Livingston Mall

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Livingston Mall
Location Livingston, New Jersey, USA
Opening date 1972
Management Simon Property Group
Owner Simon Property Group
No. of stores and services 103
No. of anchor tenants 4: Barnes & Noble, Lord and Taylor, Macy's, Sears,
Total retail floor area 985,000 sq ft (91,500 m2)
No. of floors 2 (Sears and Macy*s are 3 for Shopping, and Lord & Taylor is 2 Shopping, and 1 for Offices)and Barnes & Noble Booksellers has 1 for shopping
Parking Lighted lot
Website [1]

The Livingston Mall is a two-level, super-regional shopping mall owned by the Simon Property Group located in Livingston, New Jersey, United States, serving western Essex, Morris and Union counties. The mall has a gross leasable area of 985,000 sq ft (91,500 m2).[1]

Description[edit]

Livingston Mall features around 110 specialty shops. Livingston Mall is anchored by Lord & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Macy's and Sears.

History[edit]

Livingston Mall was planned in the late 1960s and opened for business in stages starting with Bamberger's in 1971, followed by the mall proper itself in 1972 along with additional anchor stores, Sears, M. Epstein, and Hahne & Company in 1972. The mall benefited from the migration of population in Northern New Jersey to suburban and exurban areas, and the mall is in close proximity to downtown Newark, once Northern New Jersey's premiere shopping mecca that was in serious decline since the July 1967 race riots. Both Bamberger's, and Hahne's maintained stores in downtown Newark when the mall opened, and Sears had a store on Elizabeth Avenue in Newark's once popular South Ward. In 1986, the Bamberger's store was converted to Macy's, In 1988, Hahne & Company was converted to Lord and Taylor, and the M. Epstein store was converted first to an annex for Bamberger's, and after an expansion of that building, it was divided into leasable mall space. Sears remains the mall's sole original anchor.

Franklin Simon & Co., a once-popular New York City based women's clothing store also operated a unit here. The Livingston Mall, despite having a Lord and Taylor, has appealed to a more mid-level customer since its opening, as the upmarket, The Mall at Short Hills is about five miles (8 km) away. Lord and Taylor had operated a standalone store in nearby Millburn, that was closed in 1988, when it was decided that Lord and Taylor would relocate to the Livingston Mall in 1991.

In the early 1990s, Livingston Mall was renovated for the first time. Flooring was changed, new skylights added, lighting was modified and in center court a spiral staircase and fountain were added. The changes of the mall made the mall appear more bright and airy. The sculptures that once graced the mall entrances of Macy's and Sears were removed and relocated to the Riker Hill Art Park, 2 miles (3.2 km) from Livingston Mall on Eisenhower Parkway.

In January 2006, Burger King was shut down due to the construction of the food court, it is currently a walk-up establishment in the food court.

In the 2008 refurbishing, the flooring was changed; and new earthtone /stone style tile on the lower level and carpeting on the upper level were added. The paint scheme was changed and new railings were added. New lighting was also added as well soft seating areas. The biggest changes are taking place in center court; in which the fountain and spiral staircase were removed in favor of a marble floor and glass elevator. All of the Mall entrances were also refurbished and signage was greatly improved.

The mall's Gap store, dating back to 1973, is the oldest surviving GAP store in New Jersey.[2]

Just a couple weeks into 2010, "Get Fried" and "Applebee's" were shut down for business. It seems that Applebee's wanted no more business in this mall and closed. The spot is so far vacant, and awaiting word on what will become of it.

On Saturday June 12th 2010, the Pizzeria Giulietta e Romeo reopened in its Livingston relocation on the bottom floor of the mall where Sbarro was previously located (next to where Applebee's was located.) Giulietta e Romeo came to the Livingston Mall after 11 successful years in East Hanover and offer delivery to Livingston and many surrounding towns. Giulietta e Romeo's stay in the Livingston Mall is supposedly temporary, with the owners planning to move back to East Hanover in about a year, after plans for a bigger, new building are put into action and completed.

Over the years Livingston Mall has opened a number of more newer, more appealing shops such as H&M, Hollister Co., Yankee Candle, Kay Jewelers, Steve Madden and others.

Location[edit]

Livingston Mall is located at the intersection of Eisenhower Parkway and South Orange Avenue, and is accessible from Exit 4A off Interstate 280 New Jersey Interstate 280 West is exit 4B, New Jersey` s Route 10, and New Jersey's Route 24, Interstate 78, just minutes from The Mall at Short Hills, and Interstate 287. Bus service is provided by NJ Transit's 70, 73, and the PABCO Transit, Inc MCM3 route. Coach USA's 31 bus and Community Coach 77 also serve the mall. The Township of Livingston operates the Livingston Express Shuttle which serves the mall and the South Orange Station.

Anchors[edit]

  • Barnes & Noble (30,000 sq ft.) 1 Shopping Floor
  • Macy's (formerly Bamberger's; 255,100 square ft.) 3 Shopping Floors
  • Lord and Taylor (formerly Hahne's; 169,200 square ft.) 3 Floors (2 Shopping, 1 Office)
  • Sears (192,000 sq ft.) 3 Shopping Floors

Coming Soon[edit]

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Coordinates: 40°46′37″N 74°21′14″W / 40.777°N 74.354°W / 40.777; -74.354