Quaker Bridge Mall

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Quaker Bridge Mall
Quaker Bridge Mall 2nd floor from Sears.JPG
Second floor, looking from Sears
Location Lawrenceville, New Jersey, U.S.
Coordinates 40°17′26″N 74°40′54″W / 40.2906°N 74.6818°W / 40.2906; -74.6818Coordinates: 40°17′26″N 74°40′54″W / 40.2906°N 74.6818°W / 40.2906; -74.6818
Opening date 1975
Developer The Kravco Co.[1]
Management Simon Property Group
Owner Simon Property Group (50%)
No. of stores and services 120+
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 1,099,000 sq ft (102,100 m2)[2]
No. of floors 2
Parking Lighted Lot
Website http://www.quakerbridgemall.com/

Quaker Bridge Mall is a two-level, major shopping center located in Lawrence Township, New Jersey, on U.S. Route 1 near Interstate 295. The mall opened in 1975, and has over 120 retail establishments. Managed by Simon Property Group (which owns 50% of it), the mall's anchors include Sears, JCPenney, Macy's, and Lord & Taylor. It is also the location of the transmitter for the New Jersey-based radio station WKXW-FM, better known as New Jersey 101.5. The mall has a gross leasable area of 1,099,000 sq ft (102,100 m2),[2] making it one of the largest shopping malls in New Jersey.

Anchors[edit]

Anchors at Quaker Bridge Mall (in descending order by square footage) are:[citation needed]

History[edit]

Entrance near Lord & Taylor

Quaker Bridge Mall opened in 1975 with four anchors: Bamberger's, Hahne's, JCPenney and Sears. The mall's existence helped to spur growth along the Route 1 corridor with the opening of additional shopping and strip centers, as well as the reconstruction of numerous intersections on Route 1 to accommodate the rising levels in traffic. An AMC 4-screen cinema opened February 1977 at the back entrance, under Woolworth's. Department store changes took place in 1986 and 1990 when Bamberger's converted to Macy's and the closing of Hahne's allowed for the opening of Lord and Taylor. In 1988-89, the mall was heavily renovated. New flooring was added, new lighting was added, new seating areas added, the child's play area in the Sears wing was removed in favor of a planter and seating area, the majority of the fountains were removed, the mall received a paint job and the mall entrances facing Route 1 were redesigned. In the late 1990s Woolworth and the movie theater closed.

Except for an expansion to Lord and Taylor in 2001 and the full removal of the fountains in 1999, there have been little changes to Quaker Bridge Mall up until the renovations currently underway.

Expansion[edit]

Center court

A proposed 600,000-square-foot (56,000 m2) expansion project, would add Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, along with as many as 100 new stores and restaurants.[3] Nordstrom's two-level, 144,000-square-foot (13,400 m2) store will be the fifth Nordstrom store in New Jersey.[4] Neiman Marcus is planning to occupy about 90,000 square feet (8,400 m2) on two levels.[5] Due to the slowed economic climate, the mall renovations are moving slowly. The township approved the new JCPenney building and parking deck in 2008. On October 25, 2010, the Quaker Bridge Mall received approval from Lawrence Township to build the expansion.[6] In 2012, Simon began a large-scale renovation of the mall, replacing flooring, the escalator in the center court, and adding a glass elevator in front of Lord & Taylor and escalators in front of JCPenney. A new food court is also being built on the upper level where Woolworth's was, near Sears. The other renovations and expansions, such as the new JCPenney, are currently not underway.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Demick, Barbara (May 18, 1989). "Kravco And 6 Of Its Malls Sold To A Canadian Developer". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Quaker Bridge Mall Fact Sheet". Simon Property Group. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ Quaker Bridge Mall may grow: Lawrence Planning Board hears effects of proposed redevelopment, The Times (Trenton), June 22, 2006.
  4. ^ "Nordstrom to Open at Quaker Bridge Mall". Press Releases. Seattle, Washington: Nordstrom. 29 May 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  5. ^ [1], June 20, 2008[dead link]
  6. ^ Galler, Joan (October 26, 2010). "Lawrence OKs Quaker Bridge Mall expansion". The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ). Retrieved 2010-12-01. 

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