Hamilton Mall
For the former shopping district named "Hamilton Mall" in Allentown, Pennsylvania, see here The Hamilton Mall is a major shopping destination in Mays Landing, in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. Opened in 1987, the two-story enclosed mall is anchored by J.C. Penney, Macy's and Sears (Sears and JC Penney were at the Shore Mall before and the stores became Boscov's and Clover in 1988. Boscov's is still there, Clover closed in 1997 and is now a Burlington Coat Factory.) The mall is adjacent to the Black Horse Pike ( U.S. Route 322) and U.S. Route 40, and is close to the Atlantic City Expressway and Atlantic City, making it a high tourist destination for vacationers there. The mall has a gross leasable area of 1,028,500 sq ft (95,550 m 2). The mall's food court on level 2 has many dining choices, featuring Subway (opened in 2008, formerly Arby's), and others. Sit-down restaurants on level 1 are Ruby Tuesday, opened in 1987 and Johnny Rockets, which opened in 2008. An Olive Garden and Red Lobster are located on pad sites on the outskirts of the parking lot. Financial services include an Executive Cash Service Center and various Bank of America ATMs. The mall has over 140 stores. It is the largest mall in the Atlantic County region.

History
Construction on the $100 million Hamilton Mall began in November 1985 by Kravco (now owned by Simon) and JCP Realty Inc., the development arm of JCPenney, just south of the Atlantic City Racetrack. The mall, which was built on a 104-acre (0.42 km 2) tract that were former entrance roads and overflow parking for the race course, eventually opened in September 1987. The mall contained room for four department stores, one of which was never built. The Macy's was originally supposed to be a Bambergers, until Macys acquired the company in 1986. JCPenney and Sears moved from the nearby Shore Mall. In August 1989, a small strip mall anchored by Marshalls, dubbed the "Convneience Center", opened behind the main mall area as an outparcel. In 1991, Red Lobster opened on the outskirts of the parking lot, with Olive Garden also opening on a pad site in the parking lot in 1995. The Convenience center is currently void of any retail stores, and its lone tenant is a gymnastics academy. The former Marshalls is currently located at the nearby Hamilton Commons shopping center. In the early 2000s, construction began on the Wrangleboro Consumer Square, a large power center sprawling from the Atlantic City Expressway to the Black Horse Pike, with some smaller pad sites located on the mall's entrance road. This, together with the development of several other new shopping centers in the area, prompted the mall to undergo an $8 million renovation. The renovation included the removal of several fountains, trees and planters, and a carousel located near the mall's main entrance. Most of this was done to make way for more kiosks, as well as new lounge areas featuring soft seating and TVs. The large elevated seating area and planters in the food court were removed to make way for more seating and spaces for tenants in the center. The renovation also included new flooring, lighting, signage, and color scheme. In 2009, a new carousel opened across from the food court, in the underused area near the "ghost" anchor.

Anchors
  • JCPenney (158,771 sq ft.)
  • Macy's (240,000 sq ft.)
  • Sears (206,924 sq ft.)
There was to be a fourth, unnamed anchor store located at the north side of the mall (facing the Atlantic City Race Track) but the space was never occupied and the footprint is marked by the large grass patch in the parking lot, as well as an underused area across from the food court where the mall entrance would've been. It was rumored to be either a movie theater or Steinbach. With the latter going out of business and a Regal Cinemas that opened at the nearby Hamilton Commons shopping center, as well as an abundance of large-scale box stores built in the area, it is unlikely that anything will be opened in the vacant spot in the near future.