North Hills Village Shopping Center is a retail complex on McKnight Road in Ross Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, owned by J.J. Gumberg Co. since 1986. It was opened as a strip mall in 1957, with Gimbels as its center piece anchor tenant. It was enclosed in 1976 before reverting to a strip mall in 1996.
In 1984, Gimbels department store, which had been in the complex for 27 years and was the largest store there, announced it would move into Ross Park Mall, then under construction, when its lease expired in 1986. Merchants expressed confidence that the mall would survive the loss although it might become a discount mall. It was confirmed in July 1987 that it would become a "value-orientated center" with four anchor stores: Burlington Coat Factory, Hills Department Stores, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.
In 1996, renovation began on the south end of the mall to return it to a strip mall with large speciality stores that had entrances that opened directly onto the parking lot while the northern end of the mall was to remain enclosed; the mall would then have a total of 490,000 square feet (46,000 m2) of retail space. Further work took place to return the mall to a strip mall in 2005 with the mall's center court becoming part of a larger Burlington Coat Factory store. The size of the mall was then 616,460 square feet (57,271 m2) of gross leasable area with the anchor stores being Burlington Coat Factory, Kohl's, Shop 'n Save, Best Buy and Staples. Other stores in the mall included Taco Bell, Applebee's, Duro Cleaners and Millennium Oriental Buffet and 10 smaller stores. A new 125,000-square-foot (11,600 m2) Target store was built in 2006 on the site vacated by Burlington Coat Factory.
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“The most important fact about our shopping malls, as distinct from the ordinary shopping centers where we go for our groceries, is that we do not need most of what they sell, not even for our pleasure or entertainment, not really even for a sensation of luxury. Little in them is essential to our survival, our work, or our play, and the same is true of the boutiques that multiply on our streets.”
—Henry Fairlie (19241990)
“Children cant be a center of life and a reason for being. They can be a thousand things that are delightful, interesting, satisfying, but they cant be a wellspring to live from. Or they shouldnt be.”
—Doris Lessing (b. 1919)
“It was easy to see how upsetting it would be if women began to love freely where love came to them. An abyss would open in the principal shopping street of every town.”
—Christina Stead (19021983)
“Ah! on Thanksgiving day, when from East and from West,
From North and from South, come the pilgrim and guest,
When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board
The old broken links of affection restored,
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich Pumpkin pie?”
—John Greenleaf Whittier (18071892)
“At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald (18961940)
“Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.”
—Robert Frost (18741963)