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Flashback Fotos: Metro Atlanta malls through the years

Metro Atlanta's malls are a significant part of its hospitality industry, which racks up billions of dollars in business. But the health of those malls has been in flux for years, and experts said in 2014 that a third were thriving and a third were struggling. Here's a look back at many of those malls through the years: their construction, grand openings and more. Pictured here: A shopper outside Lenox Square mall, in Buckhead, on Aug. 4, 1959.
Metro Atlanta's malls are a significant part of its hospitality industry, which racks up billions of dollars in business. But the health of those malls has been in flux for years, and experts said in 2014 that a third were thriving and a third were struggling. Here's a look back at many of those malls through the years: their construction, grand openings and more. Pictured here: A shopper outside Lenox Square mall, in Buckhead, on Aug. 4, 1959.

Credit: Charles Pugh/AJC 1959

Credit: Charles Pugh/AJC 1959

Metro Atlanta's malls are a significant part of its hospitality industry, which racks up billions of dollars in business.

But the health of those malls has been in flux for years, and experts said in 2014 that a third were thriving and a third were struggling.

Here's a look back at many of those malls through the years: their construction, grand openings and more.

Take a look back at the evolution of Lenox Mall, the opening of Arbor Place and the many — many — changing fashions.

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Atlanta malls

Construction on Lenox Square mall, which began in 1957 before its 1959 opening. (AJC) 

Atlanta malls
Atlanta malls

Lenox Square mall officials celebrate its grand opening in 1959. (Photo Credit: Hugh Stovall/ AJC 1959)

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Atlanta malls

Lenox Square mall, in Buckhead, circa 1972. (AJC)

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Atlanta malls

Lenox Square mall, in Buckhead, on Aug. 4, 1959. (Contributed)

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Atlanta malls

Phipps Plaza (in the foreground) and Lenox Square mall, in Buckhead, in September 1968. (AJC 1968)

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Atlanta malls

Teenagers playing video games at Cumberland Mall, in Cobb County, on June 23, 1978. (Jerome McClendon/ AJC 1978)

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Atlanta malls

 Cumberland Mall, in Cobb County, in 1973. (AJC 1973)

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Atlanta malls

Cumberland Mall, in Cobb County, on Feb. 7, 1997. (John Spink) 

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Atlanta malls

 A mother and her son cross the long-awaited pedestrian bridge linking Cumberland Mall with the Cobb Galleria Centre on Jan. 9, 1998. (Andy Sharp/ AJC 1998) 

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Atlanta malls

Cumberland Mall, in Cobb County, on May 9, 2003. (Andy Sharp/ AJC 2003) 

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Atlanta malls

Shoppers in Cumberland Mall in Cobb County on Jan. 16, 2014. (Hyosub Shin) 

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Atlanta malls

North Point Mall construction in Fulton County on Feb. 5, 1993. (Kimberly Smith/ AJC 1993) 

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Atlanta malls

Workers on July 29, 1971, on a lunch break during the construction of Perimeter Mall, in DeKalb County, as it nears its opening. (Joe McTyre/ AJC 1971) 

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Atlanta malls

The opening of Arbor Place Mall in Douglas County on Oct. 13, 1999. (Andy Sharp/ AJC 1999)

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Atlanta malls

Union City officials celebrate the opening of the Shannon Mall on Sept. 10, 1980. (AJC 1980)

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Atlanta malls

Shoppers during the opening day ceremonies for the South DeKalb Mall (now the Gallery at South DeKalb) in 1968. (Dwight Ross Jr./ AJC 1968) 

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Atlanta malls

North Point Mall, in Fulton County, on Oct. 18, 1994. (Kimberly Smith/ AJC 1994) 

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Atlanta malls

Stonecrest Mall, in DeKalb County, on May 23, 2002. (Curtis Compton) 

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Atlanta malls

Cumberland Mall, in Cobb County, on Nov. 16, 2006. (Calvin Cruce/ AJC 2006) 

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Atlanta malls

Shoppers during the two-week grand opening period of Perimeter Mall, in DeKalb County, on Aug. 11, 1971. (Joe McTyre/ AJC 1971)

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Atlanta malls

Southlake Mall, in Clayton County, on Sept. 24, 1998. (Marlene Karas/ AJC 1998) 

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Atlanta malls

Southlake Mall, in Clayton County, in 1996. (Philip McCollum/ AJC 1996) 

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Atlanta malls

Southlake Mall, in Clayton County, on Feb. 6, 2004. (Johnny Crawford/ AJC 2004) 

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Atlanta malls

Town Center at Cobb, in Cobb County, on Oct. 8, 1998. (Celine Bufkin/ AJC 1998)

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Atlanta malls

A shopper at Town Center at Cobb, in Cobb County, on Nov. 29, 1996. (Andy Sharp/ AJC 1996) 

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Atlanta malls

Southlake Mall, in Clayton County, before its opening on Aug. 4, 1976. (AJC 1976)

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Atlanta malls

Shoppers at Southlake Mall, in Clayton County, on Dec. 20, 1981. (W.A. Bridges Jr./ AJC 1981) 

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Atlanta malls

Gwinnett Place Mall, in Gwinnett County, in the 1980s. (AJC 1980s) 

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Atlanta malls

A mother and daughter shopping at Greenbriar Mall, in Fulton County, on May 12, 2012. (Bita Honarvar) 

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Atlanta malls

Shoppers during the grand opening of Arbor Place Mall, in Douglas County, on Oct. 13, 1999. (Andy Sharp/ AJC 1999) 

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Atlanta malls

The unveiling of Perimeter Mall's 30-foot papier-mache ice cream cone in the week after its August 1971 grand opening in DeKalb County. (Contributed by Mahan Photography)