A project to physically join the PLAZA and COURT malls got underway in January 2013. A 140,000 square foot connecting structure (in dark gray) would house inline stores and include a third mall food court. The project was completed in August 2016. The adjusted GLA of the merged malls now stood at 2,651,600 square feet, with the retail roster now listing nearly 400 stores and services.
KING OF PRUSSIA
West Delkalb Pike / US 202 and Goddard (Mall) Boulevard
Montgomery County (Town of Upper Merion), Pennsylvania
Indianapolis' Simon Property Group established an eighty percent share in Kravco Investments in November 2003, with the name of the entity being changed to Kravco Simon Investments. This company owned the PLAZA and COURT malls.
Remodeling projects at the PLAZA property involved a renovation of The Garden Food Court (carried out between January and June of 2011) and an interior face lift of J.C. Penney. In September 2006, the octagonal anchor store in the PLAZA was rebranded as a second Macy's location, known as Macy's Plaza.
This store was shuttered in July 2007. It was demolished in July 2011, with a 2-level (100,000 square foot) section of stores being built in the space. The ten-tenant addition featured a remodeled mall entrance, expanded parking garage and new locations for Forever 21 and H & M.
In August 2011, the Simon Property Group established a 96 percent ownership share in the two KING OF PRUSSIA MALLS...removing most involvement of the Kravco entity. In November, they announced an expansion of the malls which got underway in January 2013. The two retail hubs were physically connected via a forty-eight-store structure. This encompassed 140,000 leasable square feet and include the upscale Savor Food Court.
The merged mall was officially dedicated on August 18, 2016. It now encompassed approximately 2,651,600 leasable square feet, with a retail roster of over four hundred stores and services. A new name had been also been bequeathed; KING OF PRUSSIA.
Another anchor alteration played out in 2017. Plano, Texas' J.C. Penney chain announced the closing of 120 mall-based stores in March. The KING OF PRUSSIA MALL store, a tenant since August 1963, was among these. A liquidation sale commenced April 17, with the store going dark in June.
"Paradox Unbound, My Pilgrimage To King Of Prussia Plaza" / Mitch Glaser http://www.mitchglaser.com
Malls Of America Blogspot / Keith Milford webmaster / "King Of Prussia Plaza" postings
www.bizjournals.com / Peter Van Allen
"Court At King of Prussia" article on Wikipedia
http://www.scribd.com (Suburban Philadelphia Movie Theaters and Drive-ins / Mike Rivest)
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"King Of Prussia Plaza" and "Court At King Of Prussia" articles on Wikipedia