Greater Philly mall thread: The good, the bad, and the dead.

Discussion in 'The Suburbs' started by Nytecat, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. Nytecat

    Nytecat Well-Known Member

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    The Auntie Anne's has been gone for at least a few months now. I can't exactly say when they split though. As far as Kay Jewelers goes, I'm surprised but not surprised. We all know about GNC and Bath & Body Works...these are chains that are tend to stick around in even the deadest of malls. Then there's a group of stores that is more hit and miss. Kay Jewelers, Victoria's Secret, and Subway frequently appear in dead malls though they're not as ubiquitous as GNC and B&BW. Chick Fil A is also an enigma. They lingered in Schuylkill Mall until 2010 or so and they stayed at Granite Run until a couple months before its final closure. I was surprised when the Voorhees CFA left earlier this year as the mall wasn't yet that dead.

    Even with today's bloodbath in the retail sector, I'm starting to wonder if the landlord is trying to retain tenants or if they're not renewing leases so they can expedite the building's transition to non retail use.
     
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    I read that article and I don't know why an article was written assuming relation between the two. The two outlet malls are quite far apart at 46 miles, serving different markets.

    It's easy getting typical parking lot parking at Gloucester also and likely it tailors to those in the immediate three county area (Camden, Gloucester and maybe Cumberland), where as the Walk is in Atlantic City over multiple blocks, street or other Atlantic City parking, and not really convenient for Camden and Gloucester County residents. Gloucester Outlets is likely making Voorhees and Moorestown Malls less a draw. Fortunately, Deptford Mall is strong enough to co-exist with Gloucester Outlets.
     
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    Blaming a downturn at The Walk on the Gloucester outlets sounds like a bit of a stretch to me too. Maybe some shoppers from inner South Jersey counties made the drive to get certain deals before Gloucester opened. But after considering time, gas, and tolls (if taking the expressway), was it really a big draw?

    I made my final visits to the JCPs at Willow Grove and Philadelphia Mills over the weekend. It's slim pickings at this point and now it's mostly store fixtures for sale. I guess Simon will try to poach one of the stores off of Street Road to fill their JCP space and PREIT will seek something "experiential" for Willow Grove as that seems to be their approach lately.
     

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