This D.C. neighborhood used to be synonymous with high-end shopping. Now it’s mostly abandoned.

Friendship Heights was once known for luxury retail in the Washington, D.C. area, but retail options have dwindled.
Mall interior entrance of a gated, empty and dark Neiman Marcus store.
The former interior mall entrance of Neiman Marcus. Source: Kaarin Vembar/Retail Dive

Retail has collapsed in Friendship Heights. The neighborhood, which sits on the Washington, D.C., and Maryland border, was once known as a high-end shopping destination. The commercial district is made up of several distinct groupings of businesses including Mazza Gallerie, which was once anchored by Neiman Marcus, the Chevy Chase Pavilion, which held a number of specialty retailers including H&M and Old Navy, The Shops at Wisconsin Place, which once held MAC and Anthropologie, a stand-alone Lord & Taylor and a row of luxury retailers. And, with an average household income reportedly between $170,000 and $200,000, residents were once primed to spend money at those stores.

But those stores are gone now, along with most of the retailers, even as plans for revitalization have emerged. Here’s a look at the current state of the once bustling center.

The boarded up Lord & Taylor store exterior with the Lord & Taylor logo.
The former entrance of a now closed Lord & Taylor.
Former Lord & Taylor store entrance with panels of plywood covering the exterior windows.
Mall interior of empty escalators going to different floors.
The escalators in Chevy Chase Pavillion are still functional to serve two remaining retailers - CVS and J. Crew.
Photo from the top floor of a mall peering down to a now abandoned Starbucks. 
Mall interior with an empty Starbucks.
Central space of a mall that depicts empty floors and the tip of an American flag hanging from the ceiling.
The quiet mall interior of Chevy Chase Pavillion.
A gated, dark store entrance to a former H&M store.
The gated entrance of a former H&M.
The closed exterior of the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s store. Saks relocated to another location a few blocks away.
Exterior of a former Neiman Marcus store with a bank ad hanging inside the store’s large windows.
The now empty storefront of a former Neiman Marcus location.
Mall interior of two non-functioning escalators blocked by velvet rope.
The escalators at Mazza Gallerie are roped off.
Empty storefronts with “retail space available” signs in the widows.
The exterior of The Shops at Wisconsin Place which advertises that retail space is available to rent.