By kkeps @ 2010-10-12 18:35:03
Riverchase Galleria, locally known as The Galleria, is a large super–regional shopping mall in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, Alabama. It is the 24th largest shopping mall in the United States. It is managed and partially owned by General Growth Properties and is Alabama's and the Southeast's largest enclosed shopping center with 1.9 million square feet (222,967 m²) of total retail floor area. The Riverchase Galleria is one of the state's most popular tourist destinations attracting customers from the neighboring states of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Located at the intersection of US 31 (Montgomery Highway) and Interstate 459, the Riverchase Galleria complex includes the two-level Galleria Mall, the 15-story, 330-room Wynfrey Hotel, and the 17-story, 285,000 square foot (26,000 m²) Galleria Tower office building located in the mall's Center Court; it is also the headquarters for Surgical Care Affiliates and Walter Energy, Inc. The style of the Riverchase Galleria is modeled after the Houston Galleria.
The Galleria is part of the Riverchase planned development, including a residential community and a business community located in the southern part of the city of Hoover. Riverchase was annexed in September 1980 into Hoover, which has since more than quadrupled in population and has become the second largest city in the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area.