Duluth, GA

Iconic U.S. Shopping Mall, Featured in Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Approved For Demolition

Joel Eisenberg

The entity will be fully redeveloped, according to current plans.

Gwinnett Place Mall; Duluth, GeorgiaPhoto byAdobe Stock

Author’s Note

This article is based on corporate postings and accredited media reports. Linked information within this article is attributed to the following outlets: Wikipedia.org and BizJournals.com.


I write extensively about the state of U.S. shopping malls for NewsBreak. In recent months, most of my articles on the subject have detailed recent mall closures, and this piece will be no different.

Now comes word that the demolition and redevelopment of an iconic U.S. mall, as featured in a major streaming series, appears to be going through.

Wikipedia features a comprehensive and well-attributed overview of the entity: Gwinnett Place Mall is a largely vacant shopping mall located in the Pleasant Hill Road corridor of Duluth, Georgia, in the United States... It was used as the Starcourt Mall filming location for the third season of Netflix's “Stranger Things.” Original anchor tenants upon opening in 1984 were Rich's, Davison'sand Sears. Mervyn's later joined the mall, and Davison's was changed to Macy's.

Let us explore further.

U.S. Shopping Malls, 2023

According to a report from BizJournals.com, entitled “Gwinnett Place Mall is Mostly Empty. Redevelopment Could Start Soon,” all legal hurdles have been cleared for a new locale, and plans are ambitious.

As excerpted from the report: Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved a plan to redevelop Gwinnett Place Mall. That will allow demolition of the site to start within one or two years.

Regarding specifics, the report goes on to state: The 20-year-old strategy involves creating seven residential villages with up to 3800 residential units, as well as offices, restaurants, shops, greenspace and a cultural center.


This is a developing story. In the event of pertinent updates to this matter, inclusive of progress and official announcements of milestone dates, I will share them here on NewsBreak.

Thank you for reading.

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