Washington Crown Center

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Washington Crown Center
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LocationWashington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Coordinates40°9′35.7″N 80°16′33.9″W / 40.159917°N 80.276083°W / 40.159917; -80.276083
Address1500 West Chestnut Street
Opening date1969[1]
DeveloperCrown American
OwnerKohan Retail Investment Group
No. of stores and services54+ [2]
No. of anchor tenants5 (2 vacant)
Total retail floor area676,136 square feet (63,000 m2)[1]
No. of floors1
Public transit accessBus transport Freedom Transit bus: Local B, Local Saturday

Washington Crown Center (formerly Franklin Mall) is a 676,000 square-foot regional enclosed shopping mall in North Franklin Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania, just outside the city of Washington and south of Pittsburgh. The mall is anchored by Sears, Rural King and Regal Cinemas with junior anchors Marshalls, Ross Dress for Less, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts and ULTA Beauty.


The mall opened in 1969 as Franklin Mall, with Troutman's, Sears and Grant City (which became Hills in 1976) as its anchors.[3] An Acme supermarket was also located in the mall parking lot just past Grant's/Hills. It closed in 1977. Troutman's closed in 1984 and was sold to Pomeroy's,[4] which in turn converted to The Bon-Ton in 1987. A 1985 expansion to the mall added Hess's and a new Hills, while converting the original Hills location to a food court and additional retail space.[5]

In 1999, the mall was renamed Washington Crown Center and underwent a renovation.[6] Among the changes were the addition of a movie theater on the site of the former Hess's, which closed four years prior;[7] the conversion of Hills to Ames,[8] and the addition of Kaufmann's as a fourth anchor.[9] The Ames store closed in 2002 and became Gander Mountain in 2003,[10] while Kaufmann's was converted to Macy's in 2006. In 2013, Marshalls replaced Old Navy. In 2014, Ross Dress for Less took 25,000 square feet of former specialty retail shop space. The trend of replacing small shops with big box stores continued through 2014 with the addition of Jo-Ann Fabrics, Ulta and Books-a-Million. In January 2015, PREIT announced that it was planning on selling Washington Crown Center along with four other malls.[11]

In August 2016, PREIT sold the Mall for $20 million. It was reported that the occupancy had dropped to 87.4% before the sale and had represented a drop in performance.<ref>Gough, Paul J. (August 16, 2016). "Washington Crown Center mall sold for $20M". American City Business Journals.</ref

Macy’s and Gander Mountain closed in 2017. Gander Mountain would be replaced by Rural King in May 2018. The Bon-Ton closed all locations by August 2018.

The current anchors are Sears, Rural King, and Hollywood Theaters


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Coordinates: 40°09′35″N 80°16′34″W / 40.1596°N 80.2762°W / 40.1596; -80.2762