Remembering The Past: Mid State Malls Past

by Diane Norek Harrison

EAST BRUNSWICK-Mid State Mall was and is still a popular strip mall along route 18. The mall first opened in Aug. of 1958, and some of the first stores there were: Acme, Grayson-Robinson, J.C. Penney, Miles Shoes and Safeway.

Here are other stores that were once there: Amazing Savings, Best Product Catalog Showroom, Border’s Book Store, Card $mart, Karin’s Curtains, Jembro, Marshall’s and Mile’s Shoes.


Remember “Miller on the Mall”? Their slogan was “The Place to go for Brands you Know”

Mid State Lanes was there from 1958 until 2007. There was also Modell’s, My Kid’s Room, Newbury’s 5&10 with the great lunch counter, Odd Lot, Office Max, The Pharm House, Play It Again Video, Plum, Suburban Shoppe, Treasure Island, Twin Joy Restaurant and Woolco.

IHOP was once in the parking lot at this mall before moving up on Route 18. There once was a Fotomat booth in the parking lot.

Have memories of the Route 18 Flea Market that closed a few years ago?

If you have your own memories of Mid State Mall or other malls or strip malls please send for a future column.

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your past material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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