Roosevelt Mall

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Roosevelt Mall
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Roosevelt Mall in 2006, looking towards Strawbridge's (now Macy's)
Location Northeast Philadelphia
Coordinates 40°02′48″N 75°03′24″W / 40.04667°N 75.05667°W / 40.04667; -75.05667Coordinates: 40°02′48″N 75°03′24″W / 40.04667°N 75.05667°W / 40.04667; -75.05667
Opening date 1964
No. of stores and services 55
No. of anchor tenants 1
Total retail floor area 562,269 square feet (52,236.5 m2)
No. of floors 1 (3 in Macy's)
Parking Parking lot
Public transit access Bus transport SEPTA bus: 1, 14, 20, 50, 58, 70, 77

Roosevelt Mall is a medium-sized outdoor shopping mall, located along Pennsylvania Route 73 (Cottman Avenue) between Bustleton Avenue west end and Roosevelt Boulevard in the east end, or Rhawnhurst neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The mall has 55 stores and services. It is anchored by a large, three-level department store on its east end that currently houses Macy's, which was formerly Strawbridge's.[1]

Located directly across from Roosevelt Mall is Great Northeast Plaza, which is formerly anchored by Sears. This store was formerly a branch of Gimbel's.[2]

Sinc 2015,[3] the mall has featured a flea market on Saturdays during he summer.


Since opening in 1961,[4] Roosevelt Mall anchors have included S. Klein, Wanamaker's, Hecht's, Strawbridge's, and Macy's. When the mall anchor was Strawbridge's, it had a bargain basement in which all furniture and goods were marked down by 80%.

The anchor store is, as of 2018, a branch of Macy's. This store was a branch of John Wanamaker's, opening in 1976.[2][5] This location was a change of focus for Wanamaker's, being in a largely working-class area, where customers were price-sensitive, as opposed to its previous high-end focus.[5] Wanamaker's tailored the store for this market.[5] Before it was a Wanamaker's, this store was a branch of S. Klein, which closed in 1975, because of the financial problems of its owner, McCrory Stores.[5] The mall was originally enclosed.[4] It was redeveloped as an open-air mall in 1999 by Dewberry Capital Corp.[4]

The mall is also home to a franchise of one of Philadelphia's oldest and most notable cheesesteak restaurants, Jim's Steaks, which was founded in West Philadelphia in 1939 and also operates on South Street in Philadelphia.[6]

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  2. ^ a b Latarola,, Louis M.; Latarola,, Lynn-Carmela T. (2005). Lower Northeast Philadelphia. Arcadia Publishing. p. 115. ISBN 0738537489. 
  3. ^ Pulsifer, Kevin. "Worth the Trip: Roosevelt Mall Flea Market Returns After 20+ Year Absence". Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c Mathis, Karen Brune (January 5, 2018). "Belk store coming down at Roosevelt". Jax Daily Record. Retrieved 16 April 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c d Lisicky, Michael J. (2010). Wanamaker's: Meet Me at the Eagle. Arcadia Publishing,. ISBN 9781596290082. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "Jim's Steaks". Retrieved December 9, 2011.