Ledgewood Mall

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The Shops At Ledgewood Commons
Location 461 NJ-10 Ledgewood NJ 07852
Opening date 1972
Management JV Partnership
(Advance Realty/DeBartolo Development/Invesco)
No. of stores and services 5+
Total retail floor area 518,246 sq ft (48,100 m2)
No. of floors 1
Public transit access Bus transport NJ Transit bus: 875

The Shops at Ledgewood Commons is an enclosed shopping mall in Ledgewood, New Jersey. Its anchors are Ashley Furniture HomeStores, Marshalls and Walmart. It is a small regional mall, with a gross leasable area of 518,246 square feet (48,100 m2).[1]

History[edit]

The original anchors of the Ledgewood Mall were the W. T. Grant store[2] and Finast. By 1980, the mall's anchors were Rickel, Jamesway and Arthur's Catalog Showroom. These anchors remained for over a decade. The Rickel space later closed and became PharmHouse and Marshalls. Federated Department Stores announced in July 1993 that it would be opening a 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) Stern's store at the Ledgewood Mall in the fall of 1994, as part of a major nationwide expansion of the chain.[3] This store was then converted to a Macy's in 2001 when Stern's stores were closed. Jamesway closed in December 1995 following the company's liquidation, and previously held a weekly bingo game for senior citizens; a practice that was ended as the store began the process of closing down.[4] By 1999, Walmart replaced both the former Jamesway and Arthur's stores,[5] and Circuit City, which has since closed as part of the economic collapse of that retail chain, was added as well. PharmHouse eventually became an Ashley Furniture HomeStore location. From 2009 to 2013, and again in 2016, Circuit City became Spirit Halloween every September until October.[citation needed]

Other buildings on the mall property include Marshalls and The Sports Authority (now Spirit Halloween), Wendy's, Red Lobster and Barnes & Noble. Following the closing of Circuit City and the Great Recession, very few individual non-anchor stores remain. In January 2015, it was announced the Macy's store was closing as part of a plan to close 14 stores nationwide.[6] In 2016, plans were presented to the public that the mall would become an open-air mall, and Ledgewood Mall would be rebranded as "The Shops at Ledgewood Commons".[7]

The only stores remaining in the mall as of September 2017 are Wal-Mart, Men's Wearhouse (located outside), Barnes & Noble (free-standing location), an Ashley Furniture HomeStore, a Spirit Halloween (Open in the Former Sports Authority until November 2017) and Marshalls.

Redevelopment Plans[edit]

In 2016 JV Partenership, Advance Realty, Debartolo Development & Invesco bought the mall. The owners have plans for a redevelopment that would turn the mall into an open air power center [8] The owners announced that Barnes & Noble would get a new building where Sports Authority once was.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ledgewood Mall[permanent dead link], International Council of Shopping Centers. Accessed June 28, 2009.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Market Guide". 1974: 261. 
  3. ^ Staff. ""Stern's to open in Ledgewood, N.J.". Daily News Record, July 13, 1993. Accessed June 28, 2009.
  4. ^ Chen, David W. "NEW JERSEY & CO.; 23 Towns, and 1,000 Workers, Brace for a World without Jamesway". The New York Times, October 22, 1995. Accessed June 28, 2009.
  5. ^ Troy, Mike (1999-06-07). "Five stores, five states, five variations". Discount Store News. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  6. ^ Strauss, Gary (January 8, 2015). "J.C. Penney, Macy's to shut stores, lay off scores". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ Aun, Fred (2016-03-10). "A Fancy New Name for Ledgewood Mall". TAPinto. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  8. ^ Editor, MIKE CONDON. "Realtor says tenants actively pursuing Ledgewood Mall". New Jersey Hills. Retrieved 2017-05-01. 
  9. ^ "Bulldozer for Roxbury Barnes & Noble; But Bookworms Needn't Panic". TAPinto. Retrieved 2017-05-01. 

Coordinates: 40°52′23″N 74°39′07″W / 40.873°N 74.652°W / 40.873; -74.652