Jersey Garden Mall: How it Happened
Jersey Garden Mall is a two level indoor outlet center located in Elizabeth, New Jersey. It opened on the 21st of October 1999, and is the biggest outlet mall in the state of New Jersey, it is also much nearer to New York City than its significant competitor, Woodbury Common.
This indoor outlet shopping center was built on a former landfill, that required remediation prior to the mall being developed. Plans for the 1,300,000-square-foot (121,000-square-mile) Jersey Garden Mall was announced in 1998 by a company called Glimcher Realty Trust, putting an emphasis on the location’s proximity to the New Jersey Turnpike along with its position in an Urban Enterprise Zone , thus making acquisitions eligible to receive a reduced 3½% gross sales tax rate, a powerful lure for New York City inhabitants forking out a sales tax rate of over 8%. However, keep in mind the sales tax on certain items, like food and drinks, still have an additional 3% Elizabeth City Franchise Fee.
Jersey Garden Mall Location & Access
The Jersey Garden Mall is situated near the Newark International Airport, just off the New Jersey Turnpike at Interchange 13A near the Elizabeth Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey and is a sparse 30 minutes trip from Midtown Manhattan . The outlet mall has a Gross leasable area of 1,292,611 ft², putting it in the top 10 on the list of largest shopping centers in New Jersey. The facility has 230 stores and restaurants. Bus service is available on the NJ Transit route 111 bus that runs between Jersey Gardens and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City.
A direct exit to the Jersey Garden mall was built, enabling drivers a direct way in from the New Jersey Turnpike without driving by way of local Elizabeth streets.
- 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan
- Five minutes from Newark Airport (shuttle available)
- Over 200 stores all under one roof
- Tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes
- Convenient store hours
- Deluxe food court and several themed-sit down restaurants
- Children’s play area