- Franklin Mills
infobox shopping mall
shopping_mall_name = Franklin Mills
caption = Entrance to Franklin Mills mall (without the mall's kite logo) as viewed from the parking lot.
coordinates = coord|40.0873|-74.9616|display=inline,title
opening_date = 1989
Simon Property Group
number_of_stores = 200
number_of_anchors = 17
floors = 1
parking = Lighted Lot
Franklin Mills is an enclosed
shopping malllocated in northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, bordering Bensalem in Bucks County and 15 miles outside Center City. [http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=1245 "Simon: Franklin Mills." Accessed July 20, 2007.] ] Named for Benjamin Franklin, the mall houses 200 stores, a movie theatre, two food courts, and seven theme restaurants [http://www.gophila.com/C/Things_to_Do/211/Shopping/244/Popular_Places/409/U/Franklin_Mills_Mall/1169.html "Franklin Mills Mall." Accessed July 20, 2007.] ] and was visited by an estimated 18 million people in 2006 [http://philadelphia.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/stories/2006/08/07/story4.html Van Allen, Peter. "Franklin Mills Mall lines up as major tourist destination." Accessed July 20, 2007.] ] .
Opened in 1989, Franklin Mills was the second built and formerly owned by the
Mills Corporationand is now managed by the Simon Property Group. [http://www.simon.com/findamall/ "Simon: Find a Mall." Accessed July 20, 2007.] ] Along with King of Prussia Mall, Simon has control of Pennsylvania's two largest malls.
The Franklin Mills site was formerly home to Liberty Bell Park, a
race track. [http://www.cinematreasures.org/theater/10254/ "Cinema Treasures: Franklin Mills 14." Accessed July 20, 2007] ] It is located approximately one mile west of Interstate 95, at the intersection of Woodhaven Road(Pennsylvania State Route 63) and Knights Road.
In August 2006, unconfirmed rumors circulated that the mall was being closed and sold for residential redevelopment. [http://www.northeasttimes.com/2006/0720/mall.html Kenny, William. "Is Franklin Mills on the market?"
Northeast TimesAccessed July 20, 2007.] ]
Branding and design
Franklin Mills mall is designed in the shape of a
thunderboltin commemoration of Franklin's kite-and-key experiment. The mall's logo includes a red kite with a lighting bolt on the right side and the string ending on the letter "A" of "FRANKLIN".
The 1.7 million-square-foot mall consists primarily of
factory outletstores. [http://www.gophila.com/C/Things_to_Do/211/Shopping/244/Popular_Places/409/U/Franklin_Mills_Mall/1169.html "Franklin Mills Mall." Accessed July 20, 2007.] ] The mall is separated by its four Neighborhoods: Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green, and has six main entries including its neighborhood color entries, plus Aqua at the Grand Court and the Orange entry in its Green Neighborhood near Steve & Barry's. There are also entries at either side of the AMC 14 theater for moviegoers after mall hours.
The mall is the first Mills mall to have two food courts. "Cafe Court" is at Red Neighborhood 1 and is anchored by GAP. "Cafe Freedom" is a larger food court at Green Neighborhood 4.
Like all Mills Landmarks, the mall has graphics, usually hanging from the ceiling. A sculpture of Benjamin Franklin's Face is located at the Grand Court between Neighborhoods Blue & Yellow. Almost all main mall entries have a graphic at its entry. Throughout the mall, there are several sets of projection TVs hanging from the ceiling known as "Mills TV", showing video loops of music videos and advertisements.
*Yellow-Key with string (a nod to Franklin's lightning experiment)
*Orange-Ink cup for its feather pens
*Green-Bald Eagle (its entry has no kite)
*AMC 14-entries on both sides of the theater, accessible after mall hours.
Stand-alone stores adjacent to the main mall include
Wal-Mart, Super Fresh, Dick's Sporting Goods, and, Raymour & Flaniganin a failed Carrefourbuilding, plus various fast food eateries and restaurants. In addition, there is a neighboring strip mall called "Franklin Marketplace" (former Home & Design Center) which now serves mostly as a campus of the CHI Institute. Also included on site are a Bally Total Fitnessgym, a non-denominational church called Bethel, The Church @ Franklin Mills, a Sam's Club, and a .
anchor stores can be found at Franklin Mills: [http://www.simon.com/mall/directory.aspx?ID=1245 "Franklin Mills: Mall Directory." Accessed July 20, 2007.] ]
*AMC Theatres Franklin Mills 14
Bed Bath & Beyond
Burlington Coat Factory
*Dave & Buster's Grand Sports Café
*JCPenney Outlet Store
*Last Call Neiman Marcus
*Liz Claiborne Outlet
*Modell's Sporting Goods
*Off 5th-Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet
*Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse
*Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store
*Sam Ash Music
*Sears Appliance Outlet
Steve & Barry's
*Woodward Skatepark (formerly
The following stores were formerly anchors at Franklin Mills:Fact|date=July 2007
*Ports/Boscov's Outlet - now Steve & Barry's.
*49th Street Galleria - now Burlington Coat Factory.
Filene's Basement- was in Yellow Neighborhood 3, now Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse.
General Cinema- First located at the northern most end of property when opened in 1989, the original location closed in 1997 and was replaced by a newer, larger location. Became AMC in 2002. The old location became a church in 2004.
*Nordstrom Rack [http://www.northeasttimes.com/2002/1218/nordstrom.html Walker, Julian. "Nordstrom registers ring in an unhappy new year." Accessed July 20, 2007.] ] - Now
Office Max- now SearsAppliance Outlet .
Carrefour- became Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods and Raymour and Flanagan in 1993.
Phar-Mor- now vacant.
Rainforest Cafe- now vacant.
Sears Outlet- closed 1997 and built the General Cinema (later AMC 14 Cinema). Store returned to mall in 2005 as a Sears Appliance Outlet at Yellow Neighborhood 3.
*Spiegel Catalog Outlet - now Dave & Buster's (formerly
*Reading China & Glass - Now subdivided into Marshall's and Sears Appliance Outlet (formerly
SYMS- Now Woodward Skatepark.
Hechingerlumber and home center - now Big Lotsand 2nd Avenue store.
CompUSA- now closed, prt of the space has been subdivided into a gym.
* [http://www.franklinmills.com/ Franklin Mills]
* [http://www.simon.com/ Simon Property Group]
* [http://www.gophila.com/C/Things_to_Do/211/Shopping/244/Popular_Places/409/U/Franklin_Mills_Mall/1169.html GoPhila.com: Franklin Mills Mall]
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