Fashion District Philadelphia
Fashion District Philadelphia is a shopping mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, located in Center City along Market Street. It opened in 2019 on the site of a previous mall known as the Gallery at Market East. The area was originally planned to be an outlet mall to be called "Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia", but the plans were later changed to be a new "retail district" consisting of clothing stores and a movie theater. The new mall opened on September 19, 2019. Planners envisioned that Philadelphia, as the sixth largest city, did not have a major retail center when even compared with Kansas City, the 37th largest city. The mall was envisioned to fill that "void" that even smaller cities have, to sell items to the Center City market that had previously only been available elsewhere. Many of the new retailers planning to open have never had a presence in Center City before. The Fashion District Philadelphia currently has Burlington, AMC Theatres, and Round One Entertainment as anchors.
|Location||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Address||9th & Market streets|
|Opening date||September 19, 2019|
|Owner||Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust and Macerich|
|No. of stores and services||55 (130+ at peak)|
|No. of anchor tenants||3|
|Total retail floor area||1,080,002 sq ft (100,335.5 m2)|
|No. of floors||4, including basement level|
|Parking||2 parking garages|
|Public transit access|| 8th Street: |
Broad Street Line Ridge Spur11th Street: Jefferson Station: SEPTA Regional Rail
SEPTA bus: 17, 23, 33, 38, 44, 45, 47, 47M, 48, 61, 62, 78
NJ Transit bus: 400, 401, 402, 404, 406, 408, 409, 410, 412, 414, 417
galleryatmarketeast.com (2014 archive)
Prior to the Fashion District Philadelphia, the space was called The Gallery at Market East and was opened in 1977. It was later expanded as Galleries I and II in the early 1980s. The Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) acquired Gallery I in April 2003 from The Rouse Company and Gallery II in the third fiscal quarter of 2004 from the state's Public School Employees' Retirement System. The total complex measures approximately 1,100,000 square feet (100,000 m2) of retail space and at its peak had over 130 stores.
Formerly, the space was anchored by Strawbridge's department store at 8th Street. It is also the main entrance for SEPTA's Jefferson Station at 11th and 12th Streets. The mall also provides access to an underground concourse that connects to the Market-Frankford Line at its 8th and 11th street stations.
In September 2008, the developers of Foxwoods Casino Philadelphia changed their proposed casino location to The Gallery at Market East after receiving opposition from residents near the original proposed site in South Philadelphia. The new proposal was endorsed by both Mayor Michael Nutter and Governor Ed Rendell. The original proposal for the Foxwoods Casino at The Gallery at Market East was for a 3,000-slot-machine casino on two floors that were occupied by Burlington, which would have forced that store to relocate. However, on February 26, 2009, it was announced that the developers of the Foxwoods Casino were looking to locate their new casino on three floors of the former Strawbridge's.
In January 2014, it was announced that Kmart would be closing its Gallery store in late April. There are plans to turn the former Kmart space into multiple street-facing stores centered on an atrium and to redevelop the mostly-vacant top level of the mall. It was announced in April 2014 that Century 21 would open an anchor store at the mall. In July 2014, Macerich acquired a 50% stake in The Gallery at Market East and invested $106.8 million to redevelop the mall in a joint venture with PREIT. As of 2015[update] many stores in The Gallery, including most restaurant concessions, have closed in preparation for the renovation.
As of June 19, 2015, the $325 million remodeling of "The Gallery" had been officially approved by the city council, and the legislation had been approved by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Demolition started in August 2015, with construction expected to last two years and a grand opening sometime in 2017. According to the website for the Fashions Outlets of Philadelphia, the Burlington and Century 21 anchor stores will remain open during reconstruction.
In August 2017, the developers announced that outlets plan has been abandoned and the mall will instead feature a mix of retail, entertainment, and dining venues, much to that of a traditional shopping mall. The mall will effectively be renamed Fashion District Philadelphia. It was initially slated to reopen in the spring of 2018. However, the decision to move Burlington and add an AMC Theatres multiplex led PREIT to delay opening most of the revamped complex until 2019.
The grand opening for Fashion District Philadelphia took place on September 19, 2019, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held. The AMC Dine-In Fashion District 8 dine-in movie theater opened on November 4, 2019. The opening of this movie theater marked the first time since 2002 that Center City Philadelphia had a multi-screen movie theater; Philadelphia had previously been the only major city in the United States without a multi-screen movie theater in the downtown area. On December 21, 2019, a Round One Entertainment bowling and entertainment center opened at Fashion District Philadelphia.
In October 2019, it was announced that Primark will open a 34,200-square-foot (3,180 m2) store at Fashion District Philadelphia at the corner of 11th and Market streets. The store is expected to open by 2021. Century 21 closed in 2020 as a result of the chain filing for bankruptcy and closing all stores.
After PREIT filed for bankruptcy in 2020, PREIT relinquished its primary control of Fashion District Philadelphia on January 1, 2021, with Macerich controlling operations and making decisions concerning the mall. Macerich made a $100 million payment on a $301 million loan backed by Fashion District Philadelphia.
The following rail stations are connected to Fashion District Philadelphia
- 8th St Station — SEPTA Market–Frankford Line, SEPTA Broad–Ridge Spur, PATCO Speedline
- 11th St Station — SEPTA Market–Frankford Line
- Jefferson Station — SEPTA Regional Rail
Besides the SEPTA rail connections, various SEPTA city bus routes and NJ Transit bus routes have stops next to Fashion District Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal, Philadelphia's primary intercity bus station, is located immediately to the north of Fashion District Philadelphia.
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