The Gallery at Market East

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The Gallery at Market East
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Location 9th & Market Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Opening date 1977[1]
Management Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust
Owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust and Macerich
No. of stores and services 3 (130+ at peak)
No. of anchor tenants 2 (4 at peak)
Total retail floor area 1,080,002 sq ft (100,335.5 m2)[1]
No. of floors 4
Parking 2 parking garages
Public transit access
  Broad Street Line Ridge Spur
: 8th Street
: 8th Street
: 8th Street, 11th Street
SEPTA Regional Rail: Jefferson Station
Bus transport SEPTA bus: 17, 23, 33, 38, 44, 47, 47M, 48, 61, 62, 78
Bus transport New Jersey Transit bus: 400, 401, 402, 404, 406, 408, 409, 410, 412, 414, 417
Website galleryatmarketeast.com
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The Gallery at Market East, or "The Gallery" as it is known to locals, is an urban mall in Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States with over 130 stores and a food court. The mall's anchor stores are Burlington and Century 21. The full name, The Gallery at Market East, is based on the adjacent SEPTA station formerly known as Market East Station (now Jefferson Station). Gallery I and most of Gallery II are now closed as part of a renovation of the mall, which will be renamed Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia.

Layout and history[edit]

The Gallery was opened in 1977 and was later expanded as Galleries I and II in the early 1980s. The Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) acquired Gallery I in April 2003 from The Rouse Company and Gallery II in the third fiscal quarter of 2004 from the state's Public School Employees' Retirement System. The total complex measures approximately 1,100,000 square feet (100,000 m2) of retail space and at its peak had over 130 stores.

All four levels of the mall run parallel to Market Street, with access from the basement level of the now-closed Strawbridge's department store at 8th Street. The main entrance is located at 9th and Market Streets, and there is a concourse for SEPTA's Jefferson Station at 11th and 12th Streets. The mall also provides access to an underground concourse that connects to the Market-Frankford Line at its 8th and 11th street stations. At the west end of the mall, a short concourse with an elevator and a set of escalators connects to the Reading Terminal Market, Hard Rock Cafe restaurant, the head house for the old Reading Terminal (now part of the Pennsylvania Convention Center) and a Marriott hotel, which are all on the periphery. The downtown Philadelphia Greyhound bus terminal is immediately to the north, at 10th and Filbert Streets. The main entrance of the Convention Center is two blocks away on Arch Street, between 11th and 13th.

On the street level, The Gallery takes up the block between Market and Filbert Streets, between 9th and 11th streets. At 10th and Market sits a vacant anchor spot that formerly housed a two-floor Kmart store. At 11th Street, Burlington holds a portion of the mall level and some of the second and third floors; the space was originally built for a JCPenney store.

The Gallery is composed of Gallery I on the east side and Gallery II on the west, although there is no longer any distinction between the two areas. Gallery I extends underground and was formerly anchored by Strawbridge's at 8th Street and Gimbels at 10th Street. The Strawbridge's site, which had 522,000 sq ft (48,500 m2) of floor space, closed in 2006 and has been redeveloped. The building now contains offices from the third floor up and a two-level Century 21 department store on the second floor and part of the street level. The lower level and the remainder of the street level are vacant. In 1983, the concourse was continued to the west, and Gallery II opened to the public. Gallery II, with its first and second levels now the focal point of the entire mall, is anchored between Burlington and a vacant spot that was formerly occupied by Kmart. It has about 50 other tenants, including major retailers Old Navy and Pay/Half.

In September 2008, the developers of Foxwoods Casino Philadelphia changed their proposed casino location to The Gallery at Market East after receiving opposition from residents near the original proposed site in South Philadelphia. The new proposal was endorsed by both Mayor Michael Nutter and Governor Ed Rendell. The original proposal for the Foxwoods Casino at The Gallery at Market East was for a 3,000-slot-machine casino on two floors currently occupied by Burlington Coat Factory, which would force that store to relocate. However, on February 26, 2009, it was announced that the developers of the Foxwoods Casino were looking to locate their new casino on three floors of the former Strawbridge's store.[2]

In January 2014, it was announced that Kmart would be closing its Gallery store in late April.[3] There are plans to turn the former Kmart space into multiple street-facing stores centered on an atrium and to redevelop the mostly vacant top level of the mall.[4] It was announced in April 2014 that Century 21 would open an anchor store at the mall.[5] In July 2014, Macerich acquired a 50% stake in The Gallery at Market East and invested $106.8 million to redevelop the mall in a joint venture with PREIT.[6] As of 2015 many stores in The Gallery, including most restaurant concessions, have closed in preparation for the renovation.[7]

As of June 19, 2015, the $325 million remodeling of "The Gallery" had been officially approved by the city council, and the legislation had been approved by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Demolition started in August 2015, with construction expected to last two years and a grand opening sometime in 2017.[8] According to the website for the Fashions Outlets of Philadelphia, the Burlington and Century 21 anchor stores will remain open during reconstruction.

Anchors[edit]

Former anchors and majors[edit]

  • Kmart - replaced Clover and closed in 2014
  • Strawbridge's - flagship and home office, closed in 2006
  • JCPenney - anchored second phase at 11th & Market, closed in 2002
  • Clover - replaced Stern's and closed in 1996
  • Stern's - replaced Gimbels and closed in 1992
  • Gimbels - a four-level store which occupied 3/4 of the 800 block of Market Street, closed in 1987

Transit connections[edit]

The following rail stations are connected to The Gallery:

Besides the SEPTA rail connections, various SEPTA city bus routes and New Jersey Transit bus routes have stops next to The Gallery. The Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal, Philadelphia's primary inner city bus station, is located immediately to the north of The Gallery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Gallery at Market East Property Overview". PREIT. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  2. ^ Lin, Jennifer (February 26, 2009). "Another casino shift possible in Phila.". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-02-27. [dead link]
  3. ^ Van Allen, Peter (January 23, 2014). "Kmart Closing 2 Philly Stores; 289 Workers Affected". Philadelphia, PA: WCAU-TV. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ Saffron, Inga (May 3, 2014). "Changing Skyline: Bringing more life to the Gallery". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ Hepp, Chris (April 25, 2014). "Discount-apparel retailer Century 21 coming to the Gallery". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ DiStefano, Joseph N. (July 31, 2014). "Mall developer Macerich Co. to invest $106.8M in Gallery revival effort". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ Russ, Valerie (22 January 2015). "Gallery Mall stores close for planned renovations". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Carrion, Angelly (June 19, 2015). "The Gallery Redevelopment Is Officially a Go". Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 39°57′07″N 75°09′24″W / 39.952076°N 75.156612°W / 39.952076; -75.156612