The broader metropolitan Philadelphia area includes the City of Philadelphia - along the Delaware River in the most southeastern portion of Pennsylvania - and its surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery in Pennsylvania and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem in New Jersey. Philadelphia lies within the geographical center (the "Mid-Atlantic Region") of the urban megalopolis extending along the Atlantic Coast from Boston to Washington DC, encompassing along the way New York City, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore.
Bucks County (Pennsylvania)
Bucks County is the most strategically located suburb of Philadelphia, North America's fifth largest market. The County's regional role, particularly in the southern portion (where Oxford Court is located), has shifted from a bedroom suburb to an in-commuting center of commerce and industry. Bucks County lies at the confluence of Interstate 95, U.S.Route 1 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, putting Philadelphia and Camden (and their airports and deep-water port) as well as Princeton within a 30-minute drive, and just over one hour drive time from New York City or the Baltimore Harbor. Nearly 100 Interstate Commerce Commission carriers serve and have terminals in Bucks County. Also, Amtrak's main passenger line between Washington, Philadelphia, New York and Boston and Conrail lines to the Central Plains and the West run through Bucks County. Regional train lines' stations (SEPTA) as well as bus service crisscross Bucks County. New Jersey Transit stations are only away. In addition to the Philadelphia International Airport, two corporate and cargo airfields are operated by the County.
Bucks Middletown Township is located within the more heavily populated southeastern portion of Bucks County, in what is known as Lower Bucks County. With its row of retail centers along US-Route Business 1 (including several new power and destination centers and the super regional Oxford Valley Mall Shopping Center) it is the commercial hub of Lower Bucks County, evidenced by approximately 25% of its territory devoted to commercial and industrial use. The township, one of the fastest-growing communities in Pennsylvania, is part of the Neshaminy School District. Public services include a full time police force and a voluntary fire company. Public water and sewer are available to the majority of the township. Public transportation is available by SEPTA bus and train service.
Oxford Court at the Mall is flanked by US-Route 1 Business, US-Route 1 Bypass, PA-213 and Interstate 95 in the Oxford Valley Mall area, which has the highest concentration of commercial, medical and retail activity in Bucks County. Medical facilities include near one hundred health care practices, as well as several imaging (MRI, nuclear, etc.), renal care and other associated health services. The Jefferson/Frankford Oxford Valley Hospital and a new Bariatric/Weight Management hospital are within walking distance. Bucks County Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center are only a few minutes away.
The Oxford Valley Mall is anchored by Macy's, Boscov's, J.C. Penney and Sears and has an estimated additional 500,000 square feet of office condominium and rental space along Middletown Boulevard, the ring road encircling the mall. Other freestanding facilities in the immediate area include Firestone, TGI Friday's, Bertucci's, Cheesburger Paradise, Charlie Brown's, Smokey Bones, Pizzeria Uno and Red Robin restaurants, a United Artists Multiplex Theater and Sesame Place amusement park. Lincoln Plaza is a renovated "big box" center situated adjacent to the mall at the intersection of Oxford Valley Road and Lincoln Highway, anchored by Burlington Coat Factory, TJ Maxx, Bed-Bath & Beyond, Ross and Circuit City. The Oxford Point strip shopping center is located on the opposite corner with Keystone AAA, Petco, Nevada Bob's Golf, Rockaway Bedding, Citi-Finance and others. Freestanding facilities in the immediate area include Pep Boy's, Ethan Allen, Raymour & Flannigan and Tweeter. Across from Oxford Valley Road are Jefferson/Frankford Hospital, Bucks Sheraton Hotel, and The Court at Oxford Valley, a power center that includes Barnes & Noble Bookseller, Home Depot, PetSmart, Dick's Clothing & Sporting Goods, Old Navy, Office Max/Furniture Max, Best Buy, Babies 'R Us, BJ's Wholesale Club, Pier 1 and Ulta, as well as Old Country Buffet, Chili's and Macaroni Romano Grill restaurants.
Several other large retail centers surround the mall. To the north, just across US-Route 1 Bypass is the Big Oaks community-type shopping center, anchored by Kohl's and Giant. Three new limited-service hotels (Marriott Courtyard, Red Roof and Holiday Inn Express) are located at the US-Route 1 Bypass exit. Across US-Route 1 (Business) opposite the mall, another "big-box" center includes retailers such as Office Depot, Target, Staples, Toys 'R Us, Sports Authority, Borders Books and four free-standing restaurants (Red Lobster, Lone Star, Olive Garden and Tio Pablo). Further South on US-Route 1, there are Lowe's Home Improvement and Ruby Tuesday's, with scores of additional stores on the opporite side of US-Route 1. Oxford Court itself houses two restaurants: Cheeburger-Cheeburger and (opening in 2007) Carlucci's Food Court, three learning centers (Sylvan, Huntington and C2 Education), as well as financial, insurance and real estate-related stores.