Former Franklin Mills Mall Begins Indoor Renovations

Prepare for a lighter, brighter shopping experience.

A rendering of the Philadelphia Mills.

A rendering of the new interior of Philadelphia Mills.

Franklin Mills Mall, wait sorry, Philadelphia Mills has started to undergo phase two of a multi-million dollar renovation project, adding skylights, flooring and most importantly new retailers. (I grew up five minutes from the mall and I’ll always call it Franklin Mills.)

Indoor construction kicked off this week with plans to offer shoppers a lighter, brighter mall, complete with skylights and new lighting, according to owner Simon Property GroupIt’s also upgrading restrooms, and adding wifi and lounge areas with device charging stations. 

Interior renovations are expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2016 — just in time for Christmas season.

Here’s a look at the “Fashion Wing,” home to stores like the Nike Factory Store, JCPenney, Banana Republic and Victoria’s Secret.

A rendering of Philadelphia Mills.

A rendering of Philadelphia Mills.

Over the past year, the property has welcomed several new retailers including Express Factory Outlet Store, Steve Madden, Samsonite, Starbucks and Rack Room Shoes. It also saw retailers like Marshalls HomeGoods, Burlington Coat Factory, Foot Locker and H&M complete extensive renovations to their spaces.

The mall already went through a significant upgrade to its exterior, modernizing the façade with new mall entrances, landscaping and signage. That means it finally got rid of the kite-and-lightning signs that was so chic and modern at the mall’s 1989 grand opening. Check out the transformation:

Franklin Mills becomes Philadelphia Mills.

Franklin Mills becomes Philadelphia Mills.

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