Poughkeepsie Galleria

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Poughkeepsie Galleria
The Poughkeepsie Galleria in December 2019.jpg
The Poughkeepsie Galleria in December 2019
LocationPoughkeepsie, New York, United States
Coordinates41°37′34″N 73°55′14″W / 41.626241°N 73.920653°W / 41.626241; -73.920653Coordinates: 41°37′34″N 73°55′14″W / 41.626241°N 73.920653°W / 41.626241; -73.920653
Opening dateAugust 1, 1987
ManagementThe Pyramid Companies
OwnerThe Pyramid Companies
No. of stores and services105
No. of anchor tenants7 (5 open, 2 vacant)
Total retail floor area1,100,000 square feet (100,000 m2)
No. of floors2
Parking2000 spaces
Websitepoughkeepsiegalleriamall.com

The Poughkeepsie Galleria is a shopping center on U.S. 9 in the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York, located just north of Wappingers Falls, and is the largest shopping center in Dutchess County.[1] The Galleria has an area of 1,100,000-square-foot (100,000 m2) with two floors containing 123 shops[2] and restaurants as well as a 16-screen, stadium-seating Regal Cinemas theater.

The Galleria is owned and managed by The Pyramid Companies, a group who also owns and manages regional sister mall the Palisades Center in West Nyack, NY. The Galleria has adopted the Pyramid corporate "MB-18" teenage curfew policy on Friday and Saturday evenings, a policy that began in September 2005. Anchor stores include Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Macy's, and Target.

History[edit]

Expansion & Policies[edit]

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 Mall.

Upon opening, the mall had five anchor stores: G. Fox & Co., Jordan Marsh, Lechmere, Filene's, and JCPenney.[3] Due to underperformance, the Filene's store closed in 1989 and was replaced with Steinbach, which relocated from South Hills Mall next door.[4] Sears also announced plans to relocate from South Hills Plaza at the same time.[5] Steinbach closed in 1995 and became Dick's Sporting Goods and DSW Shoe Warehouse the same year.[6] Filene's returned to the mall in 1993 by taking over the defunct G. Fox chain, while Sears ultimately opened at the mall after Jordan Marsh was vacated.[7] Montgomery Ward also moved into the mall in the early 1990s, becoming the sixth anchor and replacing an existing store in Poughkeepsie.[8]

In 2004, both DSW and Dick's moved to new locations vacated by Montgomery Ward, while the former Filene's and Lechmere building was converted to Best Buy and Target.[9]

During January 2005, the mall announced it would enact and begin enforcing the Pyramid Companies' "MB-18" teenage curfew policy beginning in September 2005, following a large fight involving young teenagers in front of then-Filene's. Due to the size of the incident, local police were called, and several arrests were made. Filene's was converted to Macy's in 2006.

On February 8, 2020, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 39 stores nationwide. The store closed on April 11, 2020.[10]

On June 23, 2020, it was announced that JCPenney would also be closing as part of a plan to close 155 stores nationwide. The store closed on October 18, 2020.[11]

The Justice store closed in August 2020 after parent company Ascena Retail filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[12]

COVID-19 Pandemic[edit]

As a result of an executive order to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Galleria announced they would close the interior portion of the mall[13] effective 8:00pm on March 19, 2020. This effectively shuttered all businesses without an exterior entrance of their own. Some anchors with external entrances such as Target remained operational as they were considered an essential business. On July 10, 2020, the interior portion of the mall reopened with reduced hours as part of Governor Cuomo's Phase 4 economic reopening plan.[14] This was allowed so long as certain conditions were met, such as the presence of enhanced air filtration technologies which could trap virus particles. The mall has continued to operate with reduced hours since reopening. On October 5, 2020, Cineworld announced it would close all Regal, Cineworld, and Picturehouse Cinemas locations in the US, UK, and Ireland indefinitely, beginning October 8. CEO Mooky Greidinger specifically cited that the continued reluctance of New York to allow cinemas to open was the main factor, as well as the lack of tentpole Hollywood films (referring to the delay of No Time to Die from November to April 2021 as being the "last straw") due to the high cost of operating a cinema without new releases. Mooky argued that the studios were holding off on new releases until New York cinemas reopen (accusing Governor Andrew Cuomo of being inflexible, despite having allowed other forms of indoor businesses to resume operations), and that the company only planned to reopen its cinemas once it is confident there is a "clear" and "solid" lineup of new releases.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The High Life". August 4, 2008.
  2. ^ "About – Poughkeepsie Galleria". www.poughkeepsiegalleriamall.com. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  3. ^ Harrington, Gerard (June 2, 1987). "Filene's to be fifth Galleria anchor". Poughkeepsie Journal. p. 9A. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  4. ^ Auster, Harvey (February 2, 1989). "Steinbach looking for bigger space". Poughkeepsie Journal. p. 11A. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  5. ^ Gibbons, Kent (March 4, 1989). "Sears, planning expansion, wooed by 2 malls". Poughkeepsie Journal. p. 9A. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  6. ^ Zetlin, Minda (December 26, 1995). "Discount havens rake in Valley bucks". Poughkeepsie Journal. p. 4A. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Your Sunday letter from the editor". The Poughkeepsie Journal.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-02-12. Retrieved 2018-02-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Karchmer, Jennifer McGraw (February 22, 2003). "Dick's, DSW have new homes". Poughkeepsie Journal. p. 4B. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  10. ^ Cordero, Katelyn. "Sears at the Poughkeepsie Galleria to close". The Poughkeepsie Journal.
  11. ^ Bomey, Nathan. "13 more J.C. Penney store closings revealed: Department store continues bankruptcy store closures". USA TODAY.
  12. ^ Tyko, Heather Clark and Kelly. "Lane Bryant, Justice parent company files for bankruptcy protection; which stores will close". The Journal News. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  13. ^ "A note to our guests about COVID-19". Poughkeepsie Galleria. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  14. ^ "Hudson Valley Malls to Reopen Friday". spectrumlocalnews.com. Retrieved 2020-10-14.

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