The Shops at Riverside

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The Shops at Riverside
Location Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
Opening date March 10, 1977
Management Simon Property Group
Owner Simon Property Group
No. of stores and services 70
No. of anchor tenants 1 (1 Vacant)
Total retail floor area 674,416 sq ft (62,655.3 m2)
No. of floors 3
Public transit access Bus transport New Jersey Transit bus: 756, 762
Railway Train Access to New Jersey Transit's New Bridge Landing station (Pascack Valley Line).

The Shops at Riverside is a two-level enclosed shopping mall, located in Hackensack, New Jersey, United States, off Route 4, along the Hackensack River. The mall has a Gross leasable area (GLA) of 674,416 sq ft (62,655.3 m2).[1] The "lavishly appointed" mall opened on March 10, 1977 with 620,000 sq ft (58,000 m2) of retail space, which included a 237,000 sq ft (22,000 m2) Bloomingdale's (expanded from an original freestanding site opened in 1959) and a 107,000 sq ft (9,900 m2) Saks Fifth Avenue.[2] Until 2005, the shopping center was known as Riverside Square.[3]

The mall[edit]

The Shops at Riverside is a very high-end mall which caters to the affluent suburban areas surrounding Hackensack in Bergen, Essex, and Passaic Counties in New Jersey as well as Rockland County in New York State. In addition, a number of shoppers from New York City, particularly Manhattan, are drawn to the mall for its upscale offerings minus the New York sales tax on clothing.

The mall only has about 70 stores. Most of these are luxury designer brands, including Burberry, Coach, Inc., Tiffany & Co., and Louis Vuitton.

The Shops at Riverside is popular for its restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory, Morton's Steakhouse, Houston's, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Rosa Mexicano, and Maggiano's Little Italy. The restaurants are open seven days a week.

While the Shops at Riverside does not offer a mall walking program, it does Partner With Stroller Strides of Northern NJ (Bergen) [1] to offer a Stroller Strides program on Monday, Wednesday and Friday Mornings.

Due to highly restrictive Bergen County blue laws, all of the retail stores are closed on Sundays except for Barnes & Noble and the restaurants.


Originally a freestanding Bloomingdale's built in 1959, an enclosed mall was opened in 1977, and the shopping center became known as Riverside Square Mall. The original mall had a Southern California feel, with terra cotta tile, red brick, and skylights. Early tenants included the country's second Conran's (after a location which opened the same year in Manhattan's new Citicorp Building), Martins,[2] and a Houlihan's restaurant. In 1995, after years of declining traffic and lost tenants and amidst a major renovation and expansion of nearby Westfield Garden State Plaza, The Shops at Riverside was completely renovated with new marble floors, glass railings, and comfortable seating.

In December 2014, Saks closed its Shops at Riverside location.[4] Plans for re-purposing the space as a cinema and dining-entertainment complex were announced in May 2015.[5]

Redevelopment and expansion[edit]

From 2005 through 2008, The Shops at Riverside added 248,000 square feet (23,000 m2) of retail and dining space, including thirty new stores and three restaurants. Much of the space that was added is in a portion of the mall reclaimed from Bloomingdale's. The original Bloomingdale's Home Store bisected the mall, and was moved to the north end of the existing Bloomingdale's, while the 1977 expansion of Bloomingdale's was renovated in 2005 in preparation for the expansion in 2006. The expansion added three restaurants including P. F. Chang's China Bistro, Maggiano's Little Italy, and Rosa Mexicano.[6] It also added a new concourse that linked the north corridor surrounding Tiffany & Co. to the south corridor which is in part of the former Bloomingdale's Home Store (opened 1959), where The Cheesecake Factory is located.

Public transportation[edit]

New Jersey Transit bus lines that serve The Shops at Riverside are 756 and 762

The New Jersey Transit New Bridge Landing train station in River Edge is approximately 5 minutes from the mall.


  1. ^ The Shops at Riverside Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., International Council of Shopping Centers. Accessed November 30, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Hackensack Gets New Shopping Mall", The New York Times, March 6, 1977. p. 431
  3. ^ Verdon, Joan. "A trip to Future Mall", The Record (Bergen County), February 8, 2005. Accessed November 30, 2007. "The former Riverside Square mall in Hackensack has a new name, The Shops at Riverside, and is hoping in 2005 to reclaim its title as the state's top upscale mall."
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  6. ^ Major Expansion and Redevelopment at The Shops at Riverside!, accessed December 2, 2006.

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Coordinates: 40°54′33″N 74°02′00″W / 40.909043°N 74.03334°W / 40.909043; -74.03334