October 1, 2010 |
Flooding from torrential downpours forced closures today at one of the East Coast's biggest shopping zones, King of Prussia Mall, as retailers scrambled to vacuum water off carpets and fix damaged computers. Only one department store - Lord & Taylor - at the massive complex shut down after overnight flooding reached sections of the Lower Level of The Plaza, one of the large compounds of stores at the popular mall. The food court, which took on the most water after the swelling of nearby Abrams Run stream, was expected to be closed all day, while other retailers managed to open as cleanup advanced through the afternoon, said mall marketing manager Kathy Smith.
October 8, 1999 |
As construction workers try to fill two large sinkholes that have developed along North Gulph Road, officials said they are concerned about still more underground cavities that could threaten a bridge near the busy King of Prussia mall. The northbound lanes of North Gulph Road have been closed since Saturday as workers try to fill the holes and shore up the road. The road will reopen by tomorrow, said Gene Blaum, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Construction workers are drilling 35 holes and then filling them with concrete and grout to stabilize the road, which is built over layers of limestone that easily dissolves in water, creating cavities, said Charles Metzger, another PennDot spokesman.
January 5, 2012
Upper Merion police and Montgomery County bomb squad officials ordered a brief evacuation of the Court at King of Prussia on Wednesday as they investigated a suspicious device found in a flower pot. Chief Ron Fonock said a hollowed-out hand grenade similar those used in military training was recovered from a flower pot on the first level about 1:30 p.m. Fonock said the device contained no explosive material. The center was reopened to customers at 3:10 p.m. - Bonnie L. Cook
July 19, 1988 |
Morris A. Kravitz, 88, a pioneer in shopping center construction who developed the King of Prussia mall and was deeply involved in city philanthropies, died Sunday at Lankenau Hospital. During a career spanning more than 65 years, Mr. Kravitz had been involved in building and operating offices in Center City, apartments on the Main Line and family homes on Long Island. But it was in shopping center development that he made his mark. At a time when the suburbs were burgeoning with housing development, Mr. Kravitz saw a need to bring the stores to where people were moving.
November 27, 2010 |
The torrential rains that flooded the King of Prussia Mall nearly two months ago dampened holiday spirits yesterday, but only among a specific subgroup of Black Friday shoppers - premium-ice-cream consumers. It's true. The Häagen-Dazs store has yet to reopen. But that was the exception. Nearly all of the 100 stores affected by the rain, including dozens of locations to treat your sweet tooth, were open and prepared for yesterday's onslaught of bleary-eyed bargain hunters. "It's so over," Kathy Smith, the mall's marketing manager, said of the Sept.
June 25, 2010 |
Violence erupted at a King of Prussia construction site Wednesday, and today, police are seeking the public's help to apprehend some bat-wielding assailants. Upper Merion Township police gave this account: Officers responded at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday to the King of Prussia Plaza area of Mall Boulevard for reports that union protestors were blocking the entranceway to the new Toys R Us building site. While en route, an assault was reported in the mall parking lot. Upon arrival, police found two construction trucks with their rear windows completely shattered, and one victim bleeding from the head.
September 3, 1993 |
While the Plaza at King of Prussia undergoes $125 million in renovations that will add 135 new stores, several old tenants are being squeezed out. Some businesses have found other locations, but a few were forced to close their doors, including the Sidewalk Deli, Michelfelder's deli and the Sticky Bun bakery. The owners of the Sidewalk Deli and Michelfelder's were unavailable for comment on the changes at the Plaza. But Arthur Warr, owner of the Sticky Bun, said that his rent was to have been doubled and that he was going to have to pay an up-front fee. He did specify those costs.
October 8, 1986 |
Thousands of gallons of gasoline flooded from a ruptured pipeline in Upper Merion Township yesterday, forcing authorities to evacuate scores of residents and close major roads, schools and the Court at King of Prussia shopping center. Gasoline continued to pour throughout the day and into the evening from the Sun Co. pipeline after the rupture was discovered about 10 a.m. on the grounds of the Philadelphia Gear Corp., near the intersection of the Schuylkill Expressway and Route 202. Residents within a mile radius of the leak had been ordered out of their houses.
November 1, 2000 |
The secret of Gene's Books in the Plaza at King of Prussia here has always been simple, said co-owner Linda Massey. Gene Massey, her husband, who also is the store's namesake, loves books. For the couple, transforming a small Broomall book shop into a thriving independent store over two decades has been a labor of love. To the dismay of countless readers, that labor is coming to an end in November as the store - which carried 50,000 titles and thousands of magazines - closes and the Masseys move to other pursuits.
November 19, 1998 |
If Charles Darwin were to rate commuters, he would probably pick those who trek from Philadelphia to King of Prussia on public transportation as the hardiest of survivors. They trudge and wait through multiple transfers, stand in bus shelters - some of which are inches away from Route 202 - and often wind up getting on crowded buses that creep along in traffic. It is not a trip for the weak. SEPTA hopes a planned new rail line could at least make it easier. A feasibility study has just been completed outlining a possible extension of the Route 100 rail line, which runs from the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby to Norristown, to the King of Prussia mall.