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Quaker Bridge Mall
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Entrance near Lord & Taylor
Location Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°17′26″N 74°40′54″W / 40.2906°N 74.6818°W / 40.2906; -74.6818Coordinates: 40°17′26″N 74°40′54″W / 40.2906°N 74.6818°W / 40.2906; -74.6818
Opening date 1975
Developer The Kravco Co.
Management Simon Property Group
Owner Simon Property Group (50%)
No. of stores and services 116
No. of anchor tenants 4 (2 open, 2 vacant by 2021)
Total retail floor area 1,079,542 sq ft (100,292.7 m2)
Parking Parking lot
No. of floors 2

Quaker Bridge Mall is a two-level super-regional mall located in the Clarksville section of Lawrence Township, New Jersey, on U.S. Route 1 near Interstate 295. The mall opened in 1975, and currently has 116 retail establishments. Managed by Simon Property Group (which owns 50% of it), the mall's anchor stores are JCPenney, Macy's, and Lord & Taylor with one vacant anchor last occupied by Sears. It is also the location of the transmitter for the New Jersey-based radio station WKXW, better known as New Jersey 101.5. The mall has a gross leasable area of 1,084,000 sq ft (100,700 m2), making it one of the largest shopping malls in New Jersey.

History

Quaker Bridge Mall opened in 1975 with four anchors: Bamberger's, Hahne's, JCPenney and Sears. The mall's existence helped to spur growth along the Route 1 corridor with the opening of additional shopping and strip centers, as well as the reconstruction of numerous intersections on Route 1 to accommodate the rising levels in traffic.

An AMC 4-screen cinema opened February 1977 at the back entrance, under Woolworth's. Department store changes took place in 1986 and 1990 when Bamberger's converted to Macy's and the closing of Hahne's allowed for the opening of Lord & Taylor. In 1988–89, the mall was heavily renovated. New flooring was added, new lighting was added, new seating areas added, the child's play area in the Sears wing was removed in favor of a planter and seating area, the majority of the fountains were removed, the mall was painted and the entrances facing Route 1 were redesigned. In the late 1990s, Woolworth's and the movie theater closed.

A proposed 600,000-square-foot (56,000 m2) expansion project in the 2000s would have added Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, along with as many as 100 new stores and restaurants. Nordstrom's two-level, 144,000-square-foot (13,400 m2) store would have been the fifth Nordstrom store in New Jersey. Neiman Marcus had planned to occupy about 90,000 square feet (8,400 m2) on two levels. The township approved the new JCPenney building and parking deck in 2008.

On October 25, 2010, the Quaker Bridge Mall received approval from Lawrence Township to build an expansion. In 2012, Simon began a large-scale renovation of the mall, replacing flooring, the escalator in the center court, and adding a glass elevator in front of Lord & Taylor and escalators in front of JCPenney. A new food court was built on the upper level.

On May 31, 2018, Sears announced that its store would be closing as part of a plan to close 72 stores nationwide. The store closed on September 2, 2018.

From March 2020 until mid May 2020 Quaker Bridge Mall was used as the main coronavirus drive up testing center for Mercer County (Currently now located in Trenton).

On August 27, 2020, it was announced that Lord & Taylor would be closing all stores, including the Quaker Bridge Mall location. The store will close in February 2021. This will leave JCPenney and Macy's as the only anchors left.

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