Ross Park Mall
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The center of the mall
|Location||Ross Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania|
|Opening date||August 1986|
|Developer||Simon Property Group|
|Management||Simon Property Group|
|Owner||Simon Property Group|
|No. of stores and services||160|
|No. of anchor tenants||4|
|Total retail floor area||1,212,000 square feet (112,600 m2)|
|No. of floors||2 (Macy's is 3 levels)|
|Website||Ross Park Mall|
Ross Park Mall is an upscale shopping mall located in Ross Township, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh. The mall houses nearly 160 retailers including anchor stores JCPenney, Macy's, Nordstrom, and Sears. An outdoor lifestyle component complements the enclosed center and features such names as California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Crate & Barrel, and L.L.Bean.
The mall's present anchor tenants include Sears to the north, JCPenney to the east, Macy's to the south, and Nordstrom to the west. Crate & Barrel and L.L.Bean anchor the lifestyle addition on the western part of the mall property.
When the mall was originally built, a Horne's store occupied the present Nordstrom location, and a Kaufmann's was in the present Macy's spot. Horne's was the second largest of Pittsburgh's department store chains, and this store had been the anchor of nearby Northway Mall; the two locations coexisted for about a year after the move. Kaufmann's was the third largest of Pittsburgh's chains, and its store moved in from a standalone location about a mile north on McKnight Road. Today, that location houses Giant Eagle, Dunham's Sports, and Stein Mart.
The Nordstrom location has a complicated history. It was intended to be a Gimbel's but was never occupied because the Gimbel's chain was sold and liquidated around the time the mall opened. The spot was then taken over by Horne's. It operated as Horne's from 1987 to 1994, when Federated Department Stores purchased the Horne's chain and rebranded its stores with its own regional Lazarus name. The store operated as Lazarus until Federated renamed it as Macy's in March 2005. Four months later, Federated purchased the May Department Stores Company, which operated the Kaufmann's anchor store at the south end of the mall. Now Federated owned two anchors in the same mall, operating under different names. In March 2006, Nordstrom announced plans to build a new store on the Gimbel's/Horne's/Lazarus/Macy's site, after tearing down the building and an adjacent two-level parking structure. May quickly closed the Macy's store and began converting the much larger Kaufmann's to a Macy's. In September 2006, the former Kaufmann's became Macy's. Macy's then renovated the entire store with replacement of flooring and lighting, also relocating the furniture department to the original Horne's furniture galley located in the parking lot. After a two-year construction period, the Nordstrom store opened on October 24, 2008.
Renovation and expansion
In 2000, Ross Park underwent $14 million in renovations including the construction of a play area for children and new lighting, ceilings, entranceways and flooring. Additional renovations were done in 2008 with the mall expansion, incorporating a Nordstrom department store. Many luxury stores were also added to the mall such as Tiffany & Co., Lacoste, Burberry, Kate Spade, True Religion, Omega and Louis Vuitton. A 65,000-square-foot (6,000 m2) lifestyle addition completes the 2008 expansion. The fully realized lifestyle expansion will contain about four or five new tenants, including two eateries, and all stores will be accessible from the outside. The lifestyle addition currently houses California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, and L.L.Bean. In November 2010, Crate and Barrel opened a 26,000-square-foot (2,400 m2) store next to L.L.Bean.
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