after a 20-screen Consolidated Theatres (now Regal Theaters) opened directly across Ellsworth Drive from Ellsworth Place. In 2005 Rihanna did a free concert at the mall, on a temporary stage that covered the fountain. The event was sponsored by D.C.'s hit music station Hot 99.5, and was in support of her debut album Music of the Sun, with proceeds donated to victims of Hurricane Katrina.