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King of Prussia is an unincorporated community in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The community took its name in the 18th century from a local tavern named "The King of Prussia Inn", which was named for Frederick II, King of Prussia. Like the rest of Montgomery County, King of Prussia continues to experience rapid development. Residents often refer to King of Prussia in print as "KoP" or "K of P", and in conversation as "K.O.P." One of the largest shopping malls in the United States, the King of Prussia Mall, is located here.

King of Prussia has retained its role as an important crossroads throughout United States history. In addition to the Inn, from the earliest days, the intersection supported two general stores. Today four major highways meet in or near the center of King of Prussia. The Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) from Center City, Philadelphia ends in King of Prussia at the Pennsylvania Turnpike, an east-west toll road across the southern portion of the state. US 422 begins near the center of town and heads west to Reading, Pennsylvania; thanks to reconstruction in 2000, motorists can now travel directly from Reading to Philadelphia without passing onto US 202. US 202 is the only major highway that becomes a surface road through the area.

The construction of one of the nation's largest shopping malls, thousands of homes, various hotels and skyrises, strip malls, restaurants, freeways, a convention center, and much more has caused King of Prussia to become a highly developed community. However, homes and farmsteads older than 200 years still dot the rolling countryside, and much is being done to protect them. Valley Forge National Historical Park, preserving the site where General George Washington and his Continental Army spent the winter of 1777-1778, borders King of Prussia to the west.

King of Prussia is home to the King of Prussia Mall, the largest shopping complex in the United States. King of Prussia comprises two malls which are connected by a short covered crosswalk, originally developed and operated by Kravco Company, now owned and managed by Kravco-Simon. The Plaza at King of Prussia originally opened in 1960, and was under a continual expansion until 1968. The Court at King of Prussia, comprising 900,000 square feet GLA connected by an open-air walkway to The Plaza, opened in 1980. The Plaza was renovated and expanded between 1991-1996, to include nearly 1.9 million square feet GLA. The Court was renovated during 1996. When the 180,000 square foot Strawbridge's department store at the far end of the Court became vacant in the late 1990's, the original Kravco partners bought the building. Kravco Company re-tenanted it with big box stores and restaurants such as Cheesecake Factory, reducing GLA slightly, renaming that portion of The Court "The Pavilion.".

The King of Prussia shopping complex caters to the very broad low-middle, middle, upper-middle and luxury spectrum of the consumers. Sales per square foot averages $600, among the highest in the industry. Current department stores at The Plaza include Neiman-Marcus, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, JCPenney, and Sears. Other notable Plaza tenants are Tiffany's, Hermes, Wilson's Leather, and Crate & Barrel. Current department stores at The Court include Macy*s and Bloomingdales.

Restaurants at the mall include California Cafe, Sullivan's Steakhouse, Ruby's, Maggiano's Little Italy, TGI Fridays, Bertolini's, Blue Pacific Chinese & Sushi, Rock Bottom, Bennigan's, Legal Sea Foods, California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, and three food courts.

The King of Prussia shopping complex is rare among malls, because it is largely served by a modern energy-saving HVAC central plant and a unique high tension dual automatic switching electrical feeds, attesting to the foresight and sophisticated management style of the original Kravco owners and developers. Other prominent retail space developed by others on the periphery of the mall includes big box stores such as Best Buy, and Costco Wholesale, Nordstrom Rack, United Artists theatres, and Bahama Breeze, Champs, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Lone Star Steakhouse, Chili's, and Kildare's Irish Pub all directly across the street from the massive shopping mall. A large Home Depot is located within 1/4 mile. These retail outlets employ 6,000 people in the area. Visitor traffic on average shopping day is in the 25,000 range, while on Christmas season weekends, it reaches over 125,000 daily.

Lockheed Martin has a large facility on a hill overlooking the mall as well. King of Prussia is also home to roughly to 200 or more companies who have headquarters or regional offices in the area, Cingular, Trane, General Electric and BNP Paribas are a few examples. The Theodore Presser Company, the United States's oldest music publisher, is also located in King of Prussia.


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