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!
Greg Hatala | The Star-Ledger J.W. Thompson’s Fancy Goods and H.G. Emmell’s Stationery in the late 1900s. Courtesy of the Morristown and Morris Township Public Library
Greg Hatala | The Star-Ledger The Black Horse Pike Shopping Center was an open-air mall which included JC Penny, E.J. Korvette’s and Woolworth’s on Route 168 and W. Nicholson Road in Audobon. Undated photo.
Greg Hatala | The Star-Ledger Diane Sheridan and Mike Genevese riding an elephant at a promotional event at the Two Guys department store in East Brunswick on September 18, 1971. Star-Ledger archive photo.
Greg Hatala | The Star-Ledger One of the nation’s 527 John’s Bargain Stores in downtown Dover in the mid-1960’s. Courtesy of the Dover Area Historical Society.
Greg Hatala | The Star-Ledger 365 Smith Street in Perth Amboy is now Sipos Bakery, but in this undated photo, it was a Robert Hall Clothes. Courtesy of Noreen Stephenson.+3