Service Merchandise
Liberty Plaza "Power Center"
Philadelphia, PA

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Liberty Plaza, Cooper's Plaza, and Service Merchandise Company, Inc.

In 1978, French retailer Carrefour commenced a retail program in the United States with the construction of two "hypermarkets" of 200,000 and 300,000 square feet, one adjacent to Philadelphia's Franklin Mills Mall and the other in Voorhees Township in New Jersey. The Philadelphia project was completed in 1988 and the Voorhees project in 1991. Carrefour terminated operations at both sites in 1992.

The two properties were acquired by The Mills Corporation of Arlington, VA, in April of 1994. The Franklin Mills site was renamed "Liberty Plaza" and the Voorhees site "Cooper's Plaza.." Both buildings were converted to "Power Centers," a new form of strip center occupied by high-volume, national retailers. Tenants at the sites include Bradlees, Pathmark, Marshalls, and Service Merchandise.

Manos provided all base building change-over architectural and engineering services for Mills Corporation, and also provided construction documentation for the two Service Merchandise stores, one in each center. The Service Merchandise stores range in size from 54,000 square feet to 58,000 square feet. Illustrated is the Liberty Plaza store.

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