The Block Northway

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The Block Northway
The Block Northway logo.png
Location Ross Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania,  USA
Coordinates 40°33′05″N 80°01′17″W / 40.5513°N 80.0213°W / 40.5513; -80.0213Coordinates: 40°33′05″N 80°01′17″W / 40.5513°N 80.0213°W / 40.5513; -80.0213
Opening date 1953 (strip mall)
August 1, 1962 (enclosed mall)
Developer Pinpoint Retail
Management LRC Realty
Owner LRC Realty
No. of stores and services TBD
No. of anchor tenants 6 (planned)
Total retail floor area 467,848 sq ft (43,464.5 m2)
No. of floors 2
Parking 1,884 spaces (planned)
Website Official website

The Block Northway is a shopping mall currently operating and under further development located in Ross Township, north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Formerly The Shoppes at Northway and Northway Mall, it is currently undergoing redevelopment, with much of the mall being demolished and rebuilt to meet current retail trends. The mall began as a strip mall called Northway Shopping Center in 1953; it was re-opened on August 1, 1962, as Northway Mall, the first indoor mall in the state of Pennsylvania.[1] A major redevelopment plan for the mall was announced in October 2014.[2] The mall's proposed anchor stores include The Container Store, DSW, and Saks Off 5th, in addition to Marshalls, PetSmart, and Nordstrom Rack, all of which currently operate at the mall.[3][4]

History[edit]

Northway Mall[edit]

Northway Shopping Center began as a strip mall constructed in 1953. In 1962, an enclosed portion was added above the existing strip, thus creating the renamed Northway Mall. The original mall also included an aviary on the upper floor atrium, which was removed in 1994.[1]

Shoppes at Northway[edit]

In 1995, the mall was renovated by McNeil Real Estate of Dallas, Texas, which owned the center at the time. It was then sold to the Archon Group (also of Dallas), who put the mall up for sale again in 2000. At the time, the mall was at 94% occupancy.[5] Since then, occupancy has declined once more, and plans were announced to convert the mall's enclosed upper level to a strip center. Under this plan, the mall would be renamed The Shoppes at Northway, and the movie theater would close. This construction eliminated the movie theater since a whole wall was knocked down.[6] In 2007, new tenants were announced for the planned Shoppes at Northway, including a shoe store and a family play center.[7] Value City and Old Navy closed in 2008, while the family play center (the Kid Company, which replaced the food court) existed only briefly.

Borders closed its store at Northway in 2011 in response to the company's liquidation. Dick's Sporting Goods closed its Shoppes at Northway location on April 8, 2014 as a result of the store's relocation to McCandless Crossing.[8]

As of October 2014, much of the upper level was empty, consisting only of Marshall's, and Shoe Carnival. The lower level was in a similarly depressed state, with PetSmart, Northway Shoe and Repair, a music performance instruction school, and a hair salon still intact. A number of spaces, such as the former Party City, Ritz Camera and Csonka Optical storefronts, remained vacant.

Mama Lucia's, an Italian restaurant located in the mall since 1974, announced their intentions to close effective December 31, 2014. Repurposed, a second-hand merchandise store, also announced their intention not to renew their lease, which expired in late 2014.[9]

The Block Northway[edit]

LRC Realty, the owner of The Shoppes at Northway since December 2012, announced their intention to renovate and redevelop the mall. The mall will stay open during construction, which is expected to last until mid-2016. Under the redevelopment, the mall was to be renamed Northway Collection,[2] before becoming The Block Northway. A complete list of new tenants has not been announced as of October 2014, but will include a PetSmart location, along with new retail storefronts and restaurants. The renovation plan will also include a new addition adjacent to the current Marshalls location to accommodate the new PetSmart storefront.[10]

Work on the newly announced PetSmart location started in late 2014 next to the existing Marshall's location.[2] As of August 2016, the Marshalls, Ulta Beauty, PetSmart and Nordstrom Rack locations are open.[11][4] Construction has begun on other anchor stores and the enclosed parking garage.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b State's first enclosed mall -- Northway -- celebrates 40 years
  2. ^ a b c Shumway, John (15 October 2014). "Northway Mall To Undergo Major Renovation". CBS Pittsburgh. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  3. ^ McKinney Properties - Commercial
  4. ^ a b "Nordstrom Rack opens at The Block Northway". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  5. ^ Northway Mall owner put site on block again
  6. ^ Northway Mall plans announced | YourNorthHills.com
  7. ^ Northway Mall announces new tenants Pittsburgh Business Times
  8. ^ "DICK'S Sporting Goods Announces Grand Opening of Relocated Store at McCandless Crossing in Pittsburgh, PA". MarketWatch by The Wall Street Journal. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Trozzo, Sandy (16 October 2014). "Pizza shop pulls out of Northway in Ross". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Parrish, Tory (15 October 2014). "Declining Shoppes at Northway hopeful of rebirth". TribLIVE. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Bauknecht, Sara (2016-05-15). "Stylebook: New shopping options in bloom across Pittsburgh". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  12. ^ "The Block Northway". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 

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