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Newport Centre (shopping mall)

Coordinates: 40°43′37″N 74°2′16″W / 40.72694°N 74.03778°W / 40.72694; -74.03778
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Newport Centre
LocationJersey City, New Jersey, United States
Coordinates40°43′37″N 74°2′16″W / 40.72694°N 74.03778°W / 40.72694; -74.03778
Opening dateOctober 1987
ManagementSimon Property Group
OwnerLeFrak Organization & Simon family
No. of stores and services131
No. of anchor tenants4 (1 vacant)
Total retail floor area1,152,599 sq ft (107,080 m2)
No. of floors2 plus third floor Food Court (3 in Macy's)
Public transit accessMetro interchange Port Authority Trans-Hudson Newport (PATH station)
Hudson–Bergen Light Rail NJ Transit Pavonia/Newport (HBLR station)
Bus transport NJ Transit NJ Transit bus: 9, 63, 64, 68, 86, 126

Newport Centre, commonly known as Newport Mall,[1] is a shopping mall in Jersey City, New Jersey, that opened in 1987. It is a major component of the enormous Newport, Jersey City, a mixed-use community on the Hudson River waterfront across from Lower Manhattan. One of eleven shopping malls in New Jersey managed by Simon Property Group, it is located at 30 Mall Drive West, and is bound by Henderson Street on the west, Mall Drive East on the east, 6th Street on the south, and Newport Parkway on the north. The mall has a gross leasable area of 1,152,599 sq ft (107,080 m2).[2] The super-regional mall is the first of its size in Hudson County.[not verified in body] The anchor stores are AMC Theatres, JCPenney, Macy's, and Kohl's.


Third floor of Newport Centre

The mall, with four anchors and 167 other stores and attractions, partially opened to the public in October 1987 with Sears and Stern's as two of the four anchors operating. The 1,200,000-square-foot (110,000 m2) was intended to draw residents from the new Newport waterfront development and the surrounding area, as well as shoppers from Bergen County, where blue laws keep shopping malls closed on Sundays.[3]

The mall's official opening was on November 12, 1987, attended by New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, Senator Frank Lautenberg, and The Smurfs. On that date, the mall contained 75 tenants, featuring the two aforementioned anchor stores, Sam Goody, Benetton, Eddie Bauer, and Hallmark.[4]

There are three floors to the mall complex. The mall is part of the Newport Complex, which includes the Newport Tower, the sixth tallest building in Jersey City. Both it and the Hudson Mall are in an "Urban Enterprise Zone", reducing the state sales tax on purchases from 6.625% to 3.3125% at eligible merchants (with no sales tax on clothing).

The mall is anchored by JCPenney, Kohl's, and Macy's.[5]

On January 5, 2024, it was announced that Sears, the last location in the state, would be closing at the mall in Spring 2024.[6] The store closed for good on March 3, 2024.


Three-story parking structure (including the rooftop)

The mall can be reached via the Hudson–Bergen Light Rail's Pavonia/Newport station and the PATH's Newport station. It is also served by New Jersey Transit buses and is the terminus for routes from Jersey City Heights and the North Hudson towns of Guttenberg, North Bergen, West New York, and Union City.

Temporary closure in 2020[edit]

On March 16, 2020, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop ordered the Newport Centre to be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7] The next day, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy backed this temporary closure and ordered all malls in New Jersey to temporarily close as well.[8] It reopened on June 29, 2020.[9]


  1. ^ West, Teri (June 29, 2020). "Shoppers test out an emptier, cleaner Newport Mall on reopening day". NJ.com. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  2. ^ Newport Centre, Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine International Council of Shopping Centers. Accessed September 21, 2006.
  3. ^ Kennedy, Shawn G. "Real Estate; New Twist For a Mall In Jersey", The New York Times, October 28, 1987. Accessed February 4, 2018. " Close up, however, a formidable low-rise component of this huge waterfront development becomes evident – a 1.2-million-square-foot shopping mall four blocks from the water's edge, still in construction but already open and partly occupied.This Newport Centre mall will have four department stores, 167 shops and restaurants and a nine-screen movie theater.... The new mall, at the intersection of Sixth Street and Luis Munoz Marin Boulevard, has been in limited operation since mid-October when Stern's and Sears, two of the four anchor tenants, as well as a handful of smaller stores, opened to the public."
  4. ^ Times, Special to the New York (November 12, 1987). "Smurfs Join Kean at Opening Of Jersey City Shopping Mall". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  5. ^ Marshall, John. "Newport Centre" Time Out New York, September 26, 2016. Accessed January 6, 2024. "This three-story mall houses the four pillars of department stores—JC Penney, Kohl's, Macy's and Sears—all under one roof."
  6. ^ Levine, Cecilia. "New Jersey Sears Closing", Hudson Daily Voice, January 5, 2024. Accessed January 6, 2024. "New Jersey's last-standing Sears store, located in Jersey City, appears to be closing."
  7. ^ "Jersey City orders Newport Centre mall, Hudson Mall to shut down". March 16, 2020.
  8. ^ "Coronavirus update: Hospital capacity concerns as cases rise to 267; Murphy closes malls; 1st day of full school shutdown. What you need to know". March 18, 2020.
  9. ^ "With COVID-19 precautions in place, Newport Centre mall in Jersey City is open today | Hudson County View". Archived from the original on July 3, 2020.

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