Address: 301 Mt. Hope Ave, Rockaway, NJ, 07866
- 10:00 - 21:30 ( Mon - Sat ) 11:00 - 18:00 ( Sun )
The Rockaway Townsquare Mall (commonly called Rockaway Mall) is located at Interstate 80 and Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway Township, New Jersey. The mall is anchored by four department stores (JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Macy's and Sears) and more than 180 specialty stores such as Aeropostale, Abercrombie & Fitch, Toys "R" Us, Sharper Image, GAP, and a food court located near Sears. The mall is currently owned by the Simon Property Group and has a gross leasable area of 1,250,000 ft², placing it in the top ten among the largest shopping malls in New Jersey.History
The mall first opened on Labor Day Weekend of 1977. Notable stores that have since closed include: Hahne's which was in the location currently occupied by Lord & Taylor, Kids "R" Us which is now occupied by Office Depot, Kâ€¢B Toys. AMC Theaters had screens 1-6 in the location currently occupied by FYE inside the mall and screens 7-12 in the location currently occupied by Best Buy in the strip mall on the perimeter road (closed after the theater inside the mall). At the time when the theaters were open, it was the first multiplex in America.
The mall has undergone several expansions since it opened. These include a strip mall in the southeast corner of the property currently anchored by Best Buy , ACME, Rite Aid, and Office Depot. An elevator was added to center court in the 1990s. A Hilton Garden Inn was opened next to an office building that is currently occupied by BASF. A row of three stores (Michaels, Linens-N-Things, and Borders) was opened next to that. The west end of the property, called Rockaway Plaza, is now occupied by Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, Pier 1 Imports, PetSmart and a new 16 screen AMC Theatres (not connected to the original 12 screens), which will have one of its screens converted for digital IMAX projection by July 2008. The Shops at Rockaway Mall, a strip mall developed by Transmark Company, also opened in the corner near Route 80 and features citi, Dunkin' Donuts (it should noted that one used to exist in the mall next to the food court), Fatburger, Cold Stone Creamery, Quizno's, La Salsa and Supercuts along with a separate Olive Garden. Future plans include an Old Navy, but none has been built since the 2005 proposal. Recently, a Maui Wowi opened where the former Haagen Daz was located in the food court. Around the mall, the HDTVs located throughout the lobby of the mall now show updated news stories and events at the mall.
As of late 2007, the mall has began renovations to both its interior and exterior. The renovations include redesigned exterior entrances, updated flooring, and a remodeled food court. The restoration should be complete by summer 2008.Anchors
JCPenney (181,000 sq. ft.)
Lord & Taylor (150,000 sq. ft.)
Macy's (260,000 sq. ft.)
Sears (191,000 sq. ft.)