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Rockaway Townsquare

Rockaway Townsquare
LocationRockaway Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Coordinates40°54′25″N 74°33′14″W / 40.907°N 74.554°W / 40.907; -74.554
Address301 Mount Hope Avenue
Opening dateSeptember 1977; 42 years ago (1977-09)
DeveloperCopaken, White & Blitt
ManagementSimon Property Group
OwnerSimon Property Group
No. of stores and services152
No. of anchor tenants5
Total retail floor area1,245,741 sq ft (115,733.1 m2)
No. of floors2
ParkingParking lot
Public transit accessBus transport NJ Transit NJ Transit bus: 880
Bus transport Lakeland Bus Lines: 46, 80

Rockaway Townsquare (commonly referred to as Rockaway Mall or Rockaway Townsquare Mall) is a two-level super regional shopping mall, located on Interstate 80 and Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway Township, New Jersey. Rockaway Townsquare is currently owned by the Simon Property Group. It features a gross leasable area of 1,245,741 sq ft (115,733.1 m2),[1] placing it in the top ten among the largest shopping malls in New Jersey. It is anchored by Macy's, J.C. Penney, Sears, Raymour & Flanigan, and Lord & Taylor.

Rockaway Townsquare attracts customers from Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties and is under an hour away from New York City.

Mall history

The mall first opened on Labor Day Weekend of 1977. It was built on top of a wetland, which was not protected in New Jersey until 1988 with the passage of the New Jersey Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act, and the former Dover city landfill. A time capsule was enclosed in the interior of the mall, marked with a plaque. The contents were unveiled on August 22, 2000.[2]

Upon opening, the mall contained five large sculptures by Rita Blitt.[3] Most were located on the first floor and reached up through openings to the second. A twenty-foot stainless steel and brass American flag hung from the ceiling.[4] The silhouette of one of these sculptures, the yellow Stablitt 55, became the mall's original logo. Although the other sculptures have been removed, Stablitt 55 still stands outside the mall, on the corner near the three-store strip at the entrance off the main road.

Major stores that have since closed include: Bamberger's which was in the location currently occupied by Macy's (it was converted along with the other Bamberger's stores to the Macy's nameplate in 1986), Hahne's which was in the location currently occupied by Lord & Taylor (converted to the L&T nameplate in 1988), Child World which was occupied by Kids "R" Us after Child World went out of business in 1992, though was occupied by Office Depot after the majority of standalone KRU locations closed in 2003. (Office Depot has since closed as well; this space has since been converted to DSW, relocated from the existing Marketplace at Rockaway location) AMC Theatres had screens 1-6 in the location currently occupied by Forever 21 (previously F.Y.E. and Record Town) located inside the mall, as well as screens 7-12 in the location currently occupied by Best Buy in one of the strip malls located on the perimeter road. The 1-6 screens closed in 1998 and the 7-12 screens in 2002. When the theaters originally expanded from 6 screens to 12 in February 1981, it became the first 12-screen multiplex in America.[5]

On August 25, 2009, a small plane crash-landed in the parking lot. The only injury was the pilot, who walked away and was treated.[6]

In 2016, Sears subleased part of the lower level to Raymour & Flanigan.[7]

On December 18, 2017, The Cheesecake Factory opened at Rockaway Townsquare located on the lower level of the mall.[8]

On December 3, 2018 Simon Property Group announced that it will renovate the food court and children's play area at Rockaway Townsquare. Construction will begin in January 2019 and be finished by Fall 2019.[9] On January 28 2019, it was announced that PF Chang's will open across from the Cheesecake Factory, On September 27 2019 PF Chang's announced that it cancelled plans to open a restaurant at Rockaway Townsquare.[10]


The mall has undergone several expansions since it opened. These include a strip mall in the southeast corner of the property, and a Hilton Garden Inn. The Shops at Rockaway Mall, a strip mall, opened in the corner near Interstate 80.[11]


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  6. ^ Schapiro, Rich (August 25, 2009). "Small plane crash-lands in New Jersey mall parking lot". Daily News. New York. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
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  8. ^ "Get a sneak peek at Cheesecake Factory before Tuesday's opening in Rockaway Townsquare". Daily Record. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  9. ^ "Rockaway Townsquare mall set to get a makeover, including a modern food court". North Jersey. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  10. ^ "P.F. Chang's Nixes Plans For First Morris Co. Location". Morris Township-Morris Plains, NJ Patch. 2019-09-26. Retrieved 2019-09-27.
  11. ^ "Daily Record". Daily Record.