Here's a blast from the past! Let's take a look at how the former Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township looked when it was bustling in the late 1970's.

If you shopped at the Shore Mall during the Christmas of 1978, you probably frequented stores like Jeans Emporium and Sound Odyssey, and got your drink on at Orange Julius. There was even Sears and JCPenny before the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing got built, and a Foodtown grocery store, according to Shore Local News.

From photos in a story written by Shore Local News' John Gibbons, the Shore Mall in 1978 was THE place to be. It looked like the King of Prussia of its day.

Shore Mall Memories ~ "It was Christmas time and this was the place to be. Music chimed through the department stores...

Posted by Shore Local Newsmagazine on Sunday, December 6, 2020

I have vague memories of visiting Shore Mall as a child, specifically the look of it from the outside. I remember having to walk far from our parking spot to get to the entrance.

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The mall looks a lot different this Christmas, as Boscov's is the only real 'flagship' department store, although the roadways around it haven't changed much. Spirit Halloween has taken over part of the year, and the backside of the mall is now a Motor Vehicle Services. It's not at all the shopping experience of the 70's, as is the case with a lot of malls these days.

The Franks movie theater has closed and Outback Steakhouse has moved on, but I still see potential for Shore Mall to once again be brought back to its former glory, maybe in the same way that revived the former Garden State Race Track area in Cherry Hill.

 

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A trip down retail memory lane in the Cardiff section of Egg Harbor Township