Nittany Mall

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Nittany Mall
Location State College, PA United States
Coordinates 40.832353, -77.799851
Address 2901 East College Avenue,
State College, PA 16801
Opening date January 1968
Developer Crown American
Management Namdar Realty Group
Owner Namdar Realty Group
No. of stores and services 75+
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 532,160 square feet (49,439 m2)[1]
No. of floors 1
Parking Lighted lot
Public transit access Bus transport CATA bus: M, XB, XG
Website ShopNittanyMall.com

Nittany Mall is an enclosed regional shopping mall in State College, Pennsylvania. It is located at the intersections of Route 150 and Route 26, one mile off the I-99 corridor. It is uniquely situated within four miles of the Pennsylvania State University, allowing the mall to attract both the area resident as well as young, affluent college students.

History[edit]

The Nittany Mall was developed by Crown American and officially opened in January 1968. The mall originally had just two anchors, Grants and Penn Traffic, and approximately 30 smaller stores.

Its first expansion in the early 1970s included the addition of a Sears store, which was relocated from downtown State College, and over a dozen other smaller stores.[2] The new Sears occupied over 70,000 square feet and included 45 merchandise departments and a 10-bay automotive center. The store, which was expanded and relocated to a new east section of the mall in 1990, remains one of the anchors today.

After the closing of the Grants chain in 1976, Gee Bee took over the space. In 1992, it was converted to Value City after that company acquired the Gee Bee stores. Value City operated until 1997 when it was closed and razed to make room for a new Kaufmann's department store. The May Department Stores Company, which owned Kaufmann's, was sold to Federated Department Stores in 2005. Federated proceeded to convert various May properties to Macy's, including the Nittany Mall store, in 2006. Macy's is the largest store at the mall.

Penn Traffic, one of the mall's original anchors, was sold to developer and Hess's department store chain owner Crown American in 1982 who rebranded the stores as Hess's. Hess's continued to operate at the mall until 1994 when the chain was sold to Bon-Ton Stores. The Bon-Ton is currently one of the mall's anchor stores.

The expansion and renovation of the Nittany Mall in 1989-1990 included the addition of a fourth anchor, JCPenney. The 63,000 sq. ft. store remained at the mall until 2015 when JCPenney announced plans to close 39 of its stores in the United States that year.[3] The JCPenney store was replaced by a Dunham's Sports, one of the nation's largest sporting goods chains, in 2016.

Today, the mall has over 532,000 square feet of retail space with more than 75 stores and services including four anchors. Despite various proposals over the years for other enclosed shopping malls to be built in the area, the Nittany Mall remains the only one in the region. It is currently owned and managed by Mason Asset Management which acquired the mall from Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust in 2014.

Anchors[edit]

The mall's four current anchor stores account for nearly 60% of the total retail space.

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

  • JCPenney (1990-2015) - replaced by Dunham's Sports
  • Kaufmann's (1999-2006) - replaced by Macy's
  • Value City (1992-1997) - razed to make room for the new Kaufmann's
  • Hess's (1982-1994) - replaced by The Bon-Ton
  • Gee Bee (1976-1992) - replaced by Value City
  • Penn Traffic (1968-1982) - replaced by Hess's
  • Grants (1968-1976) - replaced by Gee Bee

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nittany Mall Fact Sheet" (PDF). PREIT. Retrieved May 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ Crown Construction Firm Continues Growth in 1969
  3. ^ "J.C. Penney in Nittany Mall closing". Centre Daily Times. The McClatchy Company. January 8, 2015. 

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