WOODBRIDGE, NJ — When the Woodbridge Center Mall reopens this Monday, June 29, expect to walk past some dark and shuttered retail slots inside.
That's because not all stores at the mall will be reopening, according to mall manager Amy Bellisano.
She could not provide names and could not specifically say whether the four-month coronavirus business shutdown was to blame. However:
"There are a handful of stores that will not be reopening due to lease expirations and it will take one to two weeks for all of the mall shops to reopen (based on their staffing, training, safety protocols and merchandising)," she said. "Over the next few weeks we’ll be able to better assess the situation."
Woodbridge Center Mall will reopen Monday, June 29, the first date malls can legally reopen in the state of New Jersey. Woodbridge Center will operate under reduced hours (11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from noon to 6:00 p.m. Sunday) and of course, masks must be worn by customers and merchants alike.
In more positive news, there are several new businesses opening up at Woodbridge Center this summer. Women's clothing store Versona will be opening Monday, and shortly after that expect to see three new businesses at the mall: Slime Land, U and U Home Furnishings and Adebola African restaurant.
Right now, department stores are already in operation at the mall (Macy's, Boscov's, Dick's Sporting Goods and JCPenney). There is full outside dining offered by Bahama Breeze and Applebee's; restaurants within the interior of the mall are restricted to takeout and delivery only.
What will remain closed at Woodbridge Center:
- All areas with communal seating will be removed or cordoned off
- Vending machines
- Stroller rentals
- Any type of communal play area.
Outside of the mall, in the town of Woodbridge, it has not been reported of any business (restaurants or retail) that permanently closed due to COVID.
The Woodbridge Chamber of Commerce said they are not aware of any of their member businesses that had to close.