Manalapan EpiCentre

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Manalapan EpiCenter
Manalapan EpiCenter signage along U.S. Route 9
Location Manalapan, New Jersey, USA
Coordinates 40°17′28″N 74°18′00″W / 40.291°N 74.300°W / 40.291; -74.300Coordinates: 40°17′28″N 74°18′00″W / 40.291°N 74.300°W / 40.291; -74.300
Opening date 2002
Owner Steiner Equities Group, LLC
No. of anchor tenants 2
Total retail floor area 460,000 square feet (42,735 m2)
No. of floors 1
Parking Parking lot
Public transit access Bus transport NJ Transit NJ Transit bus: 63, 64, 67, 130, 132, 139

The Manalapan EpiCentre opened in 2002 on the corner of U.S. Route 9 southbound and Symmes Drive in Manalapan, New Jersey. The mall serves the Marlboro and Freehold area. It replaced the earlier Manalapan Mall that was demolished in 1998.


Manalapan Mall
Location Manalapan, New Jersey, USA
Opening date 1971
Closing date 1998
No. of floors 1
Parking Parking lot

The Manalapan Mall was a shopping mall in Manalapan, New Jersey. It opened in 1971 on the corner of U.S. Route 9 southbound and Symmes Drive and was demolished in 1998 to be replaced by the Manalapan EpiCentre. The mall was anchored by Steinbach, and had 25 stores attached to its south side. A second phase would have included a Macy's, a Sears, and would have grown to a total of 100 stores, but the plans were shelved because of financial problems. By the 1980s, plans were submitted for a super-regional mall, the Freehold Raceway Mall, about 5 miles (8 km) south on Route 9. In 1996, the Steinbach chain was bought out, and the Manalapan Mall store was not included in the purchase.[1] The former Steinbach store was converted to a Value City location.[2] In October 2008, Value City declared bankruptcy and announced they would close all stores by early 2009.[3] The Value City became a P. C. Richard & Son, which opened on November 11, 2011. A Sports Authority opened on August 11, 2012, in the same building as the P. C. Richard & Son, along with a Bonefish Grill on January 27, 2014.[4] Sports Authority only lasted less than four years as they closed in June 2016, two months before the company went out of business as a whole.

A proposal in the early 1990s to expand the deteriorating mall faced opposition from neighbors fearing increased traffic.[5] By the late 1990s, while Freehold Raceway Mall was prospering, Manalapan Mall was becoming a dead mall. In 1998, the mall, except for the Value City, was torn down to make way for a big-box Epi-Center with a total of 400,000 square feet (40,000 m2) of retail space, some four times the area of the original site.[6]

The P.C. Richard & Son store site is a stand-alone store while the south and west corners of the old mall were turned into Wegmans, The Wiz (which was closed in 2003 and replaced by HomeGoods), Dick's Sporting Goods (which later moved to a space at the Freehold Raceway Mall and was replaced by Marshall's) and a Target. Other smaller businesses in the Manalapan EpiCentre are Applebee's, Verizon, Eyechic Optical Boutique, Gary's Jewelers, Gamestop, Cucina Alessi Italian Ristorante, and The Turning Point.

In 2005, plans were released to build an alternative mall facility that would include 800,000 square feet (70,000 m2) of space, including retailers, a multiplex theater and hotel.[7]


  1. ^ "Six Sites Not Included in Sale Changes are in Store North Jersey is Saying Goodbye to Steinbach", The Record (Bergen County), January 4, 1996.
  2. ^ Ohio-Based Value City to Convert or Close New Jersey Steinbach Stores., Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News, February 6, 1996. "Value City Department Stores Inc. plans to convert the Steinbach stores in Seaview Square, Ocean Township, and Manalapan Mall, Manalapan Township, to Value City stores by May 31."
  3. ^ Value City files for bankruptcy. Business First Tuesday, October 28, 2008
  4. ^ "Bonefish Grill opening Manalapan restaurant". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  5. ^ Cheslow, Jerry. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Manalapan; Despite Growth, the Ambiance Is Rural", The New York Times, April 30, 1995, accessed April 26, 2007.
  6. ^ New Jersey Mall to be Torn Down, Replaced by One Four Times Larger", Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News, July 15, 1998.
  7. ^ "Topic of the Day; Manalapan mall plan", Asbury Park Press, April 13, 2005.