Garden State Plaza

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Address: One Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ, 07652

Stores: 152
Hours:
10:00 - 21:30 ( Mon - Sat )  closed ( Sun )  
Phone: 201-843-2121
About

Westfield Garden State Plaza is a large upscale shopping mall in Paramus, New Jersey, United States, owned and managed by the Westfield Group. Broadly, it is located at the intersection of Route 4 and Route 17 near the Garden State Parkway in Bergen County, New Jersey. With 1,987,000 ft² (184,592m²) of lettable space, it is the largest mall in New Jersey and, behind the Roosevelt Field Mall at 2,189,941 square feet (203,000 m²) gross, the second-largest mall in the New York City metropolitan area, neck-and-neck with Palisades Center in West Nyack, New York. Its department store anchors are J.C. Penney, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, and it is across Route 4 from an IKEA, Sports Authority, Bed, Bath and Beyond, and a Christmas Tree Shops.

Westfield Garden State Plaza ranks among the largest shopping malls in the United States, having been ranked 18th largest in the United States by the American Studies department at Eastern Connecticut State University Shopping Mall Studies. The Westfield Garden State Plaza is the largest mall in the Westfield Groups' global portfolio in terms of letable area. This is significant given that Westfield is the largest retail property group globally.

The mall had sales of $578 per square foot in 2005, about 50% above the national average, according to the Directory of Major Malls. Garden State Plaza is one of the most profitable malls in the country.

History

Celebratory sign seen in the Mall in 2007.

Garden State Plaza was built in 1957 by the Muscarelle Construction Company for owner/developer R.H. Macy & Co. as an open-air shopping "plaza". Its groundbreaking design differed from today's "Big Box" shopping areas in that, rather than having its tenants strung around the periphery of one large parking lot, the stores, except for those more suited for out-parcels (e.g. automotive repair and retail), were clustered on a shopping island, encircled by a mote of parking lots, much like today. Connecting the stores were open-air sidewalks, complete with benches, plantered trees and other vegetation. This model approximated a "downtown" pedestrian mall, at the same time serving as a precursor of the latter-day enclosed and air-conditioned shopping malls. Eventually it would siphon most of the retail business from nearby downtown Paterson, whose Meyer Brothers and Quackenbush department stores (later Stern's-Quackenbush) would fall upon hard times and melt into history.

Garden State Plaza drew much business from nearby New York towns and cities, whose shoppers wandered across state lines to take advantage of New Jersey's lower sales taxes and its policy that exempted clothing purchases from sales tax.

The original anchor was Bamberger's (owned by R.H. Macy since 1929). Gimbel's and J.C. Penney were added shortly thereafter in a second development phase. The mall was subsequently enclosed between 1981 and 1984 in response to competitive pressure from newer fully enclosed malls such as the Willowbrook Mall in nearby Wayne.

Nordstrom opened its first New Jersey location in May 1990, building a $37 million, 272,000 sq ft., three-level store on the former Gimbel's site.

In 1996, Garden State Plaza marked the completion of a $200 million expansion and major remodeling project that added over 700,000 sq ft (65,000 m²). of retail space and two 4 level parking structures with a bank of 2 elevators situated in a small lobby on the 3rd and 4th floors. On the 1st and 2nd floors, the elevators and parking structures connect directly to the mall. JCPenney grew by 62,000 sq ft (5,800 m²). to 150,000 sq ft., and two new anchors were added, a 150,000 sq ft (14,000 m²). Neiman Marcus on 3 levels and a 135,000 sq ft (12,500 m²). Lord & Taylor on 2 levels, both targeted at the upscale fashion-conscious shopper.

Anchors

Macy's (Opened 1957 as Bamberger's; converted to Macy's 1986; one of the largest locations in the chain) (435,000 sq ft. on 3 levels)

Nordstrom (Opened 1960 as Gimbels; converted to Hahne's 1987, closed & demolished 1988, reopened as Nordstrom 5/1990) (246,000 sq ft. on 3 levels)

JCPenney (Opened 1960; expanded 1996) (176,700 sq ft. on 3 levels)

Neiman Marcus (141,000 sq ft. on 3 levels) - Opened 1996

Lord & Taylor (130,000 sq ft. on 2 levels) - Opened 1996

Borders (35,000sq. ft.) - Opened May 25, 2007

AMC Theatres (150,000sq. ft.) - Opened May 25, 2007

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