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Arcade, bowling among newest attractions at planned Philly Fashion District

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The fashion district announced an expanded entertainment zone this month

Rendering by JPRA Architects

The long-anticipated Center City Fashion District will see even more entertainment options than originally planned, including arcade games, bowling, karaoke, and billiards.

Round One, a Japanese company that calls itself, “an amusement store chain,” is bringing the new attractions to the project, which is expected to wrap up this year, according to an announcement last week from Macerich and PREIT the developers behind the project.

The entertainment group will join AMC Theaters on the third floor of the Fashion District, occupying 60,000 square feet of space, which the district is dubbing an “entertainment zone.” Along with games, attractions, and movies, the space will have food and drinks.

“Round 1 will create the ultimate entertainment experience for socializing with friends, family entertainment, parties and corporate events,” the district said in the announcement.

It’s the latest in a long journey for the Fashion District project, which is set to open this fall at the site of the former Gallery shopping mall on Market Street in Center City. Construction started in 2016, and a year later, developers announced that they planned to make the project a retail, entertainment, and food destination. A grand opening was scheduled for November of 2018, and it seemed on track, with 80 percent of its space leased out, but Macerich and PREIT announced that they needed more time. They pointed to the, “large-scale, complex nature,” of the project as a reason for pushing it back, and announced a new opening date this September.

  • Opening of Center City Fashion District pushed back a year [Curbed Philly]