Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough, MA


In 1988 Lanesborough, Massachusetts got a mall. The Berkshire Mall is located just outside of Pittsfield on Route 8 and US 7. From the time the mall opened until now there have been several different anchors or department stores bringing in business. The current anchors are Best Buy, Hollister, JC Penney, Macy's, Old Navy, Regal Cinema, Sears and Target. In the past Berkshire Mall had Linens `n Things, Ames, Filenes, Hills, Service Merchandise, Stiegers, and Woolworth. Most of these stores closed due to economic issues over the years.

Berkshire Mall is owned by Pyramid Companies. This company was based in Syracuse, New York in 1970. It is owned by Robert J. Congel. At the time the company was built it owned three malls, which they called Pioneers. The Shops at Ithaca Mall, Pyramid Mall Plattsburgh, and Pyramid Mall Saratoga were the first three. Since the 70's they have expanded into other New England states. The company is primarily real estate and shopping malls. Annually they earn about $5 billion with 20 properties. Ithaca is the only property still standing of the original three. The rest were turned into strip malls and even Ithaca has been sold.

The mall has more than seventy retail shops for guests to enjoy. The shops are broken down into books and gifts, children's apparel, department stores, electronics and entertainment, restaurants, home furnishings, men's clothing, shoes, specialty apparel, specialty shops, and women's apparel.

There is only one shop with books, cards, gifts and toys, and that is Earth Shoppe. For children there is Children's Place, JC Penney, Limited Too, Macy's, Old Navy, and Sears. Men can enjoy Aeropostale, American Eagle, Footlocker, Hollister, and PacSun. Shoes can be found at many of the stores already named, along with Lady Footlocker, Payless, and Shoe Dept. Eastern Mountain Sports and Hot Topic provide speciality clothing for both men and women.

For specialty shops there is Bath and Body Works, Claire's Boutique, GNC, Hannoush Jewelers, Kay Jewelers, Piercing Pagoda, Spencer's Gifts, Vitamin World, and Zales. Women have a few more places to shop than children and men. For example Christopher and Banks, CJ Banks, Deb Shop, Lane Bryant, New York and Company, and Victoria's Secret are available.

Shoppers can always take a break from the stores to enjoy a new release movie at Regal Cinemas or enjoy the food court. Bennigan's, Little Tokyo, McDonald's, Pizzatella, Pretzel Time, Shelburne Falls Coffee, Subway, and Tropical Delights Smoothies are the food options available onsite at Berkshire Mall.

Berkshire Mall is an indoor mall with a few buildings surrounding it. The mall hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. Berkshire Mall will have holiday hours staying open later on certain days for Christmas shopping. They are closed for holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Department stores and other locations may also have different hours than the main mall for the holiday season. Berkshire Mall is a part of the community offering events throughout the year.

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