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UPDATE: Moorestown Mall Losing Gap, Gap Kids

The clothing retailer will close its stores at the mall by the end of the month.

UPDATE: Andrea Hicklin, a Gap spokesperson, explained that the Gap and Gap Kids at the Moorestown Mall are among the final stores to be shut down as part of the "long-term real estate strategy" the company outlined in 2007.

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Amid all the growth and revitalization buzz surrounding the Moorestown Mall, the shopping center is losing a major retailer at the end of the month.

According to Lisa Wolstromer, senior marketing director for the mall, Gap and Gap Kids will close at the end of January. 

The mall has struggled with occupancy in the past, though it added a slew of stores last year, including Cotton On, Crazy 8, Play N Trade, NJ Dollar Mart, the Nailery, Cinnabon and Kids Foot Locker. 

Wolstromer painted the loss of the Gap in a positive light, saying it gave the mall "an opportunity ... to recapture that space and repurpose it for another tenant."

"Like any mall, you go through periods of change," she added. "You lose retailers, but you also bring in new retailers who are going to be popular and meet the needs of our customers."

She also noted that Gap has been closing a number of its stores across the country over the last few years. The company announced in 2011 that it would be closing nearly 200 locations by the end of 2013. Wolstromer was unable to say whether the decision to close the Moorestown Mall Gap was made by the clothing retailer or by PREIT, owner of the Moorestown Mall.

As for plans to replace the Gap, Wolstromer said the mall was talking to several different retailers, but couldn't provide any other information at this time.

The new Regal Premium Experience theater—with 3D capabilities, digital projection screens and stadium seating with reclining seats, among other amenities—is expected to open later this year, along with Marc Vetri's Osteria and Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. The additions are part of PREIT's plan to revitalize the mall. 

PREIT has yet to announce the other two restaurants it plans to add (using the liquor licenses it purchased from the township last year). 

jolee January 25, 2013 at 01:10 PM
MtownLifer thank you for so eloquently stating what I, and many others, feel but don't have the energy or desire to argue about with naysayers.
ML January 25, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Will there be a store closing sale at Gap? That's really what I want to know...
Charlotte Knight January 26, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Last week all sale merchandise was an additional 50% off. Any new merchandise that had already been shipped to Moorestown, was being transferred to other area stores. I am sure by now most everything is pretty picked over. I did manage to get a few steaming hot deals. :)
Samoht January 30, 2013 at 04:46 AM
Gap @Marlton Square will gladly satisfy all Gap customers!!
Jessie April 04, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Anyone remember the name of the store outside of Macy's next to the Kinkaide store? It was a store that hall all sorts of furniture, wall hanging, lighting fixtures, loved it, and the prices were fab. I wanted to see if they have relocated. The owner was such a nice fellow, too!

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