Oxford Valley Mall
Second floor, looking from Macy's
|Developer||The Kravco Co.|
|Management||Simon Property Group|
|Owner||Simon Property Group (65%)|
|No. of stores and services||150+|
|No. of anchor tenants||3 (1 vacant)|
|Total retail floor area||1,332,000 square feet (123,700 m2)|
|No. of floors||2|
|Public transit access||SEPTA bus: 14, 127, 128, 129|
The Oxford Valley Mall is a two-story shopping mall, managed and 65%-owned by the Simon Property Group, that is located next to the popular amusement park Sesame Place near Langhorne in Middletown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Its department stores are Sears, JCPenney, and Macy's as well as H&M as a minor department store. There is a food court on the second floor, which was originally the second floor of a Woolworth store, as well as many retail stores including Spencer's, and a Dell Direct Store kiosk. As the surrounding area continued to grow, the mall added high-end stores such as Coach, The Children's Place and Abercrombie and Fitch. An office building called One Oxford Valley is located next to the mall.
The Oxford Valley Mall was developed by The Kravco Company and opened in 1973. In 1986, the Gimbels store was converted to Stern's after Allied Stores purchased seven Gimbels locations in the Philadelphia area. That same year, Bamberger's became Macy's. In 1989, Sears replaced Stern's after the latter closed several stores in the Philadelphia area. The mall underwent a renovation in 1990. In 1992, a separate, 10 screen movie theater was added behind Sears (4 new auditoriums were added in 2004). In 1995, the mall opened its food court on the second floor, replacing what had been the second floor of a Woolworth store. In addition, the mall replaced the spiral pedestrian ramp and fountain with a glass-enclosed elevator, upgraded the air conditioning system, and extensively renovated the JCPenney and Sears stores. All fountains were eventually removed with only the outdoor one remaining. The same year, Wanamaker's was converted to Hecht's. In 1997, Hecht's became Strawbridge's after its parent company, May Department Stores, acquired the Strawbridge's chain. In 2006, the Strawbridge's store closed as a result of Federated Department Stores acquiring May Department Stores, with Boscov's taking over the former store. The Boscov's store closed in 2008 as part of their restructuring. On black Friday 2013, H&M opened as a minor department store.
- JCPenney - (3 floors) 226,336 sq ft (21,027.3 m2).
- Macy's - (2 floors) 195,407 sq ft (18,153.9 m2).
- Sears - (2 floors) 173,000 sq ft (16,100 m2).
- Vacancy - (2 floors) 165,815 sq ft (15,404.7 m2)
- Boscov's - now vacant
- Strawbridge's - became Boscov's in 2006
- Hecht's - became Strawbridge's in 1997
- Wanamaker's - became Hecht's in 1995
- Stern's - became Sears in 1989
- Bamberger's - became Macy's in 1986
- Gimbels - became Stern's in 1986
- "Oxford Valley Mall Fact Sheet" (PDF). Simon Property Group. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
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- Parmley, Suzette (February 7, 2006). "Boscov's to acquire 10 stores Five will be Strawbridge's, four in the area. The Reading retailer's is the first of the sales of 78 Federated properties.". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "Boscov's closing sales start Saturday.". The Philadelphia Inquirer. August 15, 2008. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
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