Seattle architect John Graham Jr., who conceptualized the Space Needle, was the original designer of the first American shopping mall featuring two rows of stores facing each other under a covered pedestrian walkway - Northgate Mall. Situated in the Northgate district of northern Seattle, this innovative mall opened its doors in 1950, the first of three contracted malls built by developer Allied Stores in the Puget Sound area. Northgate Mall was also the first shopping mall to offer public restrooms. Today, the mall is a part of the S&P 500 organization Simon Property Group Inc., the largest real estate company in the nation.
Located on part of Thornton Creek, a former cranberry bog in the Maple Leaf neighborhood, the shopping center encompasses 980,000 square feet of retail space. In 2006, construction began on a 100,000-square-foot addition of an outdoor urban village as part of the Northgate revitalization project. Completed in 2008 the new outdoor village welcomed new shops and restaurants such as Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Starbucks Coffee, Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Gene Juarez Salon and Spa. The best place to grab a drink after work or to catch a sports game is the RAM Restaurant. Romano’s Macaroni Grill is family-oriented dining with tables covered in paper so that children and adults can doodle while enjoying an Italian meal.
Northgate Mall houses over 125 retailers, including anchor stores Macys, Nordstrom, DSW Shoes, and JCPenney. Recently, the mall has expanded its retail stores by opening Forever 21, Vans, Lids, Icing, Sarku Japan, and Wet Seal. The mall’s floor plan is simple in design with one long strip of stores and a lively food court on the south end. The mall recently added a five-story parking garage on the south end to eliminate time wasted looking for a spot while you could be shopping.
Express bus lines connect downtown Seattle and Northgate Mall and this service, implemented in 1970, was the first of its kind to be offered in Washington State. It proved to be the model for the Metro Transit park-and-ride routes in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties.
Northgate Mall is a popular shopping destination for college students and families living in north Seattle. Surrounding the mall are Target, Best Buy, and Ross Dress for Less, making this shopping destination even more appealing.
- Monday through Saturday: 10am to 9:30pm
- Sunday: 11am to 7pm
- Metro Stop:
- Bus Lines: 5, 16, 41, 66, 67, 68, 75, 242, 303, 345, 346, 347, 348, 555, 556, 995
- Location: 401 NE Northgate Way, Seattle, WA
- Phone: 206-362-4778
- Website: www.simon.com