Exterior view of Phillipsburg Mall, May 2018
|Location||Lopatcong Township / Pohatcong Township, New Jersey, United States|
|Owner||Mason Asset Management|
|No. of stores and services||26|
|No. of anchor tenants||2 (2 vacant)|
|Total retail floor area||578,925 square feet (53,783.9 m2)|
|No. of floors||1|
|Public transit access|| NJ Transit bus: 890, 891|
The Phillipsburg Mall is an indoor shopping mall located along U.S. Route 22. Despite its name, the mall is actually located on the border of Lopatcong Township and Pohatcong Township in Warren County, New Jersey, United States, just east of Phillipsburg. It is located on the eastern edge of the Lehigh Valley, the metropolitan area of Allentown, Pennsylvania. The mall features Kohl's and Black Rose Antiques & Collectibles as its anchor stores. As most of its anchor and inline stores have closed, the mall is considered to be a dead mall.
Crown American first announced Phillipsburg Mall in 1985. The original anchor stores chosen were Bradlees, Sears, and Hess's, then a subsidiary of Crown American. As Bradlees was undergoing store closings at the time, Crown American instead chose to make that anchor space a Kmart. The Mall was originally slated for a 1987 opening, but was delayed due to highway and sewage system issues. Upon opening on September 24, 1989, the mall had Kmart, Hess's (the first location in New Jersey), and Sears. JCPenney would later open in Spring of 1990. The Hess's store was sold to The Bon-Ton in 1994. Kmart closed its store at Phillipsburg Mall in 2002 as part of bankruptcy proceedings; one year later, the space was sold to Kohl's.
PREIT, who acquired the Crown American portfolio in 2003, sold the mall to Mason Asset Management for $11.5 million in 2013. On January 15, 2014, it was announced that the JCPenney store would be closing as part of a plan to close 33 locations nationwide. In addition to this anchor, many stores left the mall in 2013 and 2014.
As those stores were closing, other new shops began to open. An Antique shop called Black Rose Antiques & Collectibles began to occupy the former JCPenney space. The store opened on January 1, 2017. Meanwhile, a record store called Spin Me Round Records opened near the former JCPenney space, and also around this time, a Gold's Gym opened in the space once occupied by Hot Topic and several restaurants.
On November 2, 2017, Sears Holdings announced that Sears would also be closing as part of a plan to close 63 Sears & Kmart stores nationwide. The store, the only Sears or Kmart in New Jersey to be closing as a part of this plan, as well as the adjacent Auto center, closed on January 28, 2018.
In mid-November, 2017, The Bon-Ton, struggling with around $1.1 billion in debt, announced a plan to close over 40 stores in 2018, including its Phillipsburg Mall location, and on January 31, 2018 confirmed that closing sales would begin February 1 and run for 10–12 weeks until the store is closed in April. The store closed on April 29, 2018. As of December 2018, the Phillipsburg Mall had only 26 tenants left, with more to leave in the future. This was the result of many closures throughout recent years.
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