Montgomery Mall (Pennsylvania)

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Montgomery Mall
Montgomery Mall Pennsylvania first floor entrance near Sears.jpg
First floor entrance near former Sears
LocationMontgomery Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Coordinates40°14′06″N 75°14′41″W / 40.2351°N 75.2448°W / 40.2351; -75.2448Coordinates: 40°14′06″N 75°14′41″W / 40.2351°N 75.2448°W / 40.2351; -75.2448
Address230 Montgomery Mall North Wales, PA 19454
Opening date1977 (1977)[1]
DeveloperThe Kravco Company[2]
ManagementSimon Property Group
OwnerSimon Property Group (79.4%)[citation needed]
No. of stores and services105[1]
No. of anchor tenants5 (4 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area1,102,755 square feet (102,449.3 m2)[3]
No. of floors2 (1 in Dick's Sporting Goods and Wegmans)
ParkingParking lot
Public transit accessBus transport SEPTA.svg SEPTA bus: 94, 96, 132
Websitewww.simon.com/mall/montgomery-mall

Montgomery Mall is a two-story shopping mall located in the community of Montgomeryville in Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania near the borough of North Wales. The mall, owned 79.4% by Simon Property Group, is located along Pennsylvania Route 309 (Bethlehem Pike) at the intersection with U.S. Route 202 Business (Dekalb Pike), amidst other commercial development. It contains 105 stores and eateries.[1]

History[edit]

First floor, looking near former Sears

The Montgomery Mall was built in 1977 by The Kravco Company.[2][4] In 1986, Bamberger's became Macy's.[5] In 1995, the Wanamaker's store became Hecht's. Hecht's became Strawbridge's in 1997 after its parent company, May Department Stores, acquired the Strawbridge's chain.[6] Simon acquired the Montgomery Mall in 2003.[4]

Strawbridge's closed in 2006 as a result of Federated Department Stores acquiring May Department Stores, with Boscov's taking over the former store in 2007. The Boscov's store closed in October 2008 as part of their restructuring.[6] Dick's Sporting Goods was also added in 2008.[7] In November 2011, it was announced that a 126,000 sq ft (11,700 m2) Wegmans would replace the vacant Boscov's.[8][9] This store was planned to be the first Wegmans located in a shopping mall.[9] The former Boscov's store was demolished in the process of constructing the new Wegmans.[4] The Wegmans store opened on November 3, 2013.[10]

The Montgomery Mall has recently gone under reconstruction. This renovation had a cost of $8 million and the main purpose was to redesign exterior and entrance, restrooms and upgrade lighting.[11]

On November 7, 2019, it was announced that the Sears store at Montgomery Mall would close as part of a plan to close 96 stores nationwide. Liquidation sales began on December 2, 2019.[12] The store closed in February 2020.

Anchors[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

  • Boscov's - opened in 2007, closed in 2008 and later demolished and replaced with Wegmans in 2013
  • Strawbridge's - Opened in 1997, closed in 2006, converted to Boscov's in 2007
  • Hecht's - Opened in 1995 and converted to Strawbridge's in 1997
  • Bamberger's - Opened in 1977 and converted to Macy's in 1986
  • Wanamaker's - Opened in 1977 and converted to Hecht's in 1995
  • Tweeter - Junior anchor, closed in 2008
  • Sears - Opened in 1977, closed in 2020

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Montgomery Mall". Simon Property Group. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  2. ^ a b Demick, Barbara (May 18, 1989). "Kravco And 6 Of Its Malls Sold To A Canadian Developer". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "Montgomery Mall Fact Sheet" (PDF). Simon Property Group. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Panaritis, Maria (November 17, 2011). "Wegmans signs lease at Montgomery Mall". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  5. ^ "COMPANY NEWS; Bamberger's Shift". The New York Times. September 4, 1986. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Di Domizio, Tony (November 30, 2008). "Where have all the eagles gone?". The Reporter. Journal Register Company. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  7. ^ "Eatery, store win approval". PhillyBurbs.com. February 13, 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  8. ^ a b Van Allen, Peter (November 16, 2011). "Simon Property to welcome Wegmans at Phila.-area mall". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  9. ^ a b DeBree, Crissa Shoemaker (November 17, 2011). "Wegmans' Montgomeryville store the chain's first at a mall". The Intelligencer. Archived from the original on November 19, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  10. ^ a b Connor, Jennifer (November 3, 2013). "Montgomery Mall's Wegmans store opens big". The Reporter. Journal Register Company. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  11. ^ Montgomery Mall North Wales, Pennsylvania, Outlet Stores Malls. Retrieved: 1 March 2015
  12. ^ Ciment, Shoshy (November 7, 2019). "Sears is closing 96 more stores, leaving only 182 stores left in the US. Here's the full list of the ones closing". Business Insider. Retrieved November 7, 2019.

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