Potomac Mills

Potomac Mills is a shopping mall located in Woodbridge, Virginia in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Located near Interstate 95 between Smoketown Road, Telegraph Road and the Prince William Parkway.

Potomac Mills
The food court at Neighborhood 4
LocationWoodbridge, Virginia, United States
Address2700 Potomac Mills Cir
Opening dateSeptember 19, 1985 (September 19, 1985)
DeveloperMills Corporation
OwnerSimon Property Group
No. of stores and services225
No. of anchor tenants22
Total retail floor area1,606,000 sq ft (149,200 m2)
No. of floors1

The mall was the first in the Mills Corporation's chain of shopping malls, and has over 225 retailers and features an 18-screen AMC movie theater. The mall was expanded in 1993, adding a wing anchored by Marshalls and JCPenney, along with a Burlington Coat Factory.[1] Cohoes Fashions was also an early tenant and later closed in 1987, being replaced by a Woodward & Lothrop outlet store. Other original tenants included IKEA, Sears outlet and Waccamaw Pottery.[2] The IKEA location at Potomac Mills was one of the company's earliest retail outlets in America, and proved so popular that it eventually required a new, dedicated building adjacent to the primary Potomac Mills complex. Tenants include Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue, Costco, IKEA, Marshalls & HomeGoods, Buy Buy Baby, AndThat!, JCPenney, Sears Outlet, TJ Maxx, and Bloomingdales.


The mall was opened on September 19, 1985. Originally, the mall's name was the "Washington Outlet Mall" during planning stages, however it was later renamed to "Potomac Mills".[3] In March 2018, the 140-foot sign was caused to tilt due to strong wind gusts, which prompted to be taken down.[4] Near the end of March 2019, the sign would be seen with an updated design.[5]


  1. "The Free Lance-Star - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  2. "Cohoes Moving to Mall in Silver Spring". 16 May 1988. Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. Writer, Roger Snyder Contributing. "At Potomac Mills, the sign(s) of our times". Prince William Times. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  4. Cook, Gina. "Leaning Potomac Mills Mall Sign Taken Down". NBC4 Washington. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  5. Reports, Staff. "'Reimagined' Potomac Mills sign nears completion". Prince William Times. Retrieved 2019-05-16.

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