Fairlane Village Mall

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Fairlane Village Mall
Location Norwegian Township, Pennsylvania, USA[1]
Address 7211 Fairlane Village Mall Pottsville, PA 17901
Opening date 1974[2][3]
Management Levin Management Corporation[1]
Owner Pottsville Commons LLC
Pottsville Mall LLC[4]
No. of stores and services 20+[5]
No. of anchor tenants 3[6]
Total retail floor area 405,000 sq. ft.[7][8]
Website Fairlane Village Mall

Fairlane Village Mall is a shopping mall located just outside of Pottsville, Pennsylvania off Route 61.[6] It is anchored by Boscov's, Kohl's, and Michaels.

History[edit]

Development of the mall was delayed by earth moving operations and the discovery of coal.[9] Fairlane Village was built on property owned by the Seitzinger Brothers, with its name coming from the Ford Fairlane car. The first announced anchors for the mall were Boscov's, Woolco, and McCrory Stores.[10] Woolco later became Gee Bee,[11] which was bought out by Value City in 1992.

Boscov's outside tent collapsed due to inclement weather in July 1986, with only light injuries occurring.[12] In 1995, the Boscov's store was heavily reconstructed.[13] ERE Yarmouth Retail began running the mall in 1998.[14][15] The Claverton Corp. sold the mall to Equity Investment Group in 2000.[16] EigFairlane Village Mall LLC sold Fairlane Village Mall to A.M. Fairlane Village LLC in 2004.[4] Levin Management took over running of the mall in 2006.[7] Waldenbooks announced in late 2009 its store would be closing when it ran out of items, which it did in January 2010.[17][18] The malls theater (2 screens), after a series of owners including Carmike Cinemas, has been empty since 2010.[19][20]

Dragon Chasers Emporium, a shop in the mall, was raided by police and searched for illegal drugs and associated items in February 2012.[21][22][23] Kohl's replaced the former Value City in March 2012 after a massive renovation, but did not occupy all of its space or have a mall entrance.[24] Michaels opened in August 2012 next to Kohl's.[25][26] Fashion Bug closed in 2012, along with the rest of the chain.[2] Village Pretzel closed in December 2012 due to the owner's retirement and poor sales.[27]

Fairlane Village LLC settled a multi-year tax valuation dispute with local townships in 2013.[28][29] Roman Delight restaurant closed nine months before its lease expired due to economic reasons in 2014.[30][31] Puppy Luv moved from the mall in late 2015 to Pottsville, and changed its name to Fish and Beyond Pet Center.[32] CVS moved from the mall in April 2016 to a new location in Pottsville.[33] The Hallmark Heritage Shop began its closing sale in May 2016.[34]

Fairlane Village Mall was sold in September/October 2016 for $12,875,000 to Pottsville Commons LLC and Pottsville Mall LLC.[4] Wells Fargo closed in April 2017, merged with another closing branch, and opened a new location at the Pottsville Park Plaza.[35] rue21 also closed at the mall in 2017.[36][37] Benigna’s Creek Wine Shoppe and Gertrude Hawk Chocolates opened in 2017, after previously being located at the former Schuylkill Mall.[38][39][40]

Anchors[edit]

  • Boscov's (1974-) (204,178 sq ft.)[3][8]
  • Kohl's (2012-) (57,819 sq ft.)[1][8]
  • Michaels (2012-) (22,200 sq ft.)[8][26]

Former Anchors[edit]

  • Value City (80,000 sq ft.)[7][41]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Marchiano, Amy (March 8, 2012). "Officials greet Kohl's with ribbon-cutting ceremony". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Pytak, Stephen J. (June 16, 2012). "Fashion Bug stores slated to close". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Ward, Leo; Major, Mark (2003). Pottsville in the Twentieth Century. Arcadia Publishing. p. 56. ISBN 978-0738512372. 
  4. ^ a b c Bortner, Peter E. (October 26, 2016). "2 companies buy Fairlane Village for $12.875 million". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Shop Fairlane Village Mall - Store Directory". Fairlane Village Mall. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Fairlane Village Mall". Levin Management. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c "Fairlane Village Mall, Pottsville, Pa". Chain Store Age. March 22, 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Fairlane Village Mall Leasing Plan" (PDF). Levin Management. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "Al Boscov". Schuylkill County Historical Society. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  10. ^ "Pennsylvania". Chain Store Age. 1974. 
  11. ^ Directory of Shopping Centers in the United States. pp. 5–375. 
  12. ^ "Some goods salvaged from fallen store tent". Reading Eagle. July 27, 1986. p. A14. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  13. ^ Lockwood, Jim (February 12, 2017). "Customers, employees reflect on Al Boscov". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Fairlane Village". Reading Eagle. January 30, 1998. p. B6. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "Management Contracts". NREI Online. April 1, 1998. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "Sales & Acquisitions". NREI Online. September 1, 2000. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  17. ^ Richardson, Leslie (November 7, 2009). "Waldenbooks in Fairlane Village mall will shut down". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  18. ^ Pytak, Stephen J. (February 16, 2010). "Malls fill storefronts with nontraditional tenants". The Standard Speaker. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  19. ^ Brozana, Amanda Leigh (March 2, 2011). "Malls work to recruit tenants as economy trudges forward". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  20. ^ Pytak, Stephen J. (June 19, 2012). "Cinema sign at Fairlane Village replaced". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  21. ^ Andruscavage, Frank; Marchiano, Amy (February 23, 2012). "State police search for bath salts, synthetic pot at stores in area malls". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  22. ^ Jordan, Tracy (February 23, 2012). "'Head shops' raided for bath salts in Schuylkill County". The Morning Call. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  23. ^ Usalis, John E. (February 24, 2012). "Schuylkill police raid stores selling bath salts". The Standard Speaker. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  24. ^ Leskin, Thomas (March 5, 2012). "Kohl's at Fairlane Village has a 'soft opening'". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  25. ^ Marchiano, Amy (February 16, 2012). "Fairlane Village confirms Michaels craft store coming to mall". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  26. ^ a b Marchiano, Amy (August 20, 2012). "Michaels opens doors at Fairlane Village Mall". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  27. ^ Leskin, Thomas (February 16, 2013). "Pretzel stands disappearing in local malls". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  28. ^ Bortner, Peter E. (April 19, 2013). "Fairlane Village tax dispute settled". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  29. ^ Dietz, Al (April 18, 2013). "Settlement reached on tax assessment for two malls". Times News. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  30. ^ Marchiano, Amy (February 6, 2014). "Roman Delight closes in Fairlane Village mall". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  31. ^ Marchiano, Amy (February 7, 2014). "Economy cited as reason for Roman Delight closure". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  32. ^ Marchiano, Amy (January 3, 2016). "Puppy Luv gets new home, name". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  33. ^ Pytak, Stephen J. (March 31, 2016). "CVS to open new Pottsville location in late April". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  34. ^ Marchiano, Amy (May 25, 2016). "Hallmark to close at Fairlane Village mall; Liquidation sale starts Thursday". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  35. ^ Pytak, Stephen J. (March 23, 2017). "Wells Fargo prepares to open new Pottsville branch". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  36. ^ "rue21 in Berks spared as retailer closes hundreds of stores". 69 News & Associated Press. Associated Press. April 17, 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  37. ^ Buynovsky, Sarah (April 25, 2017). "Nowhere to Shop in Schuylkill County?". WNEP. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  38. ^ Marchiano, Amy (June 27, 2017). "Benigna's Creek makes home at Fairlane Village". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  39. ^ Usalis, John (October 31, 2017). "Gertrude Hawk store reopens at Fairlane Village mall". Republican & Herald. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  40. ^ Albert, Jessica (October 31, 2017). "Schuylkill County Gertrude Hawk Location Reopens". WNEP. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  41. ^ Kraat, Betsy (February 15, 2012). "Michaels Stores Leases at Fairlane Village Mall". NREI Online. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 

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Coordinates: 40°42′20″N 76°11′23″W / 40.70553°N 76.18982°W / 40.70553; -76.18982