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IKEA Mega Store
IKEA.. the swedish furniture retailer has been in the Philadephia area for many years. The original store was one of the first in the U.S. Well, this year IKEA closed its original store and built a mega store in Conshohocken PA, located outside Philadelphia. And, it is in negotiations with the city of Philadephia to build an IKEA in south Philly.
From its inception in 1943, IKEA has grown from a one-man show to the Swedish Valhalla of consumerism. With over 10,000 reasonably priced home furnishings and accessories displayed in each store, it's certain that you'll leave with more than you came to buy. And that's what IKEA is betting on. The Conshohocken location is one of the chain's largest, with 325,000 square feet, 46 room displays and a 300+ seating dining room.
What to buy: IKEA has a golden rule: sell goods for just a bit more money than the cost of manufacturing, and sell a ton of them. The assemble-it-yourself furniture has been highly acclaimed by dorm residents and homeowners alike, thanks to quality craftsmanship and a low price tag. Renowned for those little items that make a house a home, IKEA also offers candles, picture frames, rugs, place mats and everything in between with the same concern for affordable quality.
Address: 400 Alan Wood Road,Conshohocken, PA 19428
Directions: Directions from: Pennyslvania Turnpike
Exit 25 to 476 South, exit 18, right on Ridge Pike,follow signs for Alan Wood Road.
IKEA even has a underground parking area, very nice on those rainy days!!
This mall is not your normal city mall. Franklin Mills is made up of mostly outlet stores. There are similar malls like this throughout the U.S. i.e. Potomac Mills, Arizona Mills, St Louis Mills, etc.
If you are driving, park in the center parking lots of the mall for easy access. This is because the mall is one story and long with one corridor. So, you can see all the stores on both sides of the mall as you are walking. I made the mistake on my first visit of parking on one end of the mall......and then having to walk all the way back to the other end to get back to my car. :) So.. pack your walking shoes haha.
Here is a list of some of the stores in the Mall
Bed Bath & Beyond, Boscov's, Burlington Coat Factory, ESPN X Games Skatepark, Group USA, JC Penney Outlet Store, Jillian's, Last Call! Neiman Marcus, Marshalls Megastore, Modell's Sporting Goods, OFF 5TH Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Off Broadway, and Sam Ash Music
BCBG, Casual Corner Annex, Gap Outlet, Kenneth Cole - New York, 9 West Outlet, Old Navy Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Polo Jeans Company Store, Reebok/Rockport/Greg Norman, Tommy Hilfiger
Check out my travelogue for pics of the Mall :)
Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
MEMORIAL DAY HOURS 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
What to buy: Some of the major stores use these malls to get rid of overstocked items.. discontinued items.. out of season and so on. You can find some good deals. However, you need to realize that not all the prices are that great. Some prices can be just as expensive as any regular mall or store. But, if you are an informed consumer, you can definitely find some good deals here.
Address: 1455 Franklin Mills Circle
Directions: I-95 and Woodhaven Road 15 minutes north of center city Philadelphia
Phone: Tel (215) 632-1500
King of Prussia Mall
Ok.. I have been to many malls including the Mall of America, which is the largest in the U.S. But, right here in Philadelphia, we have what has been rated as the second largest mall in America and by far Philly's most popular. No.. it does not have an indoor amusement park..and no rollercoaster rides etc.. but, it does have enough stores to satisfy even the most passionate of shoppers.
There are 8 anchors and include Bloomingdale's, J.C.Penney, Macy's, Sears, Strawbridges, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Lord and Taylor.
365 specialty stores. 35 restaurants and eateries. Almost 3 million square feet of prime retail space.
The mall was established in 1959 but by 1967, King of Prussia Plaza included both open and enclosed mall areas, 1.3 million square feet of leasable space and some 140 stores offering a full range of retail merchandise and services. A true regional shopping center. In the late 1970's, plans were developed for an adjacent mall, the King of Prussia Plaza had always been directed toward a broad audience, The Court was to appeal to the more affluent, fashion-minded shopper.
Opening in 1981, The Court at King of Prussia was an architectural delight. Fanning out around the new Bloomingdale's, the two-level structure made maximum use of natural light through continuous clear-story skylights. Fountain courts graced the entrances of each department store. And full-size trees and plants created an inviting, natural feel.
Starting in 1995 and continuing through 1996, both The Plaza & The Court at King of Prussia underwent an extensive $180 million renovation and expansion. The most significant additions were important new names like Nordstrom, Niemann Marcus and Lord & Taylor, not to mention a list of 100 new high-end specialty shops that reads like a "Who's Who" of retail.
What to buy: .
Address: Route 202 at Mall Boulevard at the PA Turnpike
Directions: Mall Hours: Monday through Saturday 10AM to 9:30PM, Sunday 11AM to 7PM
Plenty of parking available
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