The Center Court in January 2007
|Location||Mays Landing, New Jersey|
|Management||Kravco Company LLC|
|No. of stores and services||115|
|No. of anchor tenants||3 (And 2 Junior Anchors)|
|Total retail floor area||1,028,500 sq ft (95,550 m2)|
|No. of floors||2 (3 in Macy's)|
|Public transit access||NJ Transit bus: 502, 508, 553|
- For the former shopping district named "Hamilton Mall" in Allentown, Pennsylvania, see here
The Hamilton Mall is a major shopping destination in Mays Landing, in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. Opened in 1987, the two-story enclosed mall is anchored by J.C. Penney, Macy's and Sears (Sears and JC Penney were at the Shore Mall (now Harbor Square) prior to 1987).
The mall is adjacent to the Black Horse Pike (U.S. Route 322) and U.S. Route 40, and is close to the Atlantic City Expressway and Atlantic City, making it a high tourist destination for vacationers there. The mall has a gross leasable area of 1,028,500 sq ft (95,550 m2).
The mall's food court on level 2 has many dining choices, featuring Chicken Now, Asian Chow, Cosimo's Pizza, among others. Sit-down restaurants on level 1 are Ruby Tuesday, opened in 1987. An Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Buffalo Wild Wings are all located on pad sites on the outskirts of the parking lot.
Construction on the $100 million Hamilton Mall began in November 1985 by Kravco Company (now Kravco Company LLC) and JCP Realty Inc., the development arm of JCPenney, just south of the Atlantic City Racetrack. The mall, which was built on a 104-acre (0.42 km2) tract that were former entrance roads and overflow parking for the race course, eventually opened in September 1987. Mall entitlements included provisions for four department stores, one of which was built. The Macy's was originally supposed to be a Bambergers, until Macys renamed the stores in 1986. JCPenney and Sears moved from the nearby Shore Mall.
In August 1989, a small strip mall, dubbed the "Convenience Center", opened on the north side of the mall property adjacent to the racetrack. In 1991, Red Lobster opened on the outskirts of the mall parking lot. Olive Garden opened on a pad site in the parking lot in 1995.
In the early 2000s, construction began on the Wrangleboro Consumer Square, a large power center near Hamilton Mall, anchored by BJ's, Target, and Best Buy. This was quickly followed by construction of Hamilton Commons with its 24-multi-plex cinema, Festival at Hamilton with its Acme Sav-On, and a free-standing super-Walmart incorporating an additional supermarket. A few miles east on Black Horse Pike, the English Creek Village area welcomed an additional shopping center, Home Depot, and several auto dealerships, consolidating the Hamilton Mall area as the primary shopping powerhouse in southeastern New Jersey, with Hamilton Mall as its centerpiece.
In 2004, the Hamilton Mall upgraded the 17-year-old mall with an $8 million common area renovation. The renovation included the removal of several fountains, trees and planters, and a carousel located near the mall's main entrance. Most of this was done to make way for more kiosks, as well as new lounge areas featuring soft seating and TVs. The large elevated seating area and planters in the food court were removed to make way for more seating and spaces for tenants in the center. The renovation also included new flooring, lighting, signage, and color scheme.
Between 2004 and 2009, partnered with the local utility, Hamilton Mall and its stores embarked on an extensive energy conservation program to reduce electrical consumption. Nearly every store changed its overhead lighting to new energy conserving fixtures. Together with its central plant HVAC, this made Hamilton Mall one of the greenest malls in America in terms of energy efficiency. In 2009, a new carousel and a new children's play area opened on the first floor of Hamilton Mall.
In early 2013, restaurants Buffalo Wild Wings and Longhorn Steakhouse opened at Hamilton Mall on pad sites facing Black Horse Pike. A two-story expansion incorporating H&M and Forever 21 opened on the north side of the mall in mid-2013, in the location of the former "ghost" anchor. Also in 2013, the food court underwent a renovation, which included removal of the center kiosk (built as part of the mall's 2003 renovation) to provide visibility to surrounding stores, raising the ceiling height, and installing new paint, seating, flatscreen TVs and a boardwalk-inspired floor design. The mall's central plant chillers and cooling tower were replaced with newer highly efficient technology. The redevelopment also included construction of a new public transit hub serving 169 buses per day, over one mile of new pedestrian sidewalks on site, extensive new landscaping, site-wide repaving, and improvements to five storm water basins.
In 2010, plans were revealed to develop an office and technology park adjacent to the mall and the race course, called the "NextGen International Aviation Center for Excellence". The office park, which is being developed by NextGen Aviations, will contain six office buildings totaling between 400,000 and 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) on the site of the race course parking lot, corporate and academic housing on the current site of the stables (which would be moved), and a renovation of the grandstand and addition of a 20-story hotel and conference center.
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