Livingston Mall

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Livingston Mall
Livingston Mall North-West Enterance.jpg
Mall Entrance
Location112 Eisenhower Pkwy
Livingston, NJ 07039
Opening date1972
DeveloperN. K. Winston Corp.[1]
ManagementSimon Property Group
OwnerSimon Property Group
ArchitectCharles Luckman and Associates[1]
No. of stores and services109
No. of anchor tenants4 (2 open, 2 vacant)
Total retail floor area968,820 sq ft (90,006 m2)
No. of floors2 (3 in Macy's and former Sears, 3rd floor offices in former Lord & Taylor)
Public transit accessBus transport NJ Transit NJ Transit bus: 70, 73, 873
Bus transport Community Coach bus: 77
Bus transport Livingston Express Shuttle
Websitelivingston-mall.com

Livingston Mall is a two-level shopping mall owned by the Simon Property Group located in Livingston, New Jersey, United States, serving western Essex, Morris and Union counties. The mall has a gross leasable area of 968,820 sq ft (90,006 m2).[2] Livingston Mall features 109 shops and is anchored by Barnes & Noble and Macy's.

History[edit]

Livingston Mall was planned in the late 1960s and opened for business in stages starting with Bamberger's in 1971, followed by the mall proper itself in 1972 along with additional anchor stores, Sears, M. Epstein, and Hahne & Company in 1972. The mall benefited from the migration of population in Northern New Jersey to suburban and exurban areas, and the exodus of shoppers and stores from downtown Newark, once Northern New Jersey's premiere shopping mecca that was in serious decline since the July 1967 race riots. Both Bamberger's and Hahne & Co. had massive flagship stores in downtown Newark at the time of the mall opening. Sears also had a store on Elizabeth Avenue in Newark's once popular South Ward. In 1986, the Bamberger's store transformed into Macy's. In 1985, Hahne's gave way to Lord & Taylor when its parent company, which owned both banners, decided to retire the Hahne's brand. Around this time the M. Epstein store was converted to an annex for Macy's. Sears remained the mall's sole original anchor until its closure in 2020.

The mall's Gap store, dating back to 1973, is the oldest surviving GAP store in New Jersey.[3]

On February 6, 2020, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 31 stores nationwide. The store closed on Saturday, April 11, 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic was peaking in New Jersey and the next day was Easter.[4]

On August 20, 2020, it was announced that Lord & Taylor would also be closing as part of a plan to close 24 stores which then changed to all Lord & Taylor stores nationwide one week later on August 27, 2020. The store closed on December 29, 2020. This left Barnes & Noble and Macy's as the only anchors left.[5]

On December 4, 2020, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo announced that he had toured the former Sears space with Livingston town officials and announced that the former Sears space will be temporarily used as a COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Center.[6][7] This plan has been approved and it will only serve residents of Livingston, Belleville, Maplewood, Millburn, Newark, Orange and South Orange.[8] The vaccination center opened on December 29, 2020.[9]

A redevelopment plan for Livingston Mall was authorized by the Livingston Township in March 2021.[10]

Location[edit]

Livingston Mall is located at the intersection of Eisenhower Parkway and South Orange Avenue, and is accessible from Exit 4A off Interstate 280, New Jersey Route 10, New Jersey Route 24, Interstate 78, and Interstate 287. Bus service is provided by NJ Transit's 70, 73, and 873 routes. Coach USA's Community Coach 77 bus also serves the mall. The Township of Livingston operates the Livingston Express Shuttle which serves the mall and the South Orange station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Livingston Mall debuts". The Herald News. August 2, 1972. p. 12. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  2. ^ International Council of Shopping Centers: Livingston Mall Archived 2007-03-13 at the Wayback Machine, accessed September 21, 2006
  3. ^ " SHOPPING AROUND: BEGINNINGS; They're Everywhere. But They Didn't Used to Be.", The New York Times, November 16, 1997. Accessed March 26, 2008.
  4. ^ Accardi, Nicolette (2020-02-06). "Sears will close stores in Livingston and New Brunswick". nj.
  5. ^ Thomas, Lauren; Rattner, Nate (2020-08-20). "Lord & Taylor is closing two dozen stores. Here's a map of where they are". CNBC.
  6. ^ StaffDec 03, News 12; 2020; on:Dec 03, 10:59pm ESTUpdated; 2020; EST, 10:59pm. "Empty Sears store to be used as 'mega-vaccination center' for COVID-19 vaccine". News 12 - The Bronx. Retrieved 2020-12-04.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "https://twitter.com/joe_d_essexexec/status/1334578618790531074/photo/3". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-12-04. External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ NJ.com, Rebecca Panico | NJ Advance Media for (2020-12-15). "N.J. county hard-hit by coronavirus preps 5 sites to give COVID-19 vaccines". nj. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  9. ^ "Saint Barnabas Will Oversee COVID Vaccinations At Livingston Mall". Livingston, NJ Patch. 2020-12-29. Retrieved 2021-01-04.
  10. ^ "Livingston Township Authorizes Redevelopment Study of Livingston Mall Property". TAPinto.

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Coordinates: 40°46′37″N 74°21′14″W / 40.777°N 74.354°W / 40.777; -74.354