Washington Mall

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This article is about a shopping center in Pennsylvania. For the national park in Washington, DC, see National Mall.

Washington Mall is a mostly defunct enclosed shopping mall located in South Strabane Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania, just outside the city of Washington, formerly managed by J J Gumberg Co. and now by Oxford Development Company. It is owned by Falconi, a local developer which also owns a number of properties throughout Washington County. Its anchor, JCPenney, closed in February 2007[1] and relocated to the defunct Foundry shopping center less than a mile away in March 2007; however, due to ground settling problems at the aforementioned retail complex and financial difficulties with the property owner, JCPenney moved back to the Washington Mall in mid-September 2008.[2][3] As of January 15, 2014, it was announced that the JCPenney location at the mall will be closing in May along with 32 other Penney stores that are considered underperforming.[4]

As of October 2008, the remaining tenants include Staples, Toys R Us, JoAnn Fabrics, and The Home Depot. Only JoAnn Fabrics have an entrance from inside the mall. Pavlov's Place, a boarding and training facility for dogs, opened in 2006.[5]

The mall was at one time the preeminent place for shopping in Washington. Up until the 1990s, it was indeed faring its own. However, as the crosstown rival Franklin Mall (now Washington Crown Center) was expanded and completely remodeled, Washington Mall was severely affected by this. There have been plans to demolish and rebuild the mall as a strip shopping center, although nothing has materialized.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Lynda Guydon (January 14, 2007). "J.C. Penney exit makes others at mall nervous. With Washington Mall anchor gone, new managers mum on their plans". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  2. ^ "J.C. Penney to reopen Washington mall site". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. July 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Penney's reopening at Washington Mall". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. September 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Here's A List Of The J.C. Penney Stores That Are Closing". The Huffington Post. January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ Taylor, Lynda Guydon (August 6, 2006). "Couple open a place to leave the dog for a while". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  6. ^ Fitzpatrick, Dan (June 20, 1997). "Crown American, Gumberg weigh mall, power center. South Strabane's Route 19 stretch is a retail speculator's hotspot". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  7. ^ "Washington Mall; Washington, Pennsylvania". Labelscar. July 13, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 

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Coordinates: 40°11′06″N 80°14′06″W / 40.185°N 80.235°W / 40.185; -80.235