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Quaker Bridge Mall

Quaker Bridge Mall
QuakerBridgeMallCourtyard.jpg
Entrance near Lord & Taylor
LocationLawrence Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Coordinates40°17′26″N 74°40′54″W / 40.2906°N 74.6818°W / 40.2906; -74.6818
Opening date1975
DeveloperThe Kravco Co.[1]
ManagementSimon Property Group
OwnerSimon Property Group (50%)
No. of stores and services116
No. of anchor tenants4 (3 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area1,079,542 sq ft (100,292.7 m2)[2]
No. of floors2
ParkingParking lot
Public transit accessBus transport NJ Transit NJ Transit bus: 600, 603, 605, 609, 613
Websitequakerbridgemall.com

Quaker Bridge Mall is a two-level super-regional mall located in the Clarksville section of Lawrence Township, New Jersey, on U.S. Route 1 near Interstate 295. The mall opened in 1975, and currently has 116 retail establishments. Managed by Simon Property Group (which owns 50% of it), the mall's anchors include JCPenney, Macy's, and Lord & Taylor. It is also the location of the transmitter for the New Jersey-based radio station WKXW, better known as New Jersey 101.5. The mall has a gross leasable area of 1,084,000 sq ft (100,700 m2),[2] making it one of the largest shopping malls in New Jersey.

History

Quaker Bridge Mall opened in 1975 with four anchors: Bamberger's, Hahne's, JCPenney and Sears. The mall's existence helped to spur growth along the Route 1 corridor with the opening of additional shopping and strip centers, as well as the reconstruction of numerous intersections on Route 1 to accommodate the rising levels in traffic.

An AMC 4-screen cinema opened February 1977 at the back entrance, under Woolworth's. Department store changes took place in 1986 and 1990 when Bamberger's converted to Macy's and the closing of Hahne's allowed for the opening of Lord & Taylor. In 1988–89, the mall was heavily renovated. New flooring was added, new lighting was added, new seating areas added, the child's play area in the Sears wing was removed in favor of a planter and seating area, the majority of the fountains were removed, the mall was painted and the entrances facing Route 1 were redesigned. In the late 1990s, Woolworth's and the movie theater closed.

A proposed 600,000-square-foot (56,000 m2) expansion project in the 2000s would have added Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, along with as many as 100 new stores and restaurants.[3] Nordstrom's two-level, 144,000-square-foot (13,400 m2) store would have been the fifth Nordstrom store in New Jersey.[4] Neiman Marcus had planned to occupy about 90,000 square feet (8,400 m2) on two levels.[5] The township approved the new JCPenney building and parking deck in 2008.

On October 25, 2010, the Quaker Bridge Mall received approval from Lawrence Township to build an expansion.[6] In 2012, Simon began a large-scale renovation of the mall, replacing flooring, the escalator in the center court, and adding a glass elevator in front of Lord & Taylor and escalators in front of JCPenney. A new food court was built on the upper level.

On May 31, 2018, Sears announced that its store would be closing as part of a plan to close 72 stores nationwide. The store closed on September 2, 2018.[7]

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References

  1. ^ Demick, Barbara (May 18, 1989). "Kravco And 6 Of Its Malls Sold To A Canadian Developer". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Quaker Bridge Mall Fact Sheet" (PDF). Simon Property Group. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  3. ^ Quaker Bridge Mall may grow: Lawrence Planning Board hears effects of proposed redevelopment, The Times (Trenton), June 22, 2006.
  4. ^ "Nordstrom to Open at Quaker Bridge Mall". Press Releases. Seattle, Washington: Nordstrom. 29 May 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2009. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), June 20, 2008
  6. ^ Galler, Joan (October 26, 2010). "Lawrence OKs Quaker Bridge Mall expansion". The Trentonian. Trenton, NJ. Retrieved 2010-12-01.
  7. ^ [patch.com]

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