Last Saturday marked the grand opening of the Philadelphia area American Girl temporary store. Located in King of Prussia mall, the store is just a short drive away from Center City. This is the first American Girl store in the area with American Girl Place in New York City previously being the closest. The King of Prussia American Girl store is slated to close on January 28th of next year, which gives you plenty of time to handle Christmas purchases and exchanges at a retail location.
We arrived at 9:00 am knowing that they were handing out tickets, but not exactly sure how that process would work. I later found out that the tickets each had a group number on them and there were 50 tickets in each group. They ran out of tickets after 26 groups, so they handed out 1,300 in total! We ended up being in group 15, so there were approximately 750 people in front of us in line. The first two groups were granted immediate access, while the others were encouraged to shop the rest of the mall. We got our tickets at around 11:00 am, so we decided to walk around and then grab something to eat. We were excited to see that our number was on the board when we returned. We lined up in the standby area and anticipated a quick entry. Here’s where things got a little tricky. If your number was lower than what was on the board, you were to get into a different section to gain entry before the group that was in standby. Based on the timing of everything and the size of the other section, it seems like the earlier numbers flew by because many people were at lunch or elsewhere. We ended up spending an additional two hours in the standby line since they allowed the earlier numbers to go in first. I feel as though it wouldn’t have been so bad if they had alternated the earlier numbers with the current standby. Check back in a couple days to see more pictures from inside the store and see what the freebies were at the grand opening.