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The Mall at Short Hills

The Mall at Short Hills
Location1200 Morris Turnpike Short Hills, NJ 07078
Opening date1961; 58 years ago (1961)
DeveloperPrudential Insurance Company of America; The Taubman Company
OwnerThe Taubman Company
No. of stores and services160+
No. of anchor tenants6 (4 open) [www.shopshorthills.com]
Total retail floor area1,374,000 square feet
No. of floors2 (3 in Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Forever 21, and former Saks Fifth Avenue, 4 in Bloomingdale's, and Macy's) 1 in Indigo Books and Music [www.shopshorthills.com]
Parkingsurface parking lots & multi-level parking garage
Public transit accessBus transport NJ Transit NJ Transit bus: 70, 873
Websiteshopshorthills.com

The Mall at Short Hills (commonly referred to as Short Hills Mall) is a shopping center located in the Short Hills area of Millburn, New Jersey, United States. The shopping center is located 10 miles (16 km) west of Newark Airport and 23 miles (37 km) west of Manhattan. The mall includes 150 specialty stores and restaurants including Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Hermès, and Louis Vuitton, and is anchored by Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. Over 40 boutiques have their only New Jersey location at the mall.

History

Picture of mall taken near Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom

Throughout the first half of the century, the suburban community grew quickly, and local residents desired quality shopping within their local setting. Their vision began to take shape in 1949 when the Prudential Insurance Company of America acquired a large tract of land where The Mall at Short Hills and part of the Canoe Brook Country Club now sit. Seven years later, B. Altman & Company opened a 130,000-square-foot store on the land and eventually added an additional 50,000 square feet to meet market demands. Local residents continued their demand for expanded retailing and in the early '60s, a small center opened. The open-air center included Bonwit Teller along with retailers such as FAO Schwarz, Pottery Barn and Brentano's. The momentum continued as America's largest Bloomingdale's premiered on the site in 1967. The 243,000-square-foot store included an entire floor devoted to furniture and decorative accessories. In addition, smaller "boutiques" were created in the store such as, Young World, Delicacies Shop, Au Gourmet, a men's store, and a Stouffer's restaurant.

In 1974, Prudential Insurance Company of America began working with The Taubman Company, The Mall at Short Hills' current owner. By 1980, the two had completed a two-year, $100 million project to enclose the mall, which at that time included 1,160,000 of gross leasable space and three anchor stores. New retailers included Godiva Chocolatier, Black Star and Frost, The Limited and Gap. The following year, 1981, Abraham & Straus joined the center.

The first phase of a major expansion began in 1993, and was completed in November 1994 adding a 100,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue. Bloomingdale's was renovated, and Abraham & Straus became Macy's. The next expansion phase was completed in August 1995 adding two anchors—a 129,000 square-foot Neiman Marcus and a 172,000 square-foot Nordstrom—and many new specialty stores including Tiffany & Co., Crate & Barrel, DKNY and others.

Saks Fifth Avenue closed in September 2016.[1] A portion of the store was converted to the first Indigo Books and Music store in the United States, which opened in October 2018.[2] The third and second floors will be converted into Industrious.[3]

Incidents

On October 8, 2001, four people were injured as a result of an elevator malfunction inside Bloomingdale's. The passengers aboard one of the elevators were bound for the top floor. Once they arrived, the doors didn't open which trapped the passengers. Then one of the passengers pressed the "door open" button which didn't work. The elevator then began to violently shake and abruptly stop in between floors as it was descending to the basement. The trapped passengers tried calling for help by using the onboard telephone (which apparently was not working) and ringing the elevator alarm. After about two hours, Bloomingdale's personnel cut power to the elevator enabling them to open the elevator doors, freeing the trapped passengers.[4]

On December 15, 2013, an attorney named Dustin Friedland was shot and killed after heading back to his car on the second floor of the parking deck after shopping.[5] In 2018 The people responsible for this killing were sentenced 30 years in a New Jersey State Prison.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Saks Short Hills CLOSING: Shop the Liquidation Sale! - New Jersey Monthly". New Jersey Monthly. 2016-07-19. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  2. ^ "First Look: Canada's Indigo Books and Music makes U.S debut |Chain Store Age". Chain Store Age. 2018-10-08. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  3. ^ "Industrious opening its first NJ co-working space inside the Mall at Short Hills". North Jersey. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  4. ^ [law.justia.com]
  5. ^ "Short Hills Mall shooting victim Dustin Friedland enjoyed running; trained with Hoboken club". NJ.com. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  6. ^ "Shooter in Short Hills fatal carjacking gets 30 years; accomplices get 20 years". North Jersey. Retrieved 2018-11-05.

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