- Pittsburgh Mills
infobox shopping mall
shopping_mall_name =Pittsburgh Mills
caption = Entrance Number 1
location =Tarentum in Frazer Township,
opening_date = 2005
manager= Zamias Services, Inc
owner = Zamias Services, Inc
number_of_stores = 250+
number_of_anchors = 9
floor_area = convert|2100000|sqft|m2|-4
floors = 1 (with racetrack design)
website = http://www.pittsburghmills.com
Pittsburgh Mills, or simply The Mills to locals, was conceived and originally developed by the
Mills Corporation. On December 30, 2006, it was announced that the Mills Corporation sold its stake in Pittsburgh Mills to its partner in the project, Zamias Services Inc. [cite web|url=http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06364/750036-28.stm| title=Pittsburgh Mills developer turns over control to Johnstown's Zamias Services Inc.| publisher= Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] [cite web|url=http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/business/s_486357.html| title=Mills out of Galleria complex| publisher= Pittsburgh Tribune-Review] Because of this, Pittsburgh Mills is currently the only American Mills mall that's neither owned or managed by Simon Property Group. Vaughan Millsnear Toronto is the only other Mills-named mall that is not owned or managed by Simon. Pittsburgh Mills is the largest shopping mallcomplex in Western Pennsylvaniaas well as one of the largest in the state, with approximately 2 million square feet (186,000 m²) of retail space on convert|200|acre|km2|1. The King of Prussia Mall near Philadelphiaremains as the largest mall. Its grand opening, with much fanfare, was on July 14, 2005. It is located in Frazer Township, northeast of Pittsburgh, just off the Pennsylvania Turnpikeon PA Route 28.
It consists of two components. One component is The Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, which is the 1.1 million square foot indoor component of the complex, is divided into five themed "neighborhoods" corresponding to various Pittsburgh landmarks and cultural icons. It features
Dick's Sporting Goods, Borders Books and Music, a Cinemarkmultiplex theater including IMAX, H&M, Linens 'N Things, Macy's, American Eagle Outfitters, JCPenney, and Sears Grand, which is a new superstoreconcept with a full line supermarket, clothing, electronics and automobile departments. It also has nearly 200 shops, attractions and eateries, including a large food court. There are two areas in the center geared towards children—the PBS KIDS Backyard and A Place to Grow, based on the book by Stephanie Bloom. NASCARSpeedpark was planning to open a convert|40477|sqft|m2|0|abbr=on. indoor park, but its parent company decided to change their plans by focusing on developing the NASCAR Speedpark brand in high traffic tourist areas. Lucky Strike Lanesclosed its convert|25162|sqft|m2|0|abbr=on. alley in 2006. The space occupied by the former Lucky Strikes was quickly replaced by 2 restaurants (Dingbats, Abate Seafood) and a banquet hall (Royal Gatherings) that are owned by the Trinity Select Group. Also, a new anchor, rumored to be either Boscov's or Kohl's, may finally be signed to replace the space that was originally reserved for the NASCAR Speedpark.
The second component is an adjacent shopping center being developed by Zamias Services Inc called the Village at Pittsburgh Mills. It includes several big-box stores such as a Wal-Mart Supercenter,
Sam's Club, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, Best Buy, and PetSmart, as well as many popular restaurants, and a Springhill Suites by Marriott hotel. Another strip area in this complex includes Ross Dress For Less, Michaels Arts and Crafts, Office Max, Catherine's Plus Sizes, Famous Footwear, and the very first Sonic Drive-Inin Western Pennsylvania. The Village contains a total of convert|925000|sqft|m2|-2 of store space.
It is the first Landmark Mills property to feature two full-price
department stores— JCPenneyand Kaufmann's(now Macy's). [cite web|url=http://pittsburgh.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/stories/2004/07/19/daily37.html| title=Kaufmann's, JCPenney will anchor Pittsburgh Mills| publisher= Pittsburgh Business Times]
Although the typical Landmark Mills mall is synonymous with outlet shopping, Pittsburgh Mills is the only center to offer an entire lineup of full-price retailers that otherwise could be found in a traditional enclosed mall. The reason for this goes back to 1981, when developer Zamias Services, Inc. of
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, planned to develop a regional mall on the Frazer Township site. Legal setbacks and financial difficulties had postponed the project for many years, until the Mills Corporation announced in 2002 that they would partner in conjunction with Zamias to build a retail and entertainment complex on the site. [cite web|url=http://www.post-gazette.com/neigh_north/20020717nfrazer0717p8.asp| title=Off again, on again Frazer mall plan still faces hurdle|publisher= Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Dick's Sporting Goods(convert|50843|sqft|m2|0|abbr=on)
Linens 'N Things(convert|28132|sqft|m2|0|abbr=on)
*Sears Grand (convert|165796|sqft|m2|0|abbr=on)
* [http://www.pittsburghmills.com Pittsburgh Mills]
* [http://www.pittsburghmills.com/stellent01/groups/public/documents/common/032185.pdf Mall Directory (PDF)]
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