Woodbridge Center is an indoor shopping mall located in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The mall is run by the GGP Group or General Growth Properties Group. It is a publicly traded company out of Chicago Illinois. They are most well known for their shopping centers in the northeast United States. The location of the mall places it in the center of access to New Jersey. Many of the major highways lead to or past the mall. Woodbridge Center is one of the largest malls in the state, with five anchor stores and more than 180 merchants. They provide stores, events, and over 20 eateries with children's play center.
Mall services are handy with ATM's, family restrooms, lost and found, mall gift cards, nursing lounge, safety escorts, taxi services, and much more. Public transportation of New Jersey will bring visitors to the mall. Woodbridge Center Mall opened in 1971. It was first developed by Rouse Company with Abraham and Straus, Ohrback's and Stern's. By 1978 the mall was expanded to include J.C. Penney and Hahne's. In 1987 the mall underwent renovation to modernize it. Eventually the mall changed hands to GGP. Galyan's was added, which later became Dick's Sporting Goods. Today JC Penney, Lord and Taylor, Macy's, Sears, and Dick's are the anchor stores. In 2010 two new restaurants will be opened. These restaurants are Bahama Breeze and Olive Garden. McDonald's was near the mall, but it recently closed.
A&S, Fortunoff, Steinbach, and Stern's were the former anchors of the mall, which have all been bought out. New places that opened just recently in the mall include Swarvski, Brighton Collectables, Sephora, and P.S. by Aeropostale. The Walking Company will also be opening at Woodbridge Center Mall in 2010.
Among the shops at Woodbridge include Billito, Brighton Collectibles, Claire's, Coach, Icing, Lids, Native Spirit, Precision Time, SGh, and Sunglass Hut. Also at the mall are Bath and Body Works, Crabtree, Essentials, Expo Nails, Jon Parker, Kidz Kuts, Only 99 Cent store, Perfumania, Professional Hair Design, Things of Beauty, Trade Secret, and Woodbridge Nail and Spa.
For apparel needs Woodbridge offers BabyGap, Brite Beginnings, Crazy 8, Disney Store, Gap Kids, Gap, Gymboree, H&M, Justice, The Children's Place, and Against All Odds. Also for clothing there is American Eagle Outfitters, Andiamo, Bronte Menswear, Designer Suits for Men, Hot Topic, JAMM, Leather and Shoes, Life Uniform, and 2 Cute. Women's apparel includes Allure, Ann Taylor, Ashley Stewart, Hot Topic, Joyce Leslie, Kohesion, Lane Bryant, and Leather and Shoes.
Eateries at Woodbridge Center are Applebees, Auntie Anne's, Burger King, Charlie Brown's Steakhouse, Chick-Fil-A, Cinnabon, Maui Wowi, Nathan's, Nestle Toll House Cafe, Popeyes, Roman Delight Pizza, and Salad Bistro. The Coffee Beanery, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Friendly's, Haagen Dazs, Johnny Rockets, Sbarro, Starbucks, Subway, Wendy's, and Wok Wok are also at the mall.
Woodbridge Center provides Cards, Gifts, Housewares, Jewelry, Music, Entertainment, and Books. There are a number of programs and events held each year to increase the value of the mall to residents.