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Fair Oaks Mall – is it worth the drive?
  • EvaEva June 20, 2013 - 3:32 pm #77319 Reply

    Never been and was wondering how it may compare to Tyson’s or Pentagon City Mall?

    Rick June 20, 2013 - 5:27 pm #77333 Reply

    Well it’s certainly not like the two. It resembles tysons of the late 90′s in size. No central food court but mall-type offerings (chick-fil-a, panda express, sbarro, popeyes, subway, taco bell) scattered, and some sit down places (cheesecake factory, Brazilian bbq, seafood buffet, sports bar). Park at sears. No one goes to sears, it’s next to the entrance for 66 traffic, and it’s like walking through time.

    thrak June 21, 2013 - 9:57 am #77352 Reply

    You won’t find anything at Fair Oaks that isn’t at Tyson’s, but within 1-2 miles surrounding it you’ll have access to a ton of other stores in the Fair Lakes area.


    Also a Kohl’s, Dick’s, and Whole Foods around the corner from there.  And Fairfax Corner is nearby and has some smaller specialty shops, an REI, nice theaters, etc..   http://www.fairfaxcorner.com/homepage.cfm?id=6

    I wouldn’t say any of it is special, but it is convenient to have it all in close proximity.

    Arlington, SSR June 21, 2013 - 9:58 am #77353 Reply

    It’s a lot easier to get in and out of than Tysons or Pentagon City.  Parking is free, unlike PC.  It has a good normal selection of mall stores but lacks some of the specialty stores you might find at PC or Tysons (especially Tysons II).  Check the website to make sure it has the stores you need before heading all the way out there.  It has more restaurants than PC (but no food court, as noted) but probably about the same as Tysons.  There are other strip malls around Fair Oaks that have additional retail and food choices.

    Anonymous June 21, 2013 - 10:20 am #77356 Reply

    People who use power tools and stuff like that go to Sears.

    Rick June 21, 2013 - 11:23 pm #77436 Reply

    Yeah Fair Lakes+Fairfax Corner+Wegmans is definitely a plus for going to Fairfax for shopping. That Whole Foods is one of the nicest in the chain, same with the Dick’s Sporting Goods. Wal Mart just got redone in the last 3 years and is huge, and there’s a Costco and Home Depot mixed in at 29/286/West Ox

    kane August 5, 2013 - 10:46 am #82482 Reply


    Major interior and exterior upgrades now underway while mall remains open

    FAIRFAX, VA (July 12, 2013) - Fair Oaks Mall is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation to include interior and exterior upgrades. The project will be completed in two phases, with all renovations targeted for completion by the 2014 holiday season.

    Work will be done at night, while the mall is closed, to minimize disruptions to shoppers and tenants. All work will be suspended during the 2013 holiday season.

    Upgrades to the mall and grounds will include new lighting, flooring, entrances, landscaping and interior and exterior signage. New seating areas throughout the mall will be outfitted with contemporary modular furnishings, café table seating, and "tech tables" with charging outlets and high-top stools. Fair Oaks will also introduce free Wi-Fi throughout the mall.
    Fair Oaks' customer service center will be redesigned for easier shopper access. The customer service center will remain open during Fair Oaks' renovations, continuing to provide free customer gift wrap, stroller and wheel chair loaners, Privilege Card frequent shopper services, and Ticketmaster and gift card sales.

    The Ted Britt Ford Lincoln Court and Fair Oaks play area are the first interior areas currently under extensive renovation. Interior fountains are being removed to make way for additional modular seating.

    All five mall entrances will receive major upgrades. Existing entrances will be demolished and replaced with more contemporary, welcoming and identifiable entrances, complemented by new lighting, signage, seating and landscaping. Entrances will remain open and available to shoppers throughout the renovations.

    Fair Oaks' grounds and five main vehicle entrances, accessed from I-66, Route 50/Lee Jackson Memorial Highway and Fair Lakes Parkway, are currently being landscaped and will have new mall as well as vehicular directional and way-finding signage.

    Fair Oaks' popular annual events, such as Mall-O-Ween, Black Friday's "Eat.Sleep.Shop.
    FairOaks.," the Ice Palace with Santa and Lunar New Year celebrations, will all go on as planned during the renovations.

    Fair Oaks is one of the region's largest premier shopping destinations in Fairfax, Virginia, less than 18 miles from Washington D.C. Fair Oaks features a collection of 200 shops, services and dining options including Lord & Taylor, Macy's I and II, Sears and JCPenney, with Aldo, Apple, Art of Shaving, Banana Republic, BCBGMaxAzria, Brighton Collectibles, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Clarks, Coach, J. Crew, H&M, Michael Kors, Liljenquist-Beckstead, MAC Cosmetics, Pottery Barn, Sephora, Sports Zone Elite, Williams-Sonoma, XXI Forever, Zumiez, The Cheesecake Factory, Todai, Luciano, Elevation Burger, Champps and Texas de Brazil Steakhouse.

    Located immediately off I-66 at Route 50, with close-to 8,000 easily accessed free parking spaces, Fair Oaks services include a DMV (with Saturday hours), Ticketmaster and exclusive Privilege Card frequent shopper program. Daily shopping hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am – 9:30 pm and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. For additional information, call 703.359.8300 or visit http://www.ShopFairOaksMall.com.

    CrystalMikey August 5, 2013 - 3:05 pm #82542 Reply

    Laugh Out Loud at the Food Court having a sponsor.

    Rick August 5, 2013 - 4:20 pm #82575 Reply

    @crystalmikey it’s the “center court”. The open areas where the fountains/performer spaces were. There is no central “food court” at Fair Oaks.

    R. Griffon August 5, 2013 - 5:44 pm #82589 Reply

    I lived out in Fairfax/Centreville for about 10 years and have been there more times than I can count, and would echo what everyone else has said: it’s OK, but there’s really nothing out there that you can’t get here, so not really worth the trip. I’d go to Tyson’s if I were looking for anything more or different than we have right here.

    MissKittenCat August 8, 2013 - 1:18 pm #83090 Reply

    If you want to shop with a smaller crowd than its the mall for you.  Tyson’s and Pentagon City Malls always are busy with children, Tourists and the office building employees. Fair oaks has a nice Burbs feel to it not to crowded but has most of the stores that Tyson’s offers. Plus the surrounding stores are nice (Khols, WalMart, etc.)

    barticus August 8, 2013 - 4:31 pm #83197 Reply

    The last time I went to Fair Oaks was to go the DMV on a Saturday afternoon.  You can see the absurdity of the two Macy’s, but other than that, it’s nothing special.

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