Friday, May 11, 2007

Paramus Park Mall & Sears

Paramus, New Jersey - circa mid '70s

Mid-seventies snapshot of Paramus Park mall in Paramus, NJ, taken from the parking lot (the Sears anchor store is visible to the right). Many thanks to Charles Freericks, for this great photo submission!

My buddies over at Labelscar have a nice entry on the mall as it looks today, if you're curious about that, and below you'll find some Paramus Park mall history from Wikipedia:
"The mall, developed by The Rouse Company, opened on March 14, 1974, with a 300,000 sq. ft. Abraham & Straus (now a Macy's store) and Sears (which didn't open until August) as anchors and space for 120 specialty stores.

Paramus Park was the fourth, and final major indoor (or in the case of Garden State Plaza, soon to be indoor) mall in Paramus. It is shaped as a four-legged zigzag, with an anchor store at each end and the second-level food court on a large balcony in the middle. Two small courtyards are at the other leg intersections; one now hosts a carousel, the other the bronze statue of a turkey described below.

The name Paramus comes from the Lenni Lenape Native American word meaning 'land of the wild turkey' or 'place of fertile soil'. That is why there is a giant metal statue of a turkey in the Paramus Park mall."
Mall history: 1974 - present
Current website: here
Developer: The Rouse Company
Current aerial view
Info from Wikipedia
Previous entries: none

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Blogger Cora Buhlert said...

A picture of that giant turkey would be nice.

Fri May 11, 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

I agree and I'm working on it, Cora. :)

Fri May 11, 07:10:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Update: Giant turkey photo found! Will be posted soon. That is all.

Sat May 12, 08:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

show a picture of the abraham and straus store there that not fair just showing sears lol

Sun May 13, 01:41:00 AM  
Anonymous didi said...

Turkey! Turkey! Turkey! We demand some turkey!

Good to hear there is a photo. Can't wait.

Sun May 13, 08:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Charles. I would love to see the A&S too. I worked there in 1986. I never took a picture of it until it was a Macy's. Anyone with a picture, please, please send it to Keith. Also, if you have a picture of the waterfall, please send to Keith.

Sun May 13, 10:44:00 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

I don't remember the turkey, but I do remember the play area at Paramus Park in its early years. It had walls (possibly tiled) that sloped down into the center area. It was kind of like an inverted pyramid. The slope was gentle enough that kids could climb to the top, but I remember it being somewhat of a challenge. A trip to Paramus Park with Mom in the 70s meant a chance to run wild in that play area. I wish I could find a photo of it online!

Thu Sep 13, 01:28:00 AM  
Blogger kevohill said...

It seems like a lost cause, but I've been trying to find a photo of the old food court. The only images I've managed to find of PP are the turkey and the one above. Anybody have anything?

Fri Mar 01, 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sat for the artist that made the turkey. Charles Parks.

Fri Oct 18, 04:24:00 PM  

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