The Pittsburgh Mills (locally known as The Mills) is a super-regional shopping mall complex northeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in Frazer Township, along PA Route 28 near its intersection with the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The mall is the largest shopping complex in Western Pennsylvania as well as one of the largest in the state, with approximately 2 million square feet (186,000 m²) of retail space on 200 acres (0.8 km 2). King of Prussia Mall near Philadelphia remains the largest mall. The grand opening of the mall portion of Pittsburgh Mills was on July 14, 2005. Pittsburgh Mills was conceived and originally developed by the Mills Corporation. On December 30, 2006, it was announced that the Mills Corporation sold its stake in Pittsburgh Mills to its partner in the project, Zamias Services, Inc. of Johnstown. Because of this, Pittsburgh Mills is currently the only Mills-branded mall that's neither owned or managed by Simon Property Group in the United States. Vaughan Mills near Toronto and the recently opened CrossIron Mills outside Calgary, Alberta are the only other Mills-type malls that are not owned or managed by Simon. To date, it is the last Mills mall built in the United States.

Mall complex components
It consists of two components. The first of these, named the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, is the 1,100,000-square-foot (102,000 m 2) indoor component of the complex which is divided into five themed neighborhoods corresponding to various Pittsburgh landmarks and cultural icons. It features Borders Books and Music, Cinemark Theatres including IMAX, Dick's Sporting Goods, H&M, ITT Technical Institute, J.C. Penney, Macy's and Sears Grand, which is a contemporary superstore concept with a limited supermarket, clothing, electronics and automobile departments. It also has over 150 shops, services, attractions and eateries, including a large food court. Two children's play areas are also located within the center, located in the cut-through corridor near the food court. The space occupied by the former Lucky Strike Lanes bowling alley was quickly replaced by Dingbats and a banquet hall called Royal Gatherings, both entities owned by the Trinity Select Group. The second component is an adjacent shopping center called the Village at Pittsburgh Mills. It includes several big-box stores such as a Walmart, Sam's Club, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, Best Buy, and PetSmart, as well as many popular restaurants, and a Springhill Suites by Marriott hotel. Another strip area in this complex includes Ross Dress For Less, Michaels Arts and Crafts, Office Max, Catherine's Plus Sizes, Famous Footwear, and the very first Sonic Drive-In in Western Pennsylvania. The Village contains a total of 925,000 square feet (85,900 m 2) of store space and over 30 retailers.

It is the first Landmark Mills property to feature two full-price department stores" JCPenney and Kaufmann's (now Macy's). Although the typical Landmark Mills mall is synonymous with outlet shopping, Pittsburgh Mills is the only center to offer an entire lineup of full-price retailers that otherwise could be found in a traditional enclosed mall. The reason for this goes back to 1981, when developer Zamias Services, Inc. of Johnstown, planned to develop a regional mall on the Frazer Township site. Legal setbacks and financial difficulties had postponed the project for many years, until the Mills Corporation announced in 2002 that they would partner in conjunction with Zamias to build a retail and entertainment complex on the site.

Indoor water park and resort
Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge, Inc. of Madison, WI and Zamias Services, Inc. will co-develop a hotel-water park resort which will be attached to the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills. The mall has struggled with vacancies since it opened in 2005, though the water park could make the mall a regional attraction. Great Wolf says its resorts typically include a hotel with 300 to 600 rooms connected to an indoor water park and entertainment area, complete with theme restaurants and other attractions. The companies didn't say when the resort will open.


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