75,000 Square Feet of Retail and Entertainment Space Set to Open in 2023

Occupancy to Reach Record 95.5% Upon Opening of LEGO Discovery Center and Burlington

Approvals Recently Obtained for 460 Apartments and 165 Room Hotel

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- PREIT , today, announced that it has signed a lease with Burlington Stores for a new 30,000 square foot store at Springfield Town Center in Fairfax County, VA, expected to open in 2023. It will join the new LEGO ® Discovery Center and several other new additions including Lovisa, BoxLunch, Daily Thread and Carters among others. The opening of these new tenants will drive occupancy at Springfield Town Center to a record 95.5%


PREIT's overall vision is to transform Springfield Town Center into a vibrant, multi-use hub and take advantage of its unrivaled location to create the preeminent family entertainment destination in the Washington, DC market.  As part of this transformation, unanimous approval from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors was recently obtained for the development of 460 apartments and a 165-room hotel, paving the way for the sale of land parcels to developers. 

The mall's highly diversified tenant mix includes traditional retail, top-tier full service dining destinations, entertainment, fitness and other value retail offerings – Nordstrom Rack, Five Below and Target. The addition of Burlington builds on the plan to offer more options to a wide array of customers and highlights the attractiveness of the site to retailers.  In 2022, over 20,000 square feet of stores opened their doors for operation at Springfield Town Center. 

"We are pleased to welcome Burlington Stores to Springfield Town Center, another milestone in our mission to create a diverse tenant mix including non-traditional mall retailers," said Joseph F. Coradino, Chairman & CEO of PREIT. "The addition of Burlington Stores, the upcoming opening of LEGO ® Discovery Center, and the planned apartment and hotel developments will strengthen the property's appeal to customers and prospective tenants."

Located in the third wealthiest county in the United States, Springfield Town Center is a premier shopping destination well-positioned to attract quality retailers and thrive as a premier shopping destination.  


PREIT (OTC: PRET) is a real estate investment trust that owns and manages innovative properties developed to be thoughtful, community-centric hubs. PREIT's robust portfolio of carefully curated, ever-evolving properties generates success for its tenants and meaningful impact for the communities it serves by keenly focusing on five core areas of established and emerging opportunity: multi-family & hotel, health & tech, retail, essentials & grocery and experiential. Located primarily in densely-populated regions, PREIT is a top operator of high quality, purposeful places that serve as one-stop destinations for customers to shop, dine, play and stay. Additional information is available at www.preit.com or on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

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Additional factors that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements include those discussed herein, and in the sections entitled "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2022. We do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise. 


Heather Crowell



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