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Granite Run Mall is NOT Closing

Media Patch attempts to clear up the mall rumor.

The Granite Run Mall is not closing. The rumor mill can come to a halt…almost.

According to representatives at both Granite Run Mall and Simon Property Group, the Granite Run Mall is not closing. However, when asked to expand on that topic, no further information was given.

"There is no basis to rumors about the mall closing. We are open for business as usual," a statement from Granite Run Mall Marketing Director Aubrey Proud said in an email message.

Several upcoming mall events were then given that were scheduled for February, March and April.

However, when asked to discuss the topic further the request was declined and it was said that that was all of the information they had to share.

On a recent trip to the mall, 29 stores sat vacant inside the mall, 15 on the second floor and 14 on the first floor. The empty stores with the cages down over the entrances did not look appealing.

Sears, JC Penney and Boscov’s department stores are the anchor stores at the mall. Inside the mall there are 83 businesses, restaurants, services and stores listed on the mall’s Web site, which include the kiosks that sit in the mall's inner areas. Then there are Kohl’s Department Store, ACME Markets, Sears Auto Center and the AMC movie theater all surrounding the mall outside. 

So yes the basic question as to whether the mall is closing has been answered but there are still many unanswered questions. For instance, why is the rumor floating around in the first place? Could it be because 29 stores sit vacant inside the mall?

The rumor is no longer staying local to the Media area. It was even recently discussed on the Philadelphia morning radio show Preston and Steve on 93.3 WMMR (listen at the 1:13:20 mark) and many listeners called in to discuss the topic but no one seemed to have many facts.

Perhaps mall representatives should make a larger public relations move in order to ease consumer and resident concerns and completely dispel this mall rumor.

Bruce Parker February 26, 2011 at 04:16 AM
According to the Simon group spokesperson in the WSJ article in one year's time the mall will be something else.
Russ Chuckran March 08, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Its an old relic.....and needs major overhaul with decent anchor stores. I grew up in the area and used to frequent the mall. Sadly its just not what it used to be. Springfield and King of Prussia have it all of Granite Run. It needs to go and the Franklin Mint projec needs to take over. Russ
John Stoccardo April 08, 2011 at 04:22 PM
I remember back in the 80"s that mall use to be hot. Cool clothing stores and great retail stores, and even food cafes. Now what happened since simon owned it, just went down hill with unknown named stores with lower class people. What!!!! The mall use to be great place to shop, eat or just relax and hang out. I would call the granite run mall an upscare casual mall to buy styling clothes and assecories....Please bring the mall back to life as was before, not send shoppers to KOP mall. Just make great improvement to impress shoppers and that mall will be hopping again..... John
Granite Run Mall May 17, 2011 at 08:57 PM
Thank you all for your comments about Granite Run Mall. As of April 1, 2011, Madison Marquette has moved in as the new management company for Granite Run Mall. With a stellar track record of taking struggling centers and renewing not only their physical appearance, but also their leasing practices, it is sure to be a great partnership. Madison Marquette realizes the importance of Granite Run Mall to the economic success of the surrounding community, and as such, leasing efforts of the center will be a priority to us in the coming year.
timmy March 10, 2012 at 04:44 PM
that mall = trashy people, stay where you from. also close the mall due to trashy people taking over,

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