The King of Prussia Mall is the largest shopping mall on the East Coast. It is also the largest shopping mall in the entire country based on actual retail space. Second in the nation only to Minnesota’s Mall of America in total size, but with plans for an expansion, it may soon become the largest mall overall under one roof. If you prefer a more intimate shopping mall experience, Philadelphia has plenty of other malls and shopping areas that are a bit more manageable in size and scope, but read on if you want to know where to go to find the mother of all malls.
The King of Prussia Mall is known to many Philadelphia area locals as “K.O.P” or “the K.O.P.” It is home to more than 300 stores and 2.6 million square feet of retail space. There are two distinct sections. “The Plaza” opened in 1963 as an open-air shopping mall, which has since been enclosed, and “The Court” was added in 1981.
The King of Prussia Mall is just outside of Philadelphia and is approximately a half hour drive from Center City Philadelphia. It is accessible from Center City by SEPTA bus, route 125. The mall also happens to be just a few miles from Valley Forge National Historic Park. But while this is one of the entire Philadelphia area’s most famous historic sites, the mall attracts far more visitors than the historic battlefield could ever hope for.
You will find all manner of stores clothing, shoe, book, toy, jewelry, and electronic stores you could hope for. With more than 400 stores, there are just too many to list, but you can visit the mall website for a full directory. You will also find department stores including JC Penny, Sears, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, and more. In the high-end arena, you can visit Versace, Hugo Boss, Donna Karan, Hermes, Thomas Pink, and many more. And of course, no world-class mall would be complete without an Apple store.
Food Courts and Restaurants
There are three separate food courts and many casual and fine dining restaurants to choose from throughout the mall. With a mall this big, you will certainly need places to stop for a break and to refuel. Among the restaurants you’ll find Cheesecake Factory, Mortons The Steakhouse, Seasons 52, Maggiono's Little Italy, California Pizza Kitchen, and Legal Sea Foods, among many others. This is in addition to the many standard fast-food and international food chains and booths in the food courts.
In November of 2011, plans were announced for an expansion to connect the Court and the Plaza so that people wouldn't have to walk outside to get from one section of the mall to the other. The connector would provide more than 40 new retail spaces, including additional stores, upscale restaurants and a customer lounge with 140,000 square foot of additional space. No date has been set for the completion of the project.
Address and Hours
Route 202 at Mall Boulevard, 610-265-5727
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. Check the mall website for extended shopping hours during the holidays.