New Jersey is home to a lot of very large shopping malls, this is evident by the fact Monmouth Mall carries 150 different stores throughout the establishment, yet is only the fourth largest in the state. The mall is partially owned and managed by both Vornado Realty Trust and Kushner Companies, and it is located near the Garden State Parkway off of Exit 105/NJ 18.
The History of Monmouth Mall
Monmouth Mall opened on March 1st in the year of 1960, and at the time the building was only 500,000 square feet, which is still very large but small in comparison to the 1,500,000 square feet of the same building today. It didn’t take long for the mall to have its capacity increased, just 15 years later in 1975 Monmouth was expanded to the size it currently is today.
After the expansion, the old 500,000 square feet remained a single-level shopping area, whereas the new million square feet was a two-level area. Anchors of Monmouth during the mall’s earlier years included Bamberger’s, Montgomery Ward (later becoming Alexander’s), Abraham & Straus, Hahne’s, and JCPenney.
Monmouth Mall Renovations
In the year of 1987, just 12 years after the mall’s huge addition that tripled the size of the building, Monmouth received its first renovation. The renovation included brand new lighting and flooring throughout the building, as well as new chrome handrails on the second level. There were other minor adjustments, such as replacement of in-floor planters with movable planters and raised seating in the areas near the anchors.
Nine years later there were more modifications to the mall, a brand new Jersey Shore themed food court. Monmouth is located only a few minutes from Jersey Shore, which obviously was a major factor in the decision to base the food court off of the famous NJ location. In addition to the food court, Monmouth Mall also received it’s very own 15 screen Loews Theatre inside of the building. There was a Caldor store that had recently closed down, so the owners saw this as a prime opportunity to move in a theatre, which was very popular at the time.
Anchors of Monmouth Mall
Throughout the years Monmouth has housed many different anchor locations that have come and gone. Every mall that has been open for more than just a few years has gone through this process, and it is a regular thing to see. JCPenny however, has always been an anchor location that extends its stay as long as possible in almost every location.
The JCPenny in Monmouth Mall has been open since 1976 and is still open today, almost 40 years later. Since then, shoppers at Monmouth have seen many replacements including Caldor taking over Alexander’s slot in 1986, only to be replaced itself by the movie theatre in 1996. In 1989 Lord and Taylor replaced Hahne’s, and three years later Stern’s replaced Abraham & Straus.
Today, Monmouth’s anchors are Best Buy, Olie’s Bargain Outlet, Macy’s, and Walmart.