PREIT Announces Franklin Flea, a Modern Indoor Flea Market to Open in Historic Philadelphia Building at 8th and Market Streets

The curated weekly market offers Philadelphians and visitors a new destination to shop unique, locally found and made items this holiday season.

Nov 07, 2013, 07:55 ET from PREIT

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT/NYSE: PEI) today announced the installation of Franklin Flea, a weekly winter market, to be housed in the historic Center City Philadelphia building at 8th and Market Streets, most well known as the former home to Strawbridge & Clothier. Situated on a highly trafficked street above one of the region's busiest rail stops and connected to The Gallery, Franklin Flea is a new and easily accessible destination for Philadelphia residents, commuters, and tourists.


The winter flea market is modeled after the Brooklyn Flea, a wildly popular flea market highly praised by publications such as The New York Times and Travel & Leisure for its uniqueness and progressive style. Inside the historic venue, amongst its antique chandeliers, columns and accents, shoppers will find an exclusive collection of over forty vendors all local to the Greater Philadelphia region. The merchandise will include the best in local handmade, repurposed, and antique items as well as an assortment of artisan foods from high quality vendors for an experience unlike others in the city.

CEO Joe Coradino says PREIT is excited to partner with Franklin Flea and looks forward to providing shoppers with more experiences like it.  "A trip to Franklin Flea is a Philadelphia experience not to be missed this holiday season.  This fresh and modern market characterized by its well thought out and carefully curated mix of vendors is a concept taking other cities by storm and will give shoppers a glimpse at the unique experiences they can look forward to at The Gallery after its redevelopment."

The Franklin Flea will open on six consecutive Saturdays beginning November 16th (10:00AM5:00PM) with a special weekday market on Friday December 20th (12:00PM7:00PM). For updates on Franklin Flea, follow Franklin Flea and The Gallery on Twitter and Facebook.

About Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, founded in 1960 and one of the first equity REITs in the U.S., has a primary investment focus on retail shopping malls. Currently, the Company's portfolio of 46 properties comprises 36 shopping malls, seven community and power centers, and three development properties. The Company's properties are located in 13 states in the eastern half of the United States, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region. The operating retail properties have approximately 31.0 million total square feet of space. PREIT, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol PEI.  Information about the Company can be found at or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

About Franklin Flea
Shop for the funky and unusual this holiday season at Franklin Flea, produced by Fluxus, LLC. Beginning November 16th, Franklin Flea will begin a six week winter themed residence in the historic Strawbridge's building at 801 Market Street. This uniquely curated collection of local vendors will be offering antique and repurposed furniture, collectibles, vintage clothing, handmade sundries, and delicious food.  More information about Franklin Flea can be found at or on Twitter or Facebook.

At the Company
Heather Crowell
VP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(215) 875-0735

For Franklin Flea
Mark Vevle, Founder
(917) 549-8547