Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Gabe’s sets mall opening date

STATE COLLEGE — Another Nittany Mall anchor space will soon be back in business.

Gabe’s discount department store will open on June 23 in the former Bon Ton location, according to a statement from the company that oversees leasing for the mall.

“We are committed to the future of Nittany Mall and its use as a retail and lifestyle destination,” Gabe’s will provide shoppers another great shopping option while visiting the Mall,” Mason Asset Management President Elliot Nassim said. “Gabe’s will provide shoppers another great shopping option while visiting the Mall.”

Founded in 1961, Gabe’s is a chain of department stores that sells clothing for men, women and children as well as home goods and essentials. The company has more than 110 stores in 13 states. The Nittany Mall location will be the eighth Gabe’s store in Pennsylvania.

Currently, the closest location to State College is in Altoona. The 60,200-square-foot store Gabe’s will occupy was previously home to Bon-Ton, which closed in April 2018.

Earlier this year the space was used as a free COVID-19 testing location sponsored by Centre County. Mason Asset Management confirmed in March that Gabe’s was leasing the space and renovations have been ongoing. With Gabe’s opening, three of the mall’s four anchor spaces will be open, while plans for the fourth are underway. Rural King opened on March 13 in the former Sears location, joining Dunham’s, which had been the mall’s lone anchor store for a year following a string of closures.

The former Macy’s property, meanwhile, is the planned site for a category 4 casino, which is being developed by Bally’s and local investors. The new casino is will have 750 slot machines, 30 table games, sports betting and restaurant and entertainment facilities. Pending regulatory approvals, construction is expected to begin later this year and take approximately one year to complete.