Greenbriar Mall hits 50

One of metro Atlanta’s oldest malls, Greenbriar Mall in South Fulton, has hit a half century.

As part of its 50th anniversary, the mall has been offering sales and inducements this week. For example, shoppers are promised a gift if they spend $300 or more before Sept. 26th.

On that,Greenbriar Mall, June 2014 the last day of the celebration, the mall hosts an event called “Taste of Greenbriar.”

The mall, first opened in late summer 1965, sits on a roughly 90-acre site, a former golf course now near the corner Langford Parkway and I-285 – a highway that was yet to be built.

And while Lenox Square mall opened six years earlier than Greenbriar, officials from Greenbriar have contested Lenox’ claim to be the first enclosed mall in the region since Lenox was touted as a “lifestyle center.”

Greenbriar boasts itself as the site of the first Chick-fil-A restaurant located in a mall. And in Facebook posts, Greenbriar calls itself “Atlanta’s first air-conditioned mall.”

The mall is managed by Atlanta-based Hendon Properties, which also handles other properties in Georgia, as well in Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Florida and Virginia.

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Nina49
Nina49

I was 16 and Greenbriar  Mall was the most magical place I had ever seen! My family spent many hours there...it was a wonderful place to grow up! It's really a shame that such a historic land mark has become a place to fear! People...demand better and work together to repel and defeat any negativity. Please let the good people everywhere work to restore decency and honor in your own neighborhoods and bring those who have evil on their minds to understand the meaning of honesty, community, and the "Golden Rule"! God bless you all and success in your endeavors!

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

I remember when Greenbriar was a safe place to go but THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO

GTMan1949
GTMan1949

The kiosk upstairs to purchase movie tickets, Woolworths, Orange Julius, Richs with the Magnolia Restaurant overlooking the mall, Krogers, Happy Hermans, Tom Mchans , J.P. Allen, Thompson Boland Lee,  a great place to meet girls from Headland, Russell, Therell, Arlington, ,,, what memories, and the place was safe.........

EdGraham
EdGraham

Greenbriar can call itself "Atlanta's first mall" or "Atlanta's first air-conditioned mall" or whatever they like.  it's still a dump and overrun with thugs.  You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.

sailaway
sailaway

I remembered when it opened.  We thought we had it made.  It provided jobs for me.  First Arts Donut, then Richs. JC Penneys and Finally the movie theater.  I learned a lot, met people and enjoyed my time during those days.

nola23
nola23

I helped open a store called Muses in Greenbriar Shopping Center when the center opened for business. I was the Assistant Manager until I got married in October. At that point I was transferred back to Lenox Square. I lived in Buckhead and it was a long commute to Greenbriar in those days.