The Shoppes at Northway

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The Shoppes at Northway
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Location Ross Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania,  USA
Opening date 1953 (strip mall)
August 1, 1962 (enclosed mall)
Developer The Rouse Company
Management Zamias Services, Inc.
No. of stores and services 10+
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 385,000 sq ft (35,800 m2).
No. of floors 2
Website Official website

The Shoppes at Northway, formerly Northway Mall, is an ailing enclosed shopping mall located in Ross Township, north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The mall began as a strip mall called Northway Shopping Center in 1953; it was re-opened on August 1, 1962, as Northway Mall, the first indoor mall in the state of Pennsylvania.[1] Currently, the mall features approximately 14 shops, with Marshalls and PetSmart as its anchor stores.[2]

History[edit]

Northway Shopping Center began as a strip mall constructed in 1953. In 1962, an enclosed portion was added above the existing strip, thus creating the mall. The original mall also included an aviary on the upper floor atrium, which was removed in 1994.[1]

Original anchor stores included Joseph Horne Company, Woolworth, G.C. Murphy, and A&P. Other businesses included Isaly's, a diner and fountain, a flooring and wall decorations shop selling paints, wallpapers and other home decoration materials, a full-service hardware store, local bank branches, independent and chain shoe stores, Heintzelmann's, a specialty and imported foods shop unusual for its time, the Tiffin Lounge and Restaurant, Wlodek's, a specialty butcher, chain bookstores, a Spencer Gifts shop, a National Record Mart store on the upper mall, a men's clothing store and doctors' and dentists' offices on the Mezzanine floor, reached from the front stairwell of the mall. The enclosed lower mall featured large glass windows facing McKnight Road and floors of waxed and polished concrete.

The mall continued to thrive until 1986, when Ross Park Mall opened nearby, causing many businesses to relocate there. Horne's and G.C. Murphy both closed in 1988 (the former being replaced with Erie, Pennsylvania Dahlkemper's Catalog Showroom, which closed in the 1990s) on the top level and Value City on the bottom level. A&P also closed in the 1980s and was replaced with Herman's World of Sporting Goods.

G.C. Murphy was replaced with a discount movie theater, which was later purchased by National Amusements and converted to a first-run theater. A food court was added in 1990, featuring Rax Restaurants among its tenants. Woolworth closed in 1991, with Marshalls opening in its former space in 1995. Herman's World of Sporting Goods closed in 1993, and was replaced with Borders. Dick's Sporting Goods opened in the former Dahlkemper's space in 1994. Old Navy was also added in 1995.

In 1995, the mall was renovated by McNeil Real Estate of Dallas, Texas, which owned the center at the time. It was then sold to the Archon Group (also of Dallas), who put the mall up for sale again in 2000. At the time, the mall was at 94% occupancy.[3] Since then, occupancy has declined once more, and plans were announced to convert the mall's enclosed upper level to a strip center. Under this plan, the mall would be renamed The Shops at Northway, and the movie theater would close. This construction eliminated the movie theater since a whole wall was knocked down.[4] In 2007, new tenants were announced for the planned Shops at Northway, including a shoe store and a family play center.[5] Value City and Old Navy closed in 2008, while the family play center (the Kid Company, which replaced the food court) existed only briefly. As of 2011, much of the upper level is empty, consisting only of Marshall's, Mamma Lucia's, Dick's, a shop specializing in Oriental decorations, and the Shoe Carnival.

The lower level is in a slightly less depressed state, with PetSmart, Northway Dollar, Northway Shoe and Repair, and a hair salon still intact. However, a number of spaces (such as the recently departed Party City, Ritz Camera and Csonka Optical) remain vacant. In the early 1990s, the movie "The Jacksons: An American Dream" was filmed right in front of Mama Lucia's current day location.

Borders closed its store at Northway in 2011 in response to the company's liquidation.

Dick's Sporting Goods closed its Shoppes at Northway location on April 8, 2014 as a result of the store's relocation to McCandless Crossing.[6]

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Coordinates: 40°33′05″N 80°01′17″W / 40.5513°N 80.0213°W / 40.5513; -80.0213