Formerly the site of The Gallery Mall, which sort of devolved into a mish-mash of mostly phone accessory kiosks and abandoned storefronts, The District is Philly’s attempt to get its retail groove back.
Spanning three city blocks and approximately 900,000 square feet of space, The District features tween-dream shops like Justice, Century 21, Aeropostale, Forever 21, Express Factory, and H&M. Even if you’re not a fan of fast fashion, it’s undeniable that tweens will want to peruse these racks while snacking at Burger Fi, Jamba Juice, and Auntie Anne. At least we can say they are reliving our own tween years!
The District features a dedicated third-floor entertainment zone with billiards, bowling, karaoke, movies, and more. They are also rolling out ongoing community events and programs, and several unique features – including art installations and the Candytopia pop-up experience through January.
Not all the stores were open quite yet but most looked like they’d be ready for business within the next couple weeks. Kids (and grown-ups) were big fans of the flippable sequin walls for some temporary graffiti.
Before you unload your wallet, make sure to pick up a Fashion District’s Savings Pass for special offers and discounts from participating stores and restaurants at https://fashiondistrictphiladelphia.com/visitors/visitors-savings-pass.
For more information and the complete list of Launch weekend events and activations, visit: https://fashiondistrictphiladelphia.com/calendar.