Remembering The Past: Woodbridge Center And More

by Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE—It was nice to see the grand old building on Main Street, which has “WOODBRIDGE NATIONAL BANK” etched on the stone, still standing in March 2008. The clock from the olden days was still on the building. The sign on it now reads Auto Parts and Sporting Goods Store. Anyone know of other old buildings in Middlesex County with names on them from the past?

I’ve found out about some more businesses that were once in Woodbridge Center. If you would like to share your own memories of the mall, please write or email me.


In 1974, Abelson’s Jewelers was selling ladies’ Baylor watches with a crystal tapered band and 17 jewels for $39.95, Baylor’s men’s watches with automatic day-date and 17 jewels for $79.95 and ladies’ Baylor Innovation watches, with two diamonds and 17 jewels for $69.95. Other mall business included Brooks Fashions, Field Shoes, Hanover Shoes and Patio & Deck Center.

Other businesses through the years were: Airport Clothing Store, Bagel Nosh, Bombay Company, Black Bull, Clockworks, Dagwood’s, Fluff ‘N Stuff, Hoffritzz Cutlery, Lampston’s, LaViede France, McDonald’s, The Pants Place, Ritz Camera, Roy Rogers, Russell Stover Candy, San Francisco Music Box Company, Sip ‘N Snax, Smuggler’s Attic, Space Port, Tree House Pub and Winners.

There were two Kay Bee Toys stores in the mall at one time; the chain was liquidated last year.

Here are some other ther businesses that were once around:  Arthur Treatcher’s Fish & Chips, Bernie’s Bicycles in Avenel, Carroll’s on Oak Tree Road in Iselin, Chicken Holiday, Chowder Pot, Contrast Furniture on Route 9, Coprose Beauty and Hair Supplies on Amboy Avenue, Flip’s Tavern, General Dynamics in Avenel, Grant’s, Levitz Furniture Furniture Store, Holiday Inn on Route 9, Marcello’s,  Porky’s Farm in Port Reading, Pioneer Tavern, Vet’s Gun Shop, White Birch and the Woodbridge Sheraton.

If any are still in business, please let me know or send a history of a long-time business from Middlesex County.

If you have your own memories or past information for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge you can email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201.

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