Beaver Valley Mall

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Beaver Valley Mall
Location Brodhead Rd. (PA 18)
Center Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Opening date 1970[1]
Developer Cafaro Company[2]
Owner Namdar Realty Group[3]
No. of stores and services 60+
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 1,153,000 square feet (107,000 m2)[1]
No. of floors 1 (2 in Boscov's and JCPenney)
Parking 4,391 spaces
Website ShopBeaverValley.com

Beaver Valley Mall opened in 1970 as a regional shopping mall, located in Center Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Its anchors are Boscov's, Dick's Sporting Goods, and JCPenney. It offers more than 60 stores and services.

History[edit]

In 1970, the Beaver Valley Mall opened with The Joseph Horne Company, Gimbels, and Sears as the original anchors. That same year, the entire Gimbels chain was purchased by the tobacco conglomerate BATUS. In 1986, after years of declining sales, BATUS announced that Gimbels was on the block. Unable to find a buyer for the entire chain, BATUS closed down the entire Gimbels Pittsburgh division, selling or closing all locations. Some of the more attractive mall locations, such as Beaver Valley Mall, were taken over by the St. Louis based May Department Stores Company for its Pittsburgh-based Kaufmann's division. This effectively caused the shuttering of the entire Gimbels Pittsburgh division. The Beaver Valley location was closed and completely renovated before reopening as Kaufmann's. After the move to the mall, the original Kaufmann's location in nearby Rochester was subdivided into a Giant Eagle and a Kmart. In 2006, when The May Department Stores Company was purchased by Cincinnati based Federated Department Stores, this location was renamed Macy's.

The Joseph Horne Company (owned by the New York City based Associated Dry Goods Corporation) operated in the Beaver Valley Mall until 1995. In October 1986, The May Department Stores Company merged with Associated Dry Goods Corporation. May promptly sold The Joseph Horne Company to a group of local investors. In 1995, Federated Department Stores acquired Horne's and renamed all former locations under its own Lazarus regional nameplate. In 1998, after operating a few years as Lazarus, Federated closed several locations including the Beaver Valley Mall store. This location was then acquired by and reopened as Boscov's.

JCPenney became the fourth anchor in 1998, with the new location being built right in front of the food court. JCPenney had moved out there from the Northern Lights Shopping Center in nearby Economy due to Beaver County being depressed, and frequent flooding that would not be addressed by the property owner. Dick's Sporting Goods became the fifth anchor in 2007. The store was built in between JCPenney and Boscov's. Unlike Kaufmann's and JCPenney, Dick's opened a brand new location at the mall as opposed to moving to an existing location.

In June 2016, the Sears store at Beaver Valley Mall closed. Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust sold the mall to Namdar Realty Group in January 2017.[3] Macy's closed March 26, 2017.

Chi-Chi's hepatitis A outbreak[edit]

Beaver Valley Mall was the scene of the largest hepatitis A outbreak in U.S. history, when 660 people contracted the virus and 4 people died after eating at the defunct Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant during the months of October and November in 2003. After a long investigation, it was discovered that Green onions imported from Mexico were the cause of the outbreak.[4] The outbreak did not affect restaurants that were outparcels on the mall property, but did affect the food court tenants for a period of time.

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Coordinates: 40°40′29″N 80°18′50″W / 40.6747°N 80.3140°W / 40.6747; -80.3140