NJ’s Garden State Plaza to Get Makeover

PARAMUS, NJ — Westfield Garden State Plaza — the largest mall in the state of New Jersey — is moving forward with a stylish makeover and amenities upgrade that includes the opening of a new Dining Hall; interactive children’s play area; fully redesigned interior spaces and seating; exterior improvements; and updated Wi-Fi for customers.

After recently remodeling the property with new valet parking areas, new points of entry, modern restrooms and flooring—the upcoming project will star this month and enhance Garden State Plaza’s status as one of the best retail destinations in the tri-state area. The mall is owned by Australia’s Westfield Corporation, which also owns the shopping mall in the World Trade Center.

The food court will get a total makeover and will be called the Dining Hall. Work is expected to be completed in October.

A majority of project work will occur after mall hours in order to minimize impacts on shoppers.

Project details include:

  • A revitalized Dining Hall and interactive play area.
  • Introduction of new state-of-the-art digital media screens.
  • Fully redesigned interior spaces, seating, and amenities—as well as new accent painting and lighting improvements.
  • The introduction of curated art displays and sculptures.
  • Interior and exterior landscaping.
  • Parking lot lighting and paving improvements.
  • Roof replacement.
  • New building and energy management system.
  • Replacement of heating and cooling systems with improved efficiencies.
  • A comprehensive upgrade of IT infrastructure including improved Wi-Fi, wayfinding and beacon technology and communication, music systems, and digital services for retailers.
  • The integration of cutting-edge new security operations systems and ultra-modern back-of-house access control systems.

Recent stores to open at Garden State Plaza include Design Within Reach, Zara, Kneipp, Vineyard Vines, Philosophy (its first physical store concept), IntimissimiItalian lingerie, and Penhaligon’s.

Later this year, the property’s retail lineup will include the arrivals of Amazon Books, Nespresso, Fabletics, Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, and the first Marc Cain store in the United States.

“We are truly excited about Westfield Garden State Plaza’s aesthetic and digital upgrades,” said Senior General Manager, Bryan Gaus. “This revitalization will allow us to be on the forefront of creating truly unique and memorable shopping experiences for our customers.”

Westfield says that Garden State Plaza has 326 retailers and annual sales of $906 million.