Burlington Center Mall

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Burlington Center Mall
Location Burlington, NJ
Coordinates 40°02′28″N 74°49′30″W / 40.041°N 74.825°W / 40.041; -74.825Coordinates: 40°02′28″N 74°49′30″W / 40.041°N 74.825°W / 40.041; -74.825
Address 2501 Mt Holly Rd, Burlington, NJ 08016
Opening date August 1982
Closing date January 8, 2018 (Sears will close in September of 2018)
Developer The Rouse Company
Management Moonbeam Capital Investments LLC
Owner Moonbeam Capital Investments LLC
No. of stores and services 1 (100 at peak)
No. of anchor tenants 1 (3 at peak)
Total retail floor area 670,000 sq ft (62,000 m2)[1]
No. of floors 2
Parking Parking lot
Public transit access Bus transport NJ Transit bus: 413
Website http://www.shopatburlington.com

Burlington Center Mall was a two-level enclosed shopping mall located in Burlington Township, New Jersey, opened in August 1982. It was built by The Rouse Company of Columbia, Maryland. Its anchors were formerly Macy's, JCPenney, and Sears, the latter remains open.

The mall closed its doors on January 8, 2018. Sears will close in September 2018.


Burlington Center Mall opened in 1982 and was developed by The Rouse Company.[2] The opening of Burlington Center Mall in 1982 on the formerly rural corridor along County Route 541, has been credited as the trigger of a development boom on the stretch between Burlington Township and Mount Holly Township.[3] JCPenney opened a 103,000-square-foot (9,600 m2) store in August 1996 as an addition to the existing Strawbridge's and Sears stores. Jager Management acquired the mall in November 1999 for $10.5 million.[4] Strawbridge's, a longtime anchor at the mall, was converted to a Macy's store as of September 9, 2006.[5] At its peak, the mall had 3 anchor stores and 100 smaller stores and restaurants.[6]

Decline and redevelopment[edit]

In recent years, The Burlington Center Mall has seen an increase in the vacancy rate with few national chains remaining in the mall. In January 2010, Macy's announced that its Burlington Center Mall location would close by March 2010.[7] In June 2012, the mall was sold at auction to Moonbeam Equities for $4.4 million.[4][6] In 2014, JCPenney left the mall as part of the chain's round of closures affecting 33 locations nationwide,[8] leaving Sears as the only anchor store at the mall.[9]

In 2014, the mall announced plans for redevelopment that would demolish the former Macy's and JCPenney and replace it with an outdoor shopping area.[10][11] Construction was expected to begin by the summer of 2016,[12] but work was delayed as a result of lease renegotiations with Sears, a primary property holder.[13] Throughout 2017, the mall continued to decline. By summer 2017, only a few stores were left at the mall, including a food pantry, arcade, Bath & Body Works, and Foot Locker. The food court was completely vacant and portions of the parking lot were overgrown with weeds.[6] As of the 2017 Christmas season, two non-profits were asked to leave the mall by December 22.[14] The only store currently open is Sears.[6]

The mall voluntarily closed its doors on January 8, 2018 due to extensive damage from a burst water pipe, after originally planning to close in March 2018. The Sears store located on the property, which was under separate ownership than the rest of the mall, remained open.[6] On May 31, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing in September 2018 as part of a plan to close 72 stores nationwide, leaving the mall entirely without tenants.[15][16]


The mall was closed early on January 13, 2007, due to gang-related violence that may have involved 20 individuals connected with the Bloods and the Next Level Gang (considered a stepping stone to the Crips).[17][18]


Mall anchors included:[19]

  • Sears – 145,039 sq ft (13,474.6 m2), still open[20]
  • Macy's – 175,686 sq ft (16,321.8 m2) (originally Strawbridge & Clothier, closed 2010, to be demolished for new outdoor shopping area)
  • JCPenney – 102,704 sq ft (9,541.5 m2) (opened 1996, closed 2014, currently vacant)


The mall is located on Mount Holly Road (County Route 541), between Interstate 295 (exits 47A/B) and the New Jersey Turnpike (exit 5).


  1. ^ International Council of Shopping Centers: Burlington Center Mall Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine., accessed September 21, 2006
  2. ^ "Sears store in Burlington Township to close". Courier-Post. Retrieved 2018-06-14. 
  3. ^ Frush, Charlie (November 19, 1986). "Boom Times Seeking Gold in the Route 541 Corridor". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  4. ^ a b O'Sullivan, Jeannie (August 22, 2012). "Burlington Center Mall turns 30, gets new owner". Burlington County Times. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ Bishop, Christopher (April 30, 2006). "Strawbridge's retail reign ends". Burlington County Times. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b c d e Hoover, Amanda (January 11, 2018). "The saddest mall in N.J. shutters after years of uncertainty". NJ.com. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  7. ^ Conaboy, Chelsea (January 7, 2010). "Macy's closing new blow to a mall some call dead". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Here's A List Of The J.C. Penney Stores That Are Closing". The Huffington Post. January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "JCPenney closing in Burlington Twp". The Courier-Post. Cherry Hill, NJ. January 16, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ Rojas, Cristina (February 2, 2014). "Closure of J.C. Penney at Burlington Center Mall a 'possible opportunity' to expand redevelopment, owner says". The Times. Trenton, NJ. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/11/burlington_center_mall_redeveloper_buys_shuttered_jc_penney_store_will_work_it_into_230m_revamp.html
  12. ^ http://articles.philly.com/2015-01-25/news/58412020_1_cortana-mall-burlington-center-mall-steven-maksin
  13. ^ http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20160212_MALL_TROUBLES.html
  14. ^ http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/20171201/2-nonprofits-asked-to-leave-burlington-mall-amid-potential-closing
  15. ^ Halyey Peterson (May 31, 2018). "Sears is closing 63 stores as sales tumble — here's the full list". Business Insider. Retrieved May 31, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Sears store in Burlington Township to close". The Courier-Post. Cherry Hill, NJ. May 31, 2018. Retrieved May 31, 2018. 
  17. ^ Fight closes mall in Burlington Twp., The Courier-Post, January 16, 2007
  18. ^ Mall Brawl Possibly Sparked by Mistaken Identity, WPVI-TV, January 16, 2007
  19. ^ Hoover, Amanda. "NJ.com ranked all the malls in the state. See inside the saddest one", NJ.com, August 21, 2017. Accessed March 9, 2018. "The mall opened in August of 1982 on the nearly 42-acre site. In the late 1990s when Jager Management purchased the space, it was valued at $10.5 million. JCPenney became a third anchor, along with Sears and Strawbridge's, which later became a Macy's."
  20. ^ "Burlington Center Mall Lease Map". Moonbeam Capital Investments, LLC. Las Vegas, NV. Retrieved May 15, 2014. [permanent dead link]

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