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FRAZER TOWNSHIP, PA-Despite ongoing discussions among retail insiders as to whether enclosed malls are developments of the past, the Mills Corp. on Thursday opened its doors to a two-million-sf enclosed mall/open-air destination center. Known as Pittsburgh Mills, the center is located in this city, 16 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. This is the first Mills’ property that includes an enclosed regional mall and an adjacent open-air center.

The enclosed portion, Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, is a 1.1 million-sf retail and entertainment destination and includes 380,000 sf of in-line retail, restaurants and food court. It features a one-level racetrack design, with hardwood floors, colorful courts and mall neighborhoods.

The Galleria boasts more than 175 anchor and in-line retailers. According to the company, Galleria at Pittsburgh is the first Mills-branded property to include full-price department stores. Anchors of the destination center include Kaufmann’s, J.C. Penney, Linens ‘n Things, Borders Books and Music and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Other retailers in the center include Forever 21, Johnny Rockets, Putting Edge and anchors Sears Grand and H&M.

Laurence C. Siegel, chairman and CEO of The Mills Corp., says the center is an example of the company’s proven ability to create innovative and interactive shopping destinations. In addition to the center’s retail tenant lineup, the enclosed mall will offer several entertainment options including a Cinemark IMAX Theatre, Pittsburgh’s first Lucky Strike Lanes and a NASCAR SpeedPark, which is expected to opne next year.

The 925,000-sf open-air component, known as Village at Pittsburgh Mills, includes a 150,900-sf Lowe’s Home Improvement Center; a 115-room Springhill Suites hotel; PNC Bank;First Commonwealth Bank; a Wal-Mart Supercenter; and a Sam’s Club. The Village is also home to several family dining options including Longhorn Steak House, Eat ‘n Park and Steak ‘n Shake. Retailers from the Village at Pittsburgh Mills are expected to open late 2005 into early 2006.

Mills Corp. is developing Pittsburgh Mills in conjunction with longtime German investment partner Kan Am and the locally based Zamias Services Inc. KanAm is one of Germany´s major private syndicators and asset managers of international real estate investments. Zamias is a privately held retail real estate company that invests in, develops, renovates and manages retail real estate. This is the Mills Corp.’s second Pennsylvania development; the company also operates Franklin Mills outside of Philadelphia.

As previously reported by GlobeSt.RETAIL, the Mills Corp. plans to spend $800 million on center redevelopments and expansions that will open between this year and 2008. It currently owns 42 properties in the US, Canada and Europe, totaling 51 million sf.

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