Coventry Mall

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Coventry Mall
Location North Coventry Township, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°14′08″N 75°39′44″W / 40.2356°N 75.6621°W / 40.2356; -75.6621Coordinates: 40°14′08″N 75°39′44″W / 40.2356°N 75.6621°W / 40.2356; -75.6621
Opening date 1967
Management Pennmark Management Co.
Owner Pennmark Management Co.
No. of stores and services 102
No. of anchor tenants 4[1]
Total retail floor area 802,275 sq ft (74,534 m2)[2]
No. of floors 1 (2 in Boscov's)
Parking Parking lot
Public transit access Bus transport Pottstown Area Rapid Transit
Website Coventry Mall

Coventry Mall is a shopping mall in North Coventry Township, Pennsylvania (although its mailing address is Pottstown, PA). It is located at the interchange of Route 100 and Route 724.

History[edit]

Opened as The Norco Mall in October, 1967, it featured Sears, Britt's Department Store (later Hess's[3]), and Thrift Drug as anchors as well as thirteen smaller retail stores.[4] In 1974 the original open-air plan was enclosed and expanded to include a new anchor store, J.M. Fields, a two-plex movie theater operated by the Fox Theatres chain, and more than a dozen new retail spaces.[5] In 1982 the mall underwent further expansion and a name change to The Coventry Mall. J. M. Fields was later a Jefferson Ward and then a Bradlees. After it closed, it was subdivided between Ross Dress for Less and Dick's Sporting Goods, the former of which closed in 2014.

Pomeroy's department store was added in 1985.[6] This store is now Boscov's; it has 2 floors plus rooftop parking.

Hess's sold most of its stores to The Bon-Ton in 1994, but was unable to complete a deal with Bon-Ton on this store.[7] It instead became J.C. Penney for a short time,[8] then The Bon-Ton before finally becoming Kohl's. In 2004, Stoltz Real Estate Partners acquired the mall from The Goodman Co..[9]

Sears closed in April 2012.[10] Mall owner Coventry Retail LP failed to make payments for the property and Jones Lang LaSalle became the receiver of the mall in March 2013. On September 19, 2013, the mall was sold at auction to U.S. Bank National Association for $49.5 million. Jones Lang LaSalle continued as the receiver and manager of the mall.[11] In December 2014, Limerick Furniture opened in the former Sears location.[12] On April 8, 2016, the Coventry Mall was sold to Pennmark Management Co., who plans on improving the mall by filling vacancies with new stores and restaurants.[13] Gabe's, an off-priced retail store, opened on March 18, 2017 in a 45,000-square foot spot previously occupied by Sears, joining anchors Boscov's, Dick's Sporting Good's and Kohl's.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rovins, Donna (March 16, 2017). "New anchor store - Gabe's - opening Saturday at Coventry Mall". The Mercury. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Coventry Mall Leasing Brochure" (PDF). Stoltz Management Corporation. Retrieved August 3, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Stroudsburg, despite a Hess's mall, has hope". The Mercury. Pottstown, PA. October 26, 1977. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ Pottstown Mercury, September 14, 1967[full citation needed]
  5. ^ Pottstown Mercury February 21, 1973
  6. ^ "Pomeroy's to open in Coventry Mall". Reading Eagle. June 16, 1983. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ Salerno, Allison (September 23, 1994). "Hess's Sale Might Speed Up". The Morning Call. Allentown, PA. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ Blakinger, Mary (October 8, 1995). "Coventry Mall Seeks A New Anchor In Penneys Merchants Said The Retailer Would Help Draw Shoppers. It Would Fill The Spot Left By Hess's". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
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  10. ^ Metz, Gretchen (December 29, 2011). "Two Sears in region on closing list". Daily Local News. Archived from the original on May 3, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  11. ^ Rovins, Donna (September 19, 2013). "Coventry Mall sold at auction for $49.5M, will remain open". The Mercury. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Limerick Furniture to occupy struggling malls' empty spaces". WFMZ-TV. October 28, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  13. ^ Rovins, Donna (April 8, 2016). "Coventry Mall sale completed; new owner plans upgrades". The Mercury. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 

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