Hanes Mall was North Carolina's largest enclosed shopping mall until 2004.
The original mall, the north wing, was opened in 1975 with Belk, J.C. Penney and Sears. In 1990, a new wing was built, expanding the mall southward to include Ivey's (this store was signed as Ivey's but, due to an acquisition by the parent company, opened as Dillard's), Thalhimers (converted to Hecht's in 1992, and to Macy's in 2006) and a new food court.
Because of this design, one must go through J.C. Penney to cross from one wing to the other. In addition, the mall is built into the side of the hill; patrons enter through the first floor on the east side of the mall, but must enter on the second floor on the west side. Hanes Mall is two stories throughout, with the exception of Belk and Macy's, which each have an additional floor.
The road that loops the mall's parking lot is known as Hanes Mall Circle and is the address for many outlying businesses including McDonald's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Golden Corral, Texas Roadhouse, O'Charley's, and Olive Garden. There are five roadway entrances into the mall parking lot, one off of Silas Creek Parkway, two off of Hanes Mall Boulevard, and two off of Stratford Road. Hanes Mall also had a four-screen General Cinema movie theater until October 10, 2000; it stood at the spot that is now home to Golden Corral. The Theater Closed due to the competing Wynnsong 12 operated by Carmike Theaters.
A large, working carousel is located on the lower level. The mall is currently owned and operated by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
Belk - 235,000 square feet (21,800 m2), three levels
Dillard's - 140,000 square feet (13,000 m2), two levels
Macy's (formerly Hecht's) - 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2), three levels
JCPenney - 190,000 square feet (18,000 m2), two levels
Sears - 210,000 square feet (20,000 m2), two levels