Independence Visitors Center gift shop re-opens

John McDevitt
May 24, 2018 - 5:08 pm
Independence Visitors Center gift shop

John McDevitt-KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The newly expanded gift shop inside the visitor's center along Independence Mall has re-opened.

There is a lot of Philly-centric merchandise for sale.

A man from Japan was the first to buy a $299 miniature Rocky Balboa statue. It was created by the same artist who sculpted the original Rocky statue, which stands near the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

"Stalone fan. I like Movie. Rocky," he said.

There are t-shirts — one reads "YO!" — Liberty Bell hats, LOVE sculpture mugs, locally made candy and colonial style clothing. Several items are exclusive to the gift shop.

The newly expanded gift shop inside the visitor's center along Independence Mall has re-opened.
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James Cuorato, is the president and CEO of the Independence Visitors Center Corporation.

"In order to expand, we had to move the bathrooms across the hall. We put a terrace on top of the bathrooms, which is gorgeous," he said. "It overlooks the mall."

The work is part of the $15 million Visitor Experience Improvement Project. Renovations will continue for another year.