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The Gallery at Market East or "The Gallery" as it's known to locals, is an urban mall in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker, United Statesmarker with over 130 stores and a food court. The mall's major anchor stores are Kmart and Burlington Coat Factory.

Layout & History

The mall was opened in 1977. It later expanded as Gallery I and II in the early 1980s. The Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) acquired the Gallery I in April 2003 from the Rouse Co. They acquired Gallery II in the third fiscal quarter of 2004 from the statemarker's Public School Employees' Retirement System. The total complex measures approximately of retail space.

All four levels of the mall run parallel to the north side of Market Street, with access from the basement level of the now-closed Strawbridge's department store at 8th Street, the main entrance at 9th & Market Streets, to a concourse for SEPTA's Market East Stationmarker at 11th and 12th streets. The mall is also connected to an underground concourse connecting the Market-Frankford Line at its 8th and 11th street stations. At the western end of the mall, a short concourse, and an elevator and escalators, connects the mall with the Reading Terminal Marketmarker, Hard Rock Cafe restaurant, and a Marriott hotel, which are all on the periphery. The downtown Philadelphia Greyhound bus terminal is immediately to the north, at 10th and Filbert Streets. The Pennsylvania Convention Centermarker is two blocks away on Arch Street, between 11th and 13th.

On the street level, The Gallery takes up the block between Market and Filbert Streets, between 9th and 11th streets. At 10th & Market Street sits a two-floor Kmart. At 11th Street, Burlington Coat Factory holds a portion of the mall level, and some of the second and third floors. The space was originally built for a JCPenney's.

The Gallery is composed of Gallery I on its east side and Gallery II on the west, although any distinction between the two areas is no longer of any significance. Gallery I extends underground, and was formerly anchored by Strawbridge's at 8th Street and Gimbel's at 10th Street. The site of the Strawbridge's, which had of floor space, is now vacant after closing in 2006. In 1984, the concourse was continued to the west and Gallery II section opened to the public. The Gallery II is now anchored by Burlington Coat Factory and has 51 tenants including Old Navy, Pay Half, and CVS. Modell's Sporting Goods and fye are among the major tenants of Gallery I. The mall is comprised largely of urban clothing and shoe stores, and is conspicuous for its lack of high-end retailers. About a quarter of the stores on the fourth level of the western end of the mall (Gallery II) are now vacant. The mall is notorious for being a destination for local teenagers, even during school hours, and it has largely garnered a poor reputation from Philadelphia residents..

In September 2008, the developers of Foxwoods Casino Philadelphia changed their proposed casino location to The Gallery at Market East, after enduring 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 currently occupied by Burlington Coat Factory, forcing that store to relocate. However, on February 26, 2009, it was announced that the developers of the Foxwoods Casino were looking into locating their new casino onto three floors of the former Strawbridge's flagship store.

Anchors Stores



Former Anchors & Majors

  • Strawbridge & Clothier Flagship & Home office
  • Gimbel's A four level store; replacing their regional flagship which occupied 3/4 of the block of 800 Market Street
  • JC Penney At 11th & Market, anchored the second phase, opened 1984
  • Sterns Replaced Gimbels until 1990


Rail transit connections

The following rail stations are connected to The Gallery:

In popular culture

The mall is referenced in DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's song "Parents Just Don't Understand"

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