Several Sears stores in South Jersey have closed in recent years, leaving behind large, vacant buildings. Now, Cooper University Health Care plans to move into one of them.

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Once one of four 'anchor' department stores at Moorestown Mall (that included Boscov's, Lord & Taylor, and Macy's), the 165,000 square foot Sears sits empty. That will soon change when Cooper renovated the space into an outpatient medical center.

Wendy Marino, a Cooper University Health Care spokesperson, spoke to Courier Post about the med giant's decision to take over the space, saying, “The building formerly used by Sears at Moorestown Mall is a perfect location in close proximity to where many of our patients live and work".

Moorestown Mall Could Soon Include 3 Apartment Buildings and a Hotel

Moorestown Mayor Nicole Gillespie sounds very happy to have the mall become more than just a shopping destination for her town's residents, according to Courier Post.

“I am thrilled to see this coming to Moorestown, particularly at this location", said Gillespie. "When this came up I thought that was perfect because it no longer signaled this is going to be just a mall trying to get by. We are really envisioning something new there.”

Late last year, several parking lots at the Moorestown Mall were proposed for development of condos, which would include affordable housing units, and a hotel.

PREIT, owner of Moorestown Mall, also owns the Cherry Hill Mall and Cumberland Mall in South Jersey.

SOURCES: NJ.com

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