Located in Durham, North Carolina, The Streets at Southpoint is conveniently located at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Fayetteville Road. Opened in 2002, The Streets at Southpoint receives a million visitors a month. The Streets at Southpoint is owned and managed by General Growth Properties and was developed by Urban Retail Properties. The outdoor portion of The Streets at Southpoint features a movie theatre, shrubbery and statues around Southpoint Cinemas. The indoor portion houses several shops, and services.
The Streets at Southpoint took four years of planning and over two years of construction. The mall opened in 2002 with 300,000 visitors per day.
The Streets at Southpoint is home to North Carolina's first Nordstrom and Apple Store. Other stores include: Aveda, bebe, California Pizza Kitchen, Charlotte Russe, Coldwater Creek, Hollister Co., and Pottery Barn Kids.
The Streets at Southpoint was the first mall in the Durham area in nearly three decades.
Other popular shopping centers in the Triangle area include: Crabtree Valley Mall, Cary Towne Center, Triangle Town Center, North Hills, Crossroads Plaza, and Brier Creek Commons.
Designed and developed by Urban Retail Properties as an old-fashioned Main Street concept, The Streets at Southpoint is a "hybrid mall". It combines a traditional enclosed mall with an outdoor pedestrian wing, separated by a seventy-foot glass wall. Southpoint is anchored by: Belk, J.C. Penney, Macy's (formerly Hecht's), Nordstrom and Sears.
The main stretch of the enclosed portion of The Streets at Southpoint was named Southpoint Boulevard. Each of the shops has a signature façade and entryway to create the Main Street feel. Other details adding to the “main street” idea include imitation manhole covers, street lights, and bronze statues of children playing, created especially for the mall by the A.R.T. Design Group of Lancaster, PA.
The Streets at Southpoint's developer, Jim Farrell, wanted to add to the Main Street feel by having children permanently playing throughout the mall. The twenty-three statues throughout the mall took three years to create.
Over two million red bricks were used to line both the exterior and interior of the mall, inspired by downtown Durham and the brick facades of the buildings at UNC and on Franklin Street.
Hand rails include pieces of maps of Durham. The food court, "Fork in the Road", was inspired by old tobacco warehouses.
The statues continue outside and are incorporated into fountains in and outside of the mall. A seventy-foot smokestack in the outdoor part of the mall pays homage to the heritage of downtown Durham. Mature trees and shrubbery make the mall seem to have been there for a long time.
The outdoor Main Street includes larger retailers and stand-alone restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory.
In 2012, Southpoint became more upscale adding: Nordstrom, Sperry Top-Sider, Cole Haan, Crate & Barrel, Michael Kors, Urban Outfitters and Vera Bradley.