Short Pump Town Centre, Richmond
The Short Pump Town Centre is one of the Richmond area's newest major shopping mall. Different from others like Regency Square, Chesterfield Town Centre, and Virginia Centre Commons- all enclosed malls, this one is very much an open-air shopping centre. That is okay during the spring and autumn when the temperatures are more moderate, but how will shoppers feel in the depths of winter and in the dog days of summer? For example, it rained rather hard its opening day. There are dozens of more upmarket shops at this new mall. I was not impressed by that. I was even less impressed by the snooty nature of even the clerks. I sensed it and my mama got a heaping helping of it at the computer store. This mall might impress some with a taste for the "finer" things, but it will be a month of Sundays before I ever turn up here again and, I daresay, my kinfolks as well.
What to buy: Complete store listing
What to pay: It leans more to the upmarket, but some bargains may be found if you look hard enough.
I must say starting off that Short Pump Town Center is probably my most favorite mall in the Richmond area. I literally go there about once a week, and hang out with friends and go shopping. This outdoor mall is definetly an architectural feat, and if anything must be visited just to see the layout of the mall. The entrance to the mall is like crossing an old moat going into a medival castle. The entrance has a moat, and adajacent restaurants galour. Once in the mall you will be blown away by the gigantic size of the mall itself. The mall has about 120 shops, and is spread out into 3 sections. Each section has a real pretty fountain and a wide court area to sit on benches. The anchor stores are Hecht, JC Penny's, and Sears. ( They are in the process of adding a Lord & Taylor) You literally could spend a half day in this mall. You could enjoy a good lunch in the enclosed food court, then go shopping at the numerous stores that flood the mall. You could take a rest in Bose, and check out there home theater system. Trust me this is a must do, it will blow you away. Then you could go to Brookstone and relax in one of their reclining chairs, or enjoy one of their foot massagers. Lastly you could enjoy a good mix of icecream at Cold Stone. The mall is just amazing, and the restaurants there are great. Restaurants in the mall include Maggiano's(a upscale italian restaurant), the Copper Grille (a fancy steak restaurant which is for more formal occasions), Baker's Crust, Firebirds, and California Pizza ( all 3 of which are reasonable and really really good. As a matter of fact I took Jessi out there to Baker's Crust recently and she loved the restaurant. If I could rate this mall I would give it a 6 out of 5. Now I know that is not possible but you wait and see. One last note on the mall is that if you make it out there on a Friday or Saturday night you will find some live music out in the main courtyard in front of the food court, and Dick's Sporting. The mall is 2 stories and outdoor.
What to buy: This mall has literally everything. I think it is just awesome to tour some of the shops out there like the real fancy furniture stores, or even the Bose store and Brookstone. The mall has everything your heart and mind could desire or imagine.
What to pay: You should expect to spend alittle bit more than at a normal mall, but the quality of the clothing is really nice. This is an A mall which means it gets the best of all the stores merchandise.
Short Pump has most of the shops that appeal to me but my main reason to drive here is the fabulous Dilliards store. I discovered Dilliards when my husband and I were stationed in Texas- and it's been my favorite department store since then. The range of clothing styles and price points, the clean, well maintained store, and the down to earth, helpful salespeople always keep me coming back- even when it's nearly two hours from northern VA.
Aesthetically, The brick structure and open air walkways of the mall don't invite me to linger: the layout and structure give off a bit of a cold vibe because of all the tall modern brick. If you're looking for a particular shop, it can be a bit confusing because of the angles and layout, but this is definitely not a deal breaker.
What to pay: Like most malls, it depends on which shop you choose and current sales going on. Dilliards and Nordstrom are generally higher in price than Macy's.