Menlo Park Mall
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|Location||Edison, New Jersey, USA|
|Opening date||1959 (renovated/enclosed in 1966-1967 and expanded in 1990-1991)|
|Management||Simon Property Group|
|Owner||Simon Property Group|
|No. of stores and services||175|
|No. of anchor tenants||5: Macy's, Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble, AMC Theatres, and The Cheesecake Factory|
|Total retail floor area||1,232,000 ft² (114,000 m²)|
|No. of floors||2 (department stores have 3)|
|Public transit access||NJ Transit bus: 810|
|Website||Menlo Park Mall|
Menlo Park Mall is a two-level upscale super regional shopping mall, located on U.S. Route 1 and Parsonage Road in Edison, New Jersey, United States. The mall has a gross leasable area of 1,232,000 ft² (114,000 m²). Menlo Park Mall is currently owned and managed by Simon Property Group.
Menlo Park Shopping Center opened in September 1959, as an open-air complex. It was named after Thomas Edison's laboratory in the Menlo Park area of Edison, the site of which is about two miles (3 km) from the shopping venue. The structure was fully enclosed between June 1966 and December 1967. After the remodeling, it was renamed Menlo Park Mall.
The original center was anchored by Bamberger's, Montgomery Ward (opened May 1960), a small, dry goods only, JCPenney, a two-level Woolworth, as well as two grocery stores: ShopRite (later a Pathmark), and Pantry Pride, later a Big Buy.
Originally a one level structure, the fully enclosed mall (post-1967) had a lack of skylights, with only shaded windows along the sides of the ceiling. The low lighting made the interior quite dark, as was customary with interiors of malls at the time. The mall had unique flooring with patterns of orange, black, yellow and white throughout the mall.
The Montgomery Ward space was taken over by Alexander's in 1972. J.C. Penney moved to Woodbridge Center in 1981. Bamberger's was rebranded by Macy's in October 1986. When Alexander's went out of business, the mall was able to secure the 2nd Nordstrom in the state of New Jersey, but changes had to be made to prepare for the opening.
Most of the mall was closed from 1990-1991, when it underwent a significant renovation and expansion that converted it from a single-story structure into its current two-story form. In expanding and fitting into the space, the new Menlo Park Mall was built on an angle with the vertex occurring at center court. The renovated Menlo Park Mall was also changed to have galleria style skylights, domed fountain courts, marble flooring, dramatic lighting, sculptures and a large, skylit food court. Two parking decks were also added, as was a 12 Screen Cineplex Odeon movie theatre, which replaced the smaller Menlo Park Cinema on Route 1 (which was later replaced by Romano's Macaroni Grill) and was later replaced by an AMC Dine-In theater in 2010. Macy's was the only store to remain open during the primary expansion.