Plymouth Meeting Mall
First floor, looking from Macy's
|Location||Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.|
|Opening date||October 10, 1966|
|Developer||Community Research and Development Corporation|
|Owner||Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust|
|No. of stores and services||100+|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|Total retail floor area||952,200 square feet (88,460 m2)|
|No. of floors||2 (3 in Boscov's and Macy*s)|
|Public transit access||SEPTA bus: 27, 90, 95, 98, 150, L|
The Plymouth Meeting Mall is a 952,200 square feet (88,460 m2) shopping mall located in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of Philadelphia. The mall is located on Germantown Pike near the Mid-County Interchange, where the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) crosses the Northeast Extension/Blue Route (I-476).
Built in 1966, Plymouth Meeting Mall currently comprises more than 100 specialty stores and restaurants, including a central Food Court, and outlying restaurants California Pizza Kitchen, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Redstone American Grill, Benihana, Bertucci's, and King Buffet. Its original anchor stores Strawbridge & Clothier and Lit Brothers are now occupied by Macy's and Boscov's. The Boscov's site was once home to one of the largest branches of Hess's. There is also a 48,000 square feet (4,500 m2) AMC Theatre on the property, featuring 12 screens and stadium seating. The mall is owned and managed by PREIT (the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust).
The mall is recognizable from a considerable distance away due to an adjoining nine-story office tower, One Plymouth Meeting, which was added on an outparcel in 1969. The tower, containing 167,748 square feet (15,584.3 m2) of office space, is managed by Mack-Cali Realty Corporation.
A redevelopent of over $100 million in 2008-2009 has added new restaurants that were successfully introduced in 2008, and a new open-air "Lifestyle" wing featuring LOFT, Coldwater Creek (now closed), Jos. A. Bank, Chico's and Olly Shoes was opened in late 2009 and early 2010. A 65,000 square feet (6,000 m2) Whole Foods upscale grocery market was included in the redevelopment and anchors the "Outdoor Lifestyle Wing" of the property, which now includes an underground parking area.
Previously, this location gained fame in 1985 (while owned by the Rouse Organization) as Swedish furniture company IKEA purchased and renovated an outparcel space for its first U.S. location which drew millions of people to the site. IKEA later moved in the 2000s to its current site at 400 Alan Wood Road, off of the "Blue Route" in nearby Conshohocken; the IKEA building was later demolished to make way for the Outdoor Lifestyle Wing.
The Plymouth Meeting was one of the very first malls in North America which, among its mixture of various stores, offered a church within the mall which exists to this day.
- Boscov's (188,400 sq ft.) (previously Lit Brothers/Hess's)
- Macy's (214,600 sq ft.) (previously Strawbridge & Clothier)
- Whole Foods (65,100 sq ft.)
- "Plymouth Meeting Mall". Mall Hall of Fame. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
- "PREIT Property Overview". PREIT. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
- "One Plymouth Meeting, 502 West Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania". Mack-Cali Realty Corporation. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
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