The Gallery at Market East

The Gallery, a four-level urban mall begins underground just east of 9th Street, running parallel beside Market Street to the concourse at 12th Street, which conveniently connects to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) rail stations at 8th, 11th, and Market East. The underground concourse also connects to the Commuter Connection of the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) rail line between Philadelphia and New Jersey, as well as to other city bus and subway lines. A concourse at street level connects The Gallery to the Marriott downtown hotel, the Hard Rock Café, and the Grand Hall lobby of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Over 170 stores in The Gallery at Market East occupy the 1.1 million square feet of retail space between Market and Filbert Streets.

The Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust acquired the entire Gallery complex in 2003 and 2004. There are actually two galleries in the complex, Gallery I from 9th Street (site of the former Strawbridge’s) to the east side of 10th and Gallery II, extending beyond to 12th Street. The large 150,000 square foot K-Mart opened in the late 1990’s and now occupies the main part of Gallery I, replacing Steins, Gimbels, and the Clover stores which all eventually went out of business. Gallery II consists of numerous well-known stores including Burlington Coat Factory, Bath and Body Works, Old Navy, Foot Locker, and the Limited, in addition to 51 other retailers.

The Gallery is not Philadelphia’s largest mall; however, its easy accessibility and central downtown location attract over 40,000 shoppers and visitors each day. In addition to CVS, Modell’s Sporting Goods, and Walgreen’s, there are Claire’s and Lids for accessories, Borders and Horizon bookstores, and a Hallmark store. Men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes and clothing stores include the Children’s Place, Kicks USA, Guess, Pay/Half, Unica, City Blue, and Four Seasons. The mall also has several other stores with shoes, toys, jewelry, electronics, and games. There are a number of specialty shops in The Gallery, as well, such as Brigade for men, Cramers for kids, and Sky Blue, a shop that has something from everyone in the way of clothing, jewelry, and gifts.

The quick counter service restaurants in the Food Court include Cinnabon, McDonalds, Quiznos, Subway, Mrs. Fields, and Chocolate Express, for a wide selection of domestic and imported candies. Full-service dining is also available at The Two Street Café, a combination restaurant and bar, Sbarro’s for Italian, Osaka Japan, and Villa Pizza. Other specialty type food places include Meldy’s meat market, the Market Street produce market, Ocean Bounty fresh seafood, Tiffany’s bakery, Charley’s cheesesteak and subs, and the Gallery Buffet and Bravo Deli.

The Gallery sponsors special events throughout the year including programs for the holidays, children, and families. Lunchtime concerts in the Center Court beneath the four-story atrium are popular, as well as arts and crafts exhibits and fairs.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday — 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday — 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Parking Garages (2): At 10th and 12th St, between Arch and Filbert. Rates: 2+ hours – $14.00; early bird special $9.00 (in by 10 a.m., out by 6 p.m.); After 4 p.m. – $6.00.

(Note: Customer service on the lower level at 10th and Market provides information and maps on area attractions, events, transportation, hotels and restaurant reservations.
Ph: 215-625-4962)

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