Deptford Mall entrance between Boscov's & JCPenney
|Location||Deptford, New Jersey, USA|
|Opening date||August 1975|
|Owner||Macerich and Heitman|
|No. of stores and services||154|
|No. of anchor tenants||4 (3 open, 1 vacant)|
|Total retail floor area||1,040,000 sq ft (97,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||2 (Boscov's has 3 floors)|
|Public transit access||NJ Transit bus: 400, 455|
The Deptford Mall is a major shopping mall in Deptford Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. It is the seventh largest mall in the state of New Jersey. Owned and managed by Macerich, it is the county's only indoor regional shopping center. The mall is anchored by Boscov's, JCPenney, and Macy's and has over 160 stores. The mall is located off of Route 42 and Route 55 at County Route 544. The mall has a gross leasable area of 1,040,000 sq ft (97,000 m2), making it the largest mall in the Gloucester County region, and placing it in the top eleven among the largest shopping malls in New Jersey.
The fully enclosed mall opened in August 1975 with three anchor stores — Sears, Bamberger's and Wanamaker's — and 150+ specialty stores. In 1986, Bamberger's became Macy's. In 1995, the Wanamaker's store became Hecht's. Hecht's became Strawbridge's in 1997 after its parent company, May Department Stores, acquired the Strawbridge's chain.
In 2000, construction began to build a JCPenney store as a fourth anchor, which opened on August 1, 2001. In 2006, the Strawbridge's store closed after Federated Department Stores acquired May Department Stores; the Strawbridge's was replaced by Boscov's.
On August 5, 1996, an armed gunman attempted to rob an armored vehicle inside the mall. During the shootout, the gunman and a 17-year-old youth were killed on the scene. A younger girl who was in critical condition after being hit by ricochet later died from her injuries at the hospital.
By November 2012, the mall had completed its first renovation since the early 2000s with the vertical movement project, which involved removing the two escalators the mall had and removing stairs at each end and at the center of the mall. Escalators were added at each end of the mall and an elevator was located in the center, with corresponding stairs.
The floor was replaced throughout the mall. New chairs, booths, and tables were added in the food court along with a children's play area (in front of Jalapeño's). Also, the up escalator in the food court (across from JCPenney) is being replaced by an up and down escalator. Originally, the Deptford Mall did not have a food court; its eating establishments were spread throughout the mall.
On October 15, 2018, it was announced the Sears store would be closing as part of a plan to close 142 stores nationwide as a result of the company filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The store closed in January 2019. The lower level of Sears will be replaced by Dick's Sporting Goods, which will relocate from its current location across the street on Almonesson Road. The mall is currently seeking potential "entertainment options" for the upper level.
Mall anchors are:
- Boscov's - 160,350 sq ft (14,897 m2) (previously Wanamaker's, Hecht's, and Strawbridge's)
- J. C. Penney - 143,990 sq ft (13,377 m2) opened August 1, 2001, as the mall's fourth anchor.
- Macy's - 205,610 sq ft (19,102 m2) (previously Bamberger's)
- Wanamaker's (later Hecht's) in 1995
- Hecht's (later Strawbridge's) in 1997
- Strawbridge's (now Boscov's) was acquired by Federated Department Stores in 2006.
- Bamberger's (now Macy's) opened in August 1975.
- Sears - 159,880 sq ft (14,853 m2) (original anchor) closed in January 2019
- "Deptford Mall Market Profile" (PDF). Macerich. 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
- About Deptford Township, accessed October 3, 2006
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- "Boscov's to Acquire 10 Federated Stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey". BusinessWire. February 6, 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
- Colimore, Edward; et al. (August 6, 1996). "2 Dead In Deptford Mall Shootout 2 Also Hurt In Robbery; Suspects Are Sought". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
- Dooley, Tara; et al. (August 8, 1996). "Girl Dies Of Wound In Mall Shooting Maureen Lavin Was Struck By A Stray Bullet During A Robbery Attempt In Deptford On Monday". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
- Bennetta, Traci (January 10, 2007). "Macerich Buys Super Regional Mall; Sells 3 Others". CoStarGroup. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- Kostelini, Natalie (October 5, 2015). "Deptford Mall part of $2.3B deal". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
- Bautista, Jessica. "New Jersey union workers stage demonstration in Deptford Mall", South Jersey Times, July 3, 2012. Accessed February 15, 2018. "Deptford Mall Property Manager Jim Mackey previously confirmed that work is scheduled to take place in the mall in the near future.The purpose of the project, which would rearrange the placement of certain escalators and elevators, was to improve the mall traffic flow, according to Mackey."
- Bomey, Nathan; Tyko, Kelly (October 15, 2018). "Sears store closing list: 142 more Sears, Kmart locations closing in Chapter 11 bankruptcy". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
- "DICK'S Sporting Goods Moving to Deptford Mall Sears Lower Level". November 27, 2018.
- "Future of The Mall Beyond Retail".
- Forand, Rebecca. "'Keep the mall closed on Thanksgiving,' workers demand in petition", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, October 21, 2015. Accessed February 15, 2018. "While management had no comment on the petition, Belsito added that the mall's hours are in accordance with when its anchor stores -- Boscov's, Macy's JC Penney and Sears -- will be open."
- Holcomb, Henry J. "Investment Pays Off for Retail Pioneer, Builder of South New Jersey Mall.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 28, 2003. Accessed February 16, 2018. "To take advantage of these trends, the mall has added a J.C. Penney store, its fourth anchor store, and a new look that Straus believes will age well."
- "Federated finds buyer for Strawbridge's sites", Philadelphia Business Journal, February 6, 2006. Accessed February 15, 2018. "Boscov's Inc. will buy 10 department stores owned by Federated Department Stores Inc., including five Strawbridge's locations, the department-store companies said Monday.... In the Philadelphia market, the deal includes Strawbridge's locations at the Deptford Mall, Deptford, N.J...."
- Lisicky, Michael J. Bamberger's: New Jersey's Greatest Store, p. 112. Arcadia Publishing, 2016.ISBN 9781439658369. Accessed February 15, 2018. "Bamberger's Deptford Mall opened in August 1975 and competed directly with John Wanamaker."
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