I tend to go to Cary Towne Center when I need something from a mall and don't have much time to shop, since it's five minutes from my townhouse. However, it's layout is not conducive to causal shopping. It's laid out as two long strips at a 45 degree angle to each other, so there's no possible way to browse the whole mall without backtracking.
That aside, it has all the standards (Belk's, Penney's, Dillard's, Hecht's, GAP, Aeropostle, Victoria's Secret, Body Shop) with some hidden treats, like a branch of LightYears (best jewelry shop ever!) and a sports memorabilia store across from cinnabon that actually sells Carowhina shirts (and other rivalry shirts).