Southeast entrance to Deptford Mall
|Location||Deptford Township, NJ, United States|
|Owner||Macerich and Heitman|
|No. of stores and services||160+|
|No. of anchor tenants||4|
|Total retail floor area||1,040,000 sq ft (97,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||2 (Boscov's has 3 floors)|
|Public transit access||New Jersey Transit bus: 400, 455|
The Deptford Mall is a major shopping destination 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, Macy's and Sears 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. They put up escalators at each end of the mall and made an elevator 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 J. C. Penney) 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.
- Boscov's - 160,350 sq ft (14,897 m2)
- JCPenney - 143,990 sq ft (13,377 m2)
- Macy's - 205,610 sq ft (19,102 m2) (previously Bamberger's)
- Sears - 159,880 sq ft (14,853 m2) (original anchor)
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- About Deptford Township, accessed October 3, 2006
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