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Woodbridge Center, NJ

Woodbridge Center is a shopping mall located in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. It has been open since 1966 and houses over 170 shops and restaurants. The three-level center includes an AMC movie theater with 18 screens. It’s located at the heart of the largest retail and population growth area in Central New Jersey. The three-level shopping center includes a Lechmere, Marshalls, Old Navy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kids Unlimited, and Hobby Lobby. Anchor tenants Macy’s and Sears attract over 7 million shoppers annually to Woodbridge Center.

Woodbridge Center is home to an AMC Theatres with 18 screens and has approximately 1 million square feet of retail space.

Its convenient location is near Routes 1 and 9, providing easy access to major highways (including the New Jersey Turnpike), Newark International Airport, JFK International Airport and Port Newark.

Main Features of the Woodbridge Center:

– 170 shops and restaurants including:

  • AMC Theatres (18 screens)
  • Macy’s (215,000 sqft.)
  • Sears (248,000 sqft.)
  • Old Navy (21,500 sqft.)
  • Marshalls (39,100 sqft.)
  • Bath & Body Works/The White Barn Candle Company (26,000 sqft.)
  • Lechmere (80,000 sqft.)
  • Kids Unlimited (1,500 sqft.)
  • Hobby Lobby (11,400 sqft.)
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond (44,000 sqft.)
  • Le Grande Fromage (2,400 sqft.)
  • Bodum (3,200 sqft.)
  • H&M (13,000 sqft.)
  • Tommy Bahama Outlet Stores Inc. (6,500 sqft.)
  • And many more!

History of the Woodbridge Center

The Woodbridge Center was the first enclosed shopping mall to be constructed in New Jersey. It was originally an open-air center called the Woodbridge Outdoor Mall. It consisted of 60 stores and restaurants (including Pathmark, Ann Taylor Loft, Gap Kids, Radio Shack, Waldenbooks) that were directly accessible from outside. Although this design was popular at the time, it proved to be inefficient in inclement weather.  In response to this, the mall was enclosed in 1987.

In 1965, the developers of Woodbridge Mall approached several major department stores about opening a location within the new shopping center. Macy’s and Sears agreed to open locations at Woodbridge Mall. In 1966, they both opened their doors as anchors for the mall. Lechmere also joined the mall in 1966 as an additional anchor store.

The mall was purchased by Simon Property Group, then called Melvin Simon & Associates. Simon redeveloped the entire shopping center during this time, changing the enclosed outdoor mall into a fully enclosed shopping center with modern architecture and conveniences. They also separated the AMC theater from the mall to make room for more stores and restaurants.

In 1993, Simon began another redevelopment project to add more retail space and parking at Woodbridge Mall. They did this by demolishing the original exterior mall wall and the food court (which contained Chick-Fil-A). The theaters were also refurbished during this time. At that point, Woodbridge Center was about 1.3 million square feet. Simon Property Group owned and managed Woodbridge Mall until 2003, when it was acquired by The Westfield Group. Under new management, the mall was once again completely redeveloped and repackaged as an outdoor shopping center (despite being enclosed).

Today, the mall is frequented by over 7 million shoppers per year.



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