Inside by elevator in 2013
|Location||Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.|
|Opening date||August 1, 1987|
|Management||The Pyramid Companies|
|Owner||The Pyramid Companies|
|No. of stores and services||250|
|No. of anchor tenants||10|
|Total retail floor area||1,100,000 square feet (100,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||2|
The Poughkeepsie Galleria is a shopping mall on U.S. 9 in the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York, not far from Wappingers Falls, and is the biggest mall in New York's Hudson Valley region. The mall, which opened in 1987 after much controversy regarding its construction, has an area of 1,100,000-square-foot (100,000 m2) with two floors and 250 shops and restaurants as well as an 16-screen stadium seating Regal Cinema theater. Adjacent to the mall was the South Hills Mall, previously the dominant retail center of Dutchess County. The steady decline of patronage to the South Hills Mall came mostly as a result of the Galleria's Construction.
The mall is owned and managed by The Pyramid Companies, a group who also owns and manages regional sisters Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown, Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston, and the Palisades Center in West Nyack. It has adopted the Pyramid corporate "MB-18" teenage curfew policy on weekend evenings, a policy that began in September 2005.
In the early 1980s, a proposal for a two story indoor mall in Poughkeepsie, New York was submitted. Despite much conflict and many protests, the proposal was submitted and the mall opened on August 1, 1987 as the Poughkeepsie Galleria.
The mall first opened with anchor stores like G. Fox and Co., Jordan Marsh, Lechmere, Steinbach and J.C. Penney. The mall also included dozens of smaller retailers, restaurants, a movie theater and a food court. One end of the food court was covered entirely in windows, looking out onto the parking lot with an escalator entrance. The mall was very family oriented, and had a red color scheme along with big, colorful origami-like objects in center court by the stairs.
In 1991, the mall began construction on a two story addition adjacent to the food court. The space would ultimately cover up the windows in the food court, despite receiving some criticism from many of the food retailers. The space would be taken by Montgomery Ward. Jordan Marsh would also go out of business, and its space would be taken over by Sears in 1992.
In 1994, G. Fox was taken over by Filene's. Steinbach also went out of business, and its space would be taken by Dick's Sporting Goods in October 1995. Lechmere would also leave the mall, and the space was divided into three separate stores, later becoming Best Buy, Old Navy and H&M.
In the early 2000s, the mall's red paint scheme would be painted a bright green, and the large origami-like sculptures in center court would be removed. Montgomery Ward would also go out of business, and Dick's Sporting Goods would move into its space up in the food court while Target moved into the Dick's former location.
In January 2005, the mall announced it would begin the MB-18 teenage curfew policy beginning in September 2005 after a large teenage brawl by Filene's when police had to be called and arrests were made.
On February 15, 2007, a 30-foot (9.1 m) by 50-foot (15 m) section of the top level of the parking garage in front of tenants Ruby Tuesday and Best Buy collapsed. The town and the mall blamed the snow and the snow removal company, saying that the snow was improperly concentrated in a small area causing the failure under heavy loads. The snow removal company claims their snow clearing practices have remained unchanged for years, and that the collapse was due to poor structural design. The New Hamburg Fire District responded and were the command authority at the scene. They were assisted by the Town of Poughkeepsie Police, Dutchess County Sheriff's Office, and Search and Rescue K-9's from the New York State Police.
Sections of the parking deck were reopened on May 17, 2007, however public mistrust still plagues the structure. The 21-year-old parking garage has been visibly sagging under its own weight for years and was until the collapse known as a "fun ride" for local drivers with its "hills".
In August 2007, the Poughkeepsie Galleria pleaded guilty for violating 302.3 of the New York State Maintenance Code, and was fined $1,000. An earlier civil complaint required the mall to pay $20,000 to the town to cover cleanup and response fees.
Current Anchor Stores:
- J. C. Penney
- Best Buy
- Dick's Sporting Goods
- DSW Shoe Warehouse
- Finish Line
- Forever 21
- K1 Speed
- Old Navy
- Regal Entertainment Group
Former Anchor Stores:
- G. Fox (original anchor, replaced by Filene's in 1994.)
- Filene's (original store opened about 1993, closed about 2006 after chain was sold to Macy's Department Stores.)
- Jordan Marsh (original anchor near the north end of the mall, space taken over in 1991 by Sears.)
- Steinbach (left mid-1990s; space is currently occupied by Target.)
- Lechmere (original anchor on upper level above Steinbach, closed 1997; space today is occupied by Old Navy, H&M, and Best Buy)
- Montgomery Ward (two-story location adjacent to food court and cinemas opened 1991, closed 2001; non-abandoned space today is occupied Dick's and formerly Krazy City (1st Fl.) which closed
- Krazy City (Indoor theme park)
- Best Buy (50,870 ft²)
- Dick's Sporting Goods (55,000 ft²)
- J.C. Penney (179,953 ft²)
- Macy's (165,000 ft²)
- Sears (145,000 ft²)
- Target (126,000 ft²)
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- John Doherty. "Town blames plow company for Galleria parking garage collapse". recordonline.com. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
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