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Updated July 31

It’s taken $400 million and four years of patience, but Fashion District Philadelphia is now visible on the horizon. The long-awaited Gallery Mall replacement, first approved back in the Nutter era, will open its doors on Sept. 19.

The ambitious renovation — which exploded construction in all directions in its quest to revitalize the area (including into the below ground commuter concourse) — was initially projected to launch in November 2018. As that date came and went, Gallery 2.0 started to seem like more of a fever dream than actual impending reality.

But lo and behold, we’re now just a few months out. PREIT, which also operates malls in Cherry Hill, Springfield, Plymouth Meeting and other locations, told the Inquirer it hopes the project will eventually rival Rittenhouse Row as a shopping destination. To bolster the claim, the company released a list of 50-plus incoming vendors set to liven up East Market Street.

Spanning everything from retail to restaurant to interactive art display, the majority of storefronts are national chains, plus several local shops in a “Uniquely Philly” section. The entertainment portion of the space won’t be ready until a few months later, with additional storefronts also promised over the next few years.

Here’s everything you’ll find at “The District” when it launches this fall.



Your standard trendy clothes and tons of denim, all for pretty affordable prices

American Eagle/Aerie

National apparel brand with an underwear-bathing-suit operation in tow


The chain formerly known under its Coat Factory alias, which has since rebranded to include other-weather clothing items

Century 21

It’s basically the law, every shopping mall needs a department store on site


Your new destination for sporting apparel — jogging, hiking, fishing, and more

Dolly’s Boutique

A Germantown consignment shop that prides itself on unique designer wearables

Eddie Bauer

Outerwear and exercise gear


This budget-friendly clothing option gives us reason to never again feel the pain of the crowded Chestnut Street H&M


Clothing spot popular among teens. You know the one, smells like it’s got a sprinkler system that dispenses cologne?


More teeny-bopper apparel

Express Factory

Super budget-friendly clothing outlet

Forever 21

…Another super budget-friendly clothing outlet (see also: child labor)


Self-proclaimed “playful” women’s clothing brand with 700 stores nationwide

Guess Factory

Did we mention this mall has budget-friendly clothing outlets?


A place to engage in everyone’s favorite pastime: shopping for jeans

South Fellini

Local shop specializing in creative Philly-themed merch


Clothes for Philly’s skating/snowboarding crowd


American Hats LLC

Caps for men and women made special in Northeast Philly


Sneakers sent over all the way from Japan, plus additional assorted sporting goods

Bella Belle Shoes

Handmaid footwear for special events like weddings and fancy evenings


An outlet for popular shoe brands like Vans, Converse, Adidas and Birkenstock


More sneakers


Jewelry shop known for customizable charm bracelets

The Sable Collective

This Swampoodle-based biz offers a range of clothing, jewelry, art, books and body care — plus curated gift boxes


This travel gear shop has much less chance of turning into a Wawa like Robinson’s Luggage at Broad and Walnut


And then also more sneakers, of the irreverent kind


Your essential mall outpost for gag gifts, graphic tees and so-called “naughty” merchandise

Sunglass Hut

Eyewear of the sun-shading variety

Will’s EyeWear

Eyewear of the helpful focusing variety, locally owned


Guess the Fashion District folks heard about that whole diamonds are forever thing

Health and beauty

American Shaman

Nationwide CBD/hemp peddlers

ULTA Cosmetics

Super-popular and affordable source of makeup, nail polish, fragrances

Credit: Fashion District Philadelphia

Food and drink

Auntie Anne’s

Buttery, Lancaster-style soft pretzels are a different breed entirely

Beef Jerky Outlet

Like eating leather, but fun!

Big Gay Ice Cream

Philly’s second outpost of the NYC-born frozen dessert shop


Higher-end than Mickey D’s, with all the same options — plus a meatless burger


Fast food fried chicken, but never on Sundays

Chickie’s & Pete’s

Now you can have Crabfries® in Center City

City Winery

First foray into Philadelphia for this New York-based live music and dining spot

Dunkin Donuts

Can’t open a mall without fulfilling the chain coffee demographic


Canadian fast casual restaurant that serves health-conscious options, like burritos, wraps, soups, salads — even fro-yo

La Madeleine

A French bakery and cafe that actually did get its start in France

Oath Pizza

Build-your-own pizza place with salads, desserts and solid options for kids

Pei Wei

For your mid-shopping lo mein break

Philly Pretzel Factory

Soft pretzels of the classic Philly kind

Rolling Cow

Artisanal hand-rolled ice cream: check



Reliable video game chain, as long as you’re not afraid to bump into teenagers


Gotta have a place to score a smartphone


AMC Theatres (November)

Seeing movies at the theater is still fun — even if one trip costs you double the monthly price of Netflix

Round1 (November)

A so-called “amusement center” boasting bowling, karaoke, arcade games and food and drinks

Wonderspaces (December)

An interactive space to showcase artists and produce galleries

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Michaela Winberg

Michaela Winberg is a general assignment reporter at Billy Penn. She covers LGBTQ people and culture, public spaces, and transportation and mobility. She also sometimes produces radio and web features...