Crown American

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Crown American is a privately held American company that manages and develops commercial real estate. The corporate headquarters is in downtown Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in a building designed by architect Michael Graves.[1]

The company was founded in 1950 as Crown Construction. Frank J. Pasquerilla, who joined less than a year later, became president in 1956 and sole owner in 1961. In 1993, the company split into two entities. The shopping mall portion of the company became a publicly held real estate investment trust, Crown American Realty Trust, and Crown American Hotels controlled the company's hospitality businesses. At its peak, Crown American operated 30 shopping malls, the Hess's department store chain (with 73 locations), and 20 hotels and motels.

In 2003 the shopping mall development and management unit, Crown American Realty Trust, was sold to Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. The hospitality unit, Crown American Hotels, was retained. In 2005 22 of the company's 26 hotels were acquired by W2001 Eastern Hotel Realty, an affiliate of the Archon Group, which assumed responsibility for their management.

Frank Pasquerilla died from a stroke in 1999. His son, Mark E. Pasquerilla, serves as chairman of Crown American Hotels. Mark Pasquerilla joined the company in 1981 and was named president in 1990. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, completed a master of science degree in international relations at the London School of Economics, and studied international affairs at the University of Cologne. Michael Barletta is president and chief executive officer.

List of Former Malls[edit]

At Crown American's peak in 1993, they owned 30 shopping malls. When they merged with PREIT in 2003, they owned 26 malls.

Companies Who Own Crown American Malls Today[edit]

  • PREIT - 17 Malls (Owned 27 Malls at the 2003 Merger)
  • Mason Asset Management - 3 Malls
  • The Lightstone Malls - 2 Malls
  • Empire Reality Investments - 1 Mall
  • M&R Investors - 1 Mall
  • Paramount Developers - 1 Mall
  • Hull Storey Gibson - 1 Mall
  • Harold S. Campbell Foundation - 1 Mall
  • Giant Food Stores - 1 Mall
  • Closed and abandoned - 1 Mall
Mall Number Mall Name Year Opened Year Closed Location Owners
1 Logan Valley Mall November 1965 Altoona, PA Crown American 1965 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
2 North Hanover Mall 1967 Hanover, PA Crown American 1967 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
3 Shenango Valley Mall 1967 Sharon, PA Crown American 1967 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - 2005, The Lightstone Malls 2005 - Present
4 Nittany Mall January 1968 State College, PA Crown American 1968 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - 2014, Mason Asset Management 2014 - Present
5 Viewmont Mall 1968 Scranton, PA Crown American 1968 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
6 Washington Crown Center 1969 Washington, PA Crown American 1969 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
7 The Point at Carlisle Plaza 1969 Carlisle, PA Crown American 1970 - 2002, Carlisle Reality Partners 2002 - 2013, Giant PA 2013 - Present
8 Uniontown Mall 1969 Uniontown, PA Crown American 1969 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
9 Wyoming Valley Mall 1971 Wilkes-Barre, PA Crown American 1971 - 2003 PREIT 2003 - Present
10 Palmer Park Mall 1972 Easton, PA Crown American 1972 - 1989, Crown (50%) / PREIT (50%) 1989 - 1996, PREIT 1996 - Present
11 Westgate Mall 1973 Bethlehem, PA Crown American (25%) / Harold S. Campbell Foundation (75%) 1973 - 1996, Harold S. Campbell Foundation 1996 - Present
12 Capital City Mall 1974 Camp Hill, PA Crown American 1974 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
13 Valley Mall August 1974 Hagerstown, MD Shopco Malls 1974 - 1989, Crown American 1989 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
14 South Mall 1975 Allentown, PA Crown American 1975 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - 2014 Nicholas Park Mall, LLC. 2014 - Present
15 Francis Scott Key Mall 1978 Frederick, MD Crown American 1978 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
16 Lycoming Mall 1978 Pennsdale, PA Crown American 1978 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
17 Valley View Mall 1980 La Crosse, WI Crowm American 1980 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
18 Schuylkill Mall October 1980 Frackville, PA Crown American 1980 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - 2007, Empire Reality Investments 2007 - Present
19 Crossroads Mall 1981 Beckley, VW Crown American 1981 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
20 Jacksonville Mall 1981 Jacksonville, NC Crown American 1981 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
21 West Manchester Mall (Now West Manchester Town Center) 1981 York, PA Crown American 1981 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - 2005, The Lightstone Malls 2005 - 2012, M&R Investors 2012 - Present
22 Chambersburg Mall 1982 Scotland, PA Crown American 1982 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - 2013, Mason Asset Management 2013 - Present
23 Wiregrass Commons Mall August 1986 Dothan, AL Crown American 1986 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
24 Patrick Henry Mall 1987 Newport News, VA Crown American 1987 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
25 New River Valley Mall 1988 Christiansburg, VA Crown American 1988 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - Present
26 Oak Ridge City Center 1988 2008 Oak Ridge, TN Crown American 1988 - 2002, Independent 2002 - 2008
27 Philipsburg Mall 1989 Phillipsburg, NJ Crown American 1989 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - 2013, Mason Asset Management 2013 - Present
28 Martinsburg Mall 1991 Martinsburg, VW Crown American 1991 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - 2005, The Lightstone Malls 2005 - 2013, Paramount Developers 2013 - Present
29 Bradley Square Mall 1991 Cleveland, TN Crown American 1991 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - 2005, The Lightstone Malls 2005 - Present
30 Mount Berry Square 1991 Rome, GA Crown American 1991 - 2003, PREIT 2003 - 2005, Hull Storey Gibson 2005 - Present
31 Middletown Mall 1969 Fairmont, WV Crown American 1969-1997, Middletown Mall Associates 1997 - ??

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