Dynamic dining offerings, Hash House A Go Go and Joe Italiano’s Maplewood, open
Lease executed with Michaels to complete anchor redevelopment, delivering diverse offerings
Philadelphia, PA, January 17, 2019 – PREIT (NYSE: PEI) today announced the completion of key leasing of the former Macy’s box at Moorestown Mall, executing a lease with Michaels, which will occupy 25,000 square feet of space, offering arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor and seasonal merchandise for do-it-yourselfers of all ages. Michaels will join HomeSense, Five Below and Sierra Trading Post in the former Macy’s location, creating a diverse and compelling retail mix reflective of the new mall platform. Michaels is expected to open in late 2019, marking another milestone in redefining the property experience.
Complementing the recently opened anchor stores, are new dining experiences: Hash House A Go Go and Joe Italiano’s Maplewood. The new-to-market tenants will complement the existing dining options and will deliver appealing offerings in the Moorestown community. The opening of these restaurants further supports PREIT’s efforts to reimagine the mall experience and provide a variety of experiential options for shoppers.
Opening its doors today, Hash House A Go Go occupies a 7,800-square-foot space offering locally sourced farm-fresh food with a funky, modern twist. The restaurant will serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner daily and its large bar will host a vibrant happy hour scene featuring local beers and famous signature cocktails. This is the first Hash House A Go Go location to open in the region and in PREIT’s portfolio.
South Jersey favorite, Joe Italiano’s Maplewood, a family-owned Italian restaurant for nearly 75 years with locations in Hammonton and Mays Landing, N.J. and recently touting the 2018 Best Italian Restaurant Gold Award from Press of Atlantic City’s Best of the Press, also recently opened. The Moorestown location occupies 8,600 square feet of space and will put a fresh face on its menu with a creative array of brick-oven options including, pasta with meatballs and Maplewood unique red sauce, a.k.a. “gravy.”
The changes we have made at Moorestown Mall are reflective of our efforts to create diverse retail and social experiences at our properties, transforming the mall model. The continued remerchandising and strengthening of our properties lay a foundation that will satisfy the demands of the community and set the stage for continued growth.
Moorestown Mall is home to a unique mix of tenants including award-winning Rizzieri salon and spa, Orangetheory Fitness, Yard House, Regal Cinemas, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and Harvest Seasonal generating over $25 million in dining and entertainment sales and popular retail brands including H&M, Express, Foot Locker, Hollister, Victoria’s Secret and many others.
PREIT (NYSE:PEI) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and manages quality properties in compelling markets. PREIT’s robust portfolio of carefully curated retail and lifestyle offerings mixed with destination dining and entertainment experiences are located primarily in the densely-populated eastern U.S. with concentrations in the mid-Atlantic’s top MSAs. Since 2012, the company has driven a transformation guided by an emphasis on portfolio quality and balance sheet strength driven by disciplined capital expenditures. Additional information is available at www.preit.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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