Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Thousands Get Boost from Reopened Malls

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Thousands Get Boost from Reopened Malls

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North Jersey's retailers Wednesday were divided into the haves and the have-nots. The haves -- those who had power -- were open for business, and the have-nots - those without power -- remained closed.

Retailers with power found that electricity could be used as a selling point to lure shoppers into their stores and shopping centers. Stores throughout North Jersey invited people to come in, get a meal, browse and borrow a power outlet.

North Jersey shopping malls turned into de facto storm shelters Wednesday, as thousands of residents went to reopened malls.

Three of North Jersey's major malls - Bergen Town Center and Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus and Willowbrook Mall in Wayne -- were open Wednesday. The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack and Paramus Park mall in Paramus remained closed because of power outages. A spokesman for Paramus Park mall said that shopping center would make a decision by 7 a.m. today on whether or not it would reopen today. A Riverside spokesman said the mall still had no power as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Many retailers and businesses along North Jersey's two busiest shopping highways, Routes 4 and 17, still had not regained power Wednesday and remained closed.

Those that had power Wednesday still had to deal with the problem of contacting employees and customers whose home phones and cellphones weren't working.

At the David Alan hair salon on Route 4 in Paramus, owner David Pearlman was trying to call clients Wednesday morning to let them know the salon was open, but "nobody's phones are working."

Pearlman said his was one of the lucky businesses that never lost power, but that he closed Monday and Tuesday because of the storm.

On Tuesday, he came to the salon to see how it had survived the storm, but first had to call his daughter for a ride because his car was blocked by a fallen tree.

The Party Box costumes and party supplies store in Lodi didn't lose power, and was able to be open Monday morning and all day Tuesday and Wednesday.

But Sandy hit that business at the very time when last-minute shoppers usually are mobbing the store to pick up Halloween costumes. …

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