The southwestern entrance facade of the Center. The four W towers face the four compass directions, with the ones most prominent in the picture being west and south.
|Location||Woodbridge, New Jersey, United States|
|Developer||The Rouse Company|
|Management||General Growth Properties|
|Owner||General Growth Properties|
|No. of stores and services||180|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|Total retail floor area||1,633,000 ft² (151,711 m2)|
|No. of floors||2|
Woodbridge Center is a two-level, major shopping mall located in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and U.S. Route 9. The land that Woodbridge Center now stands on used to be the location of the old clay pits in Woodbridge. The mall, owned and managed by General Growth Properties, features Boscov's, J. C. Penney, Lord & Taylor, Macy's and Sears and over 200 retail establishments such as Dick's Sporting Goods, Hollister Co., American Eagle Outfitters, H&M, Garage and Gap. Although most malls have a food court, Woodbridge Center's eating establishments are spread throughout the mall.
The mall's location near Staten Island and the benefit of no sales tax on clothes in New Jersey makes this mall, along with nearby Menlo Park Mall in Edison, a popular choice for New York shoppers. The mall has gross leasable area (GLA) of 1,633,000 sq. ft. (151,711 m2), making it the third largest of all shopping malls in New Jersey, behind Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, and Freehold Raceway Mall in Freehold. It is the 34th largest in the United States.
Woodbridge Center's regular season hours are 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
The mall was developed by the Rouse Company and opened in 1971 with Abraham & Straus, Ohrbach's, and Stern's. In 1978, the mall was expanded with a new wing to include J. C. Penney and Hahne's. By 1987, the mall got a fresh new look through renovation. The stairwell in the A&S wing next to center court was removed, new flooring was added, new lighting was added, the mall entrances were redone, and the fountains in front of A&S were either changed (the 2nd floor fountain) or removed (the first floor fountains). In 2003, the mall was expanded with a new Galyan's, which would later become Dick's Sporting Goods. Notable department stores that have closed include Hahne's (became Fortunoff now Boscov's), Ohrbach's (which became Steinbach and now is Lord & Taylor), Stern's (now Macy's), A&S (now Sears) and Fortunoff (now Boscov's).
In October 2007, the carousel ride was relocated near the J. C. Penney. The train ride was also reconfigured to ensure both rides stay together at the same location. A toddler's play area, "Tiny Town", is located near the carousel and train rides. In 2011, two new outparcel restaurants, Bahama Breeze and the Olive Garden, opened on October 24 and 31 2011. On March 8, 2012, police shot and killed a shoplifter in the Sears wing who had held a woman hostage.
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- Dick's Sporting Goods (100,000 ft²)
- J. C. Penney (174,000 ft²)
- Lord & Taylor (123,000 ft²)
- Macy's (267,000 ft²)
- Sears (274,000 ft²)
- Boscov's (180,000 ft²) Now Open
- A&S (now Sears)
- Galyan's (now Dick's Sporting Goods)
- Hahne's (became Fortunoff)
- Ohrbach's (became Steinbach)
- Steinbach (now Lord & Taylor)
- Stern's (now Macy's)
- Fortunoff (now Boscov's)
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- Woodbridge Center Dining & Entertainment.
- International Council of Shopping Centers: Woodbridge Center, accessed December 22, 2006.
- "Shooting at Woodbridge Center mall: Alleged shoplifter shot, killed by police; customers run for cover". The Star-Ledger. March 8, 2012. Retrieved March 9, 2012.