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Reading PA for Unbeatable Shopping Outlets

 

Reading, Pennsylvania has become a household name around the world from the inclusion of its former railroad in a popular board game. It is known across the U.S. for it's rich colonial history, iconic row homes, and covered bridges.


Locally, Reading is known for being a family town that is a hub for culture and entertainment. From Minor League baseball games at First Energy Field to the Mid Atlantic Air Museum that features an annual World War II reenactment, to the Greater Reading Expo Center that is a hub for business and consumer trade shows, there is something for everyone in Reading PA.


Reading, PA is also known for being home to the best outlet shopping – in fact, the area is called the Original Outlet Capital of the World. The shopping opportunities are a boon for tourism drawing more than 10 million visitors every year. Everyone enjoys shopping in Reading PA, here's a look at where to go.

VF Outlet Center

In 1970, the president of VF Corporation had an idea. The extra inventory of Berkshire International needed to be cleared out so he held a public sale with drastically cut prices to move products fast. Not only did the products move, they sold out completely. Encouraged, he held another sale a couple of weeks later with the same result. This gave him the idea of opening a permanent outlet store to move surplus products on a continual basis, and the rest is history.


Today, the VF Outlet Center houses dozens of stores from OshKosk B'Gosh to Lane Bryant to Nautica. Designer fragrances and cosmetics are available along with sports equipment, housewares, food, and so much more. The entire mall consists of two separate buildings connected by a walkway for a total of 400,000+ square feet of combined shopping space.


The VF Outlet Center is located at 801 Hill Avenue in Reading PA and is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm and Sundays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Fairgrounds Square Mall

For even more shopping, the Fairgrounds Square mall rounds up another 725,000 square feet of shopping that featuring JC's 5 Star Outlet and Boscov's along with dozens of specialty shops, restaurants, and a food court. The mall doors open at 7:45 Monday through Saturday to accommodate Mall Walkers who like to take advantage of the indoor walking course: one trip around is about ¾ of a mile.


The Fairgrounds Square Mall is located at 2934 N. 5th St, right next to the Fairgrounds Farmers Market, and opens for shopping Monday through Saturday at 10:00 am and Sundays at 11:00 am.
More Shopping in Reading PA


Just in case you can't find what you're looking for at the malls, Reading PA has many boutique and specialty shops. Here are a few local favorites:

  • Tom Sturgis Pretzels; 2267 Lancaster Pike, Reading. Founded in 1861, this is the first commercial pretzel bakery in the U.S. Tour the bakery, learn how to make the signature twist, and shop for goodies to bring home.
  • Celtic Myth & Moonlight; 641 Penn Avenue, West Reading. A truly unique collection of Celtic gifts and jewelry along with all things magical.
  • Pollack Fashion Outerwear; 643 Penn Avenue, West Reading. Founded in 1900, the company is still run today by members of the Pollack family. The store features a full line of men's and women's outerwear including furs, leathers, faux fur and accessories along with repair, cleaning, and refinishing.

If what you're really shopping for in Reading is a new home, contact the real estate experts at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty to find a home in Reading, PA.

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