Woodbridge Center

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Woodbridge Center (Also called Woodbridge Mall or Woodbridge Center Mall)
Woodbridge Center entrance.jpg
An entrance to the Center; The four W towers face the four compass directions, with the ones most prominent in the picture being west and south.
LocationWoodbridge, New Jersey
Coordinates40°33′24″N 74°17′57″W / 40.556666°N 74.299213°W / 40.556666; -74.299213Coordinates: 40°33′24″N 74°17′57″W / 40.556666°N 74.299213°W / 40.556666; -74.299213
Address250 Woodbridge Center Dr
Opening date1971 (1971)[1]
ManagementBrookfield Properties Retail Group
OwnerBrookfield Properties Retail Group
No. of stores and services200[1]
No. of anchor tenants6[1]
Total retail floor area1,633,000 square feet (151,700 m2)[1]
No. of floors2[1]
ParkingParking lot with 8,651 spaces[1]
Public transit accessBus transport NJ Transit NJ Transit bus: 48, 810, 815
Websitewww.woodbridgecenter.com

Woodbridge Center (also called Woodbridge Mall or Woodbridge Center Mall) is a major two-level, upscale shopping mall located in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and U.S. Route 9. The land that Woodbridge Center now stands on used to be the location of the old clay pits in Woodbridge.[2] The mall is owned and managed by Brookfield Properties Retail Group. It features 200 retail establishments and six anchor stores: Boscov's, Dick's Sporting Goods, J. C. Penney, Lord & Taylor, Macy's and Sears.[3] The mall features a fountain, carousel, train ride, and children's play area. Although most malls have a food court, Woodbridge Center's eating establishments are spread throughout the mall with their own individual seating areas and restrooms. Before the coming of the food court, all malls had their eating establishments spread throughout the mall.[4]

The mall's location near Staten Island and the benefit of no sales tax on clothes in New Jersey makes this mall, along with nearby Menlo Park Mall in Edison, a popular choice for New York shoppers. The mall has gross leasable area (GLA) of 1,633,000 square feet (151,700 m2), making it the third largest of all shopping malls in New Jersey, behind Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, and Freehold Raceway Mall in Freehold Township. It is the 34th largest in the United States.

Mall history[edit]

The mall was developed by the Rouse Company and opened in 1971 with Abraham & Straus, Ohrbach's, and Stern's. In 1985, the mall was expanded with a new wing to include Hahne's. In 1986. J. C. Penney moved from the nearby Menlo Park Mall in Edison, New Jersey. By 1987, the mall got a fresh new look through renovation. The stairwell in the A&S wing next to center court was removed, new flooring was added, new lighting was added, the mall entrances were redone, and the fountains in front of A&S were either changed (the 2nd floor fountain) or removed (the first floor fountains). The Mall's current fountain is on the 1st floor outside of Sears and Red Robin. In 2003, the mall was expanded with a new 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) Galyan's, the chain's first location in New Jersey,[5] which become Dick's Sporting Goods in 2004.[6] Notable department stores that have closed include Hahne's (became Fortunoff now Boscov's), Ohrbach's (which became Steinbach and now is Lord & Taylor), Stern's (now Macy's), A&S (now Sears) and Fortunoff (now Boscov's).

In October 2007, the carousel ride was relocated near the J. C. Penney. The train ride was also reconfigured to ensure both rides stay together at the same location. A toddler's play area, "Tiny Town", is located near the carousel and train rides.

On November 14, 2017, Dave & Buster's opened on the upper level by Sears, their first location in New Jersey.[7]

Incidents[edit]

On March 8, 2012, police shot and killed a shoplifter in the Sears wing who had held a woman hostage.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Woodbridge Center Mall". Brookfield Properties Retail Group.
  2. ^ Moran, Mark; Sceurman, Mark (2003). Weird N.J. : Your travel guide to New Jersey's local legends and best kept secrets. New York, NY: Barnes & Noble. p. 72. ISBN 9780760739792. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  3. ^ Jones, Stacy. "Boscov's readies Woodbridge store for debut", The Star-Ledger, August 4, 2013. Accessed February 14, 2018. "A steady stream of empty cardboard boxes leaving Woodbridge Center and 50 empty tractor-trailers only begin to hint at the more than 350 people transforming what used to be a Fortunoff into the mall’s newest anchor.... The Woodbridge location will be the mall’s sixth anchor store, joining Dick’s Sporting Goods, J.C. Penney, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and Sears."
  4. ^ "Dining & Entertainment". Woodbridge Center Mall. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Indiana-Based Sports Retailer Joins Woodbridge, N.J., Mall.", Home News Tribune, August 28, 2002. Accessed February 14, 2018. "Indiana-based Galyan's Sports & Outdoor Adventure, an innovative specialty retailer offering a broad range of products for customers with active lifestyles, plans to build its first New Jersey store at Woodbridge Center. Galyan's, which has 26 stores in 14 states, will join the five existing anchors -- Macy's, Fortunoff, Lord & Taylor, Sears and JC Penney."
  6. ^ "Woodbridge, N.J., sporting goods store to become Dick's.", Home News Tribune, October 25, 2004. Accessed February 14, 2018. "Sporting-goods and specialty-apparel retailer Galyans Sports and Outdoor Adventure's first New Jersey store in the township is about to become Dick's Sporting Goods. At 10 a.m. on tomorrow the 100,000-square-foot store near Macy's in Woodbridge Center will hold its grand reopening."
  7. ^ "Dave And Buster's Opened Tuesday In Woodbridge". Woodbridge, NJ Patch. 2017-11-14. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  8. ^ "Shooting at Woodbridge Center mall: Alleged shoplifter shot, killed by police; customers run for cover". The Star-Ledger. March 8, 2012. Retrieved March 9, 2012.

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