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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.

joe February 09, 2011 at 01:01 PM
I was just there over this past weekend (Feb. 5th) and as I was walking around seeing all the empty stores and barely any customers there, it kind of reminded me of the Macdade Mall , right before it was about to close down. So you can see the concern from people of what is going on with the mall. So maybe they should put out a statement in the newspaper or something to let people know what is going on.
Jody Allen Evangelista February 09, 2011 at 01:30 PM
I have been hearing for 1+ years that the hospital will be expanding and taking over the mall.
Ash February 09, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Like Jody, I've heard that the hospital would be buying out the mall and expanding. I wondered what they would do with all of the room anyway.
Karen February 09, 2011 at 06:22 PM
I heard that the mall was being looked at by two other mall companies and the third consideration was that the hospital was going to make offices there and an assisted living facility. With all the empty stores I also heard that no leases were being renewed. It is depressing to see the mall in its present condition. I feel that it is time for the facts about the possibilities of the mall's future to be made public. Karen
Mary Ann February 09, 2011 at 06:31 PM
Granite Run Mall is in real need of a face lift.Lighting is poor and seeing all those empty stores with the cages down is not very uplifting. Shopping should be a fun experience, so I choose not to go there if I can help it. Mary Ann
Dave February 09, 2011 at 07:03 PM
I heard that Las Toltecas was opening in the Granite Run Mall. Then I heard that they weren't. Then the mall moved Las Toltecas' "Coming Soon" sign into another vacant store (the former American Cafe), but by then I didn't believe them because I had heard that Simon had sued the restaurant owners. The American Cafe is not missed; it was a filthy place, and I have personally seen rats running around outside the mall near the dumpsters that the American Cafe shared with Ruby Tuesday's. I wouldn't eat in either restaurant if I were starving. Anyway, the next place that opened up in that empty American Cafe location was not Las Toltecas; it was a diner which I call the Fly By Night Diner because it closed up again so quickly. They were much cleaner than American Cafe but I guess it's hard to run a restaurant in an empty mall. It's a wonder Peking survives, and it probably wouldn't if there was any decent competition in the area. It's a PITA to go there for take-out but it's the only good Chinese restaurant for miles and miles (not counting their downtown Media location). I've also heard that the mall was getting a major face lift, but that was a while ago and it's since gotten worse. At first I thought stores were emptying out so that construction could begin but it's been years now, and nothing. The most recent rumor that I have heard is that the mall has already been purchased by the hospital and that they are going to use it as a place to archive the elderly.
Eric Bell February 09, 2011 at 07:59 PM
This mall went downhill fast starting in the late 90's. I grew up about a mile from the Granite Run Mall and it used to have nice shops and lots of mall traffic. It seems like that Septa Bus Stop started importing unruly people there and it turned into a dangerous place at night with thugs hanging out near the movie theater. Good riddance!
Carol February 10, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Eric echoes my sentiments. I used to enjoy the mall until all of the hood rats from Philadelphia starting showing up in droves. It reminded me of the plight of Seaside Heights when obnoxious New Yorkers from Long Island starting coming to Seaside after they destroy Coney Island. I recall my last visit to the mall I was disgusted by the language and the display boys and men with their pants hanging and belted at the base of their rear displaying their clean (and dirty) underwear covered backsides proudly. I decided then and there that if I had to shop with some social awkward human filth that mall no longer needed my money. And, style is style so I could deal with the pants but the language these people were using and their attitudes.
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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