It's the final days for the Shore Mall -

It's the final days for the Shore Mall

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The last customers trickled into the Shore Mall Sunday afternoon both to reminisce and to search out any last bargains.

"It's quiet. Its quiet. It's the quietest it's ever been," Shopper Larry Rosenberg said. 

The mall fountains are now dry, wires hang from the ceiling, and stores are being gutted; it's the end of an era.

"A lot of memories. There's a lot of memories in this mall," Joan from Franks Jewelers said.  

The woman at Franks Jewelers just cleared the shelves off for the last time, a nostalgic moment after 29 years of South Jersey Service inside the mall, but Franks won't be gone for ever, they are opening a new store nearby in Harbortwone Plaza.

"It's a beginning of a new chapter," Joan added.

 While many stores pack up, some stores continue to stock their shelves.

At Game Stop its looks like they aren't going anywhere anytime soon. It's the same story at several other shops also.

"There are some people who are in a five year lease and are kinda refusing to leave because its more expensive to move," Lauren Payton said. 

According to business owners, some stores will move to the front of the mall. The two anchor stores, Boscovs and Burlington coat factory will stay in their current locations.

"I think in the long run, I think its a good idea for the Shore Mall to get revitalized and bring more modernization."

Some of the store employees at the shops that plan to stay open say they are in the dark, and are not sure what the future holds.

"Mixed messages and a lot of people want to stay open until the final day," said one employee as he spoke about nearby shops.

According to mall officials, all stores are to be closed Monday and demolition is set to begin this week.

For Franks Jewelers and all the other Shore Mall staples the gates will soon close one last time.


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