The land that the Lyon Village Shopping Center sits on was originally part of the overall Lyon Village development that was built at the beginning of the 20th century.  This leftover piece of land was the last one to be developed, as it had a ravine running through it and was difficult to build on. There were various businesses on the property at different points in time, including Bernie’s Pony Ring.  However, in 1960, the property owner decided that the site would make a good location for a modern strip mall.  The owners filled up the ravine and shored up the land to make it more stable.


They then endeavored to build a modern shopping center to be able to service the needs of the surrounding neighborhood, including the residents of Lyon Village.  The property owner was able to attract one of the first Giant Food locations to the site, and the grocery store was supplemented by a drug store, a High’s Dairy Store, a Chinese restaurant, a bank, a dry cleaners and a barbershop.


The shopping center has been renovated three times – in the 1970’s, in the mid-1980’s and most recently, in 2010. The Lyon Village Shopping Center has always strived to have a mix of chain stores and local businesses.  Therefore, while there is a Starbucks on the site, there is also the original location of The Italian Store, a legacy business. Today, this neighborhood shopping center not only serves local residents, but residents of Washington, D.C., who frequent the center because of its easy parking!

3004 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

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    Lyon Village Shopping Center, Google Maps
Photo credits: (left to right)

1) Building location aerial view, from Google Maps; 2) Giant Food Store entrance, by Yelp user 'William S.'; 3) The Italian Store entrance, by Yelp user 'Azucena H.'; 4) Starbucks beverage and entrance, by Yelp user 'Ann P.'; 5) Big Wheel Bikes entrance, posted to Yelp by the business owner; 6) Lyon Village shopping center, from Google Maps street view

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