Vintage photos: New Jersey’s early shops and malls

The Cherry Hill Shoping Center is reportedly the first indoor, climate-controlled mall east of the Mississippi River. It is now the Cherry Hill Mall. Undated photo. Greg Hatala | The Star-Ledger

The Cherry Hill Shoping Center is reportedly the first indoor, climate-controlled mall east of the Mississippi River. It is now the Cherry Hill Mall. Undated photo.

The Garden State is known for all of its amazing shopping malls, but before Jersey girls were spending hours at Bloomingdale’s and hitting sporting goods shops for athleisure trends, the shopping scene looked very different than it does today. Check out these amazing vintage photos of New Jersey’s early department stores and shopping centers!