Remembering The Past: Brunswick Square Mall

by Diane Norek Harrison

EAST BRUNSWICK-The mall on Route 18 opened in the 1970s and is still a popular smaller enclosed mall. These stores were once in the mall: Amazon Café, Baker’s Shoes, Betty’s Bakery, The Bombay Company, Bun and Burger, Candle Hutch, Carlton Cards, Chess King, C.V.S., Dalton Books, Danskin, DEB, and Dr. Pets.

Remember Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor? The wait staff would come to your table on your birthday and sing “Happy Birthday” to you.

Fashion Bug, Fun ‘N Games, Joanne’s Nut House, Just Shirts, Gemstone Jewelers, Harmony Hut, Hot Sam’s Pretzels, K.B. Toys, Kinney Shoes, Lane Bryant, The Limited, Lynn’s Hallmark, McCrory’s, Musicland, Pet Puree, Roses & Laces, Roy Rogers, Sam Goody’s, Scotto Pizza, Sun Coast Motion Picture Company, Walden Books, Wonder Café-salad and yogurt and York Steakhouse.

There was a kiosk “We’ve Got Your Name”. Before Macy’s it was Bamberger’s, that had a restaurant called Louie B’s. J. C. Penney’s once had a coffee shop and McCrory’s had a luncheonette attached to it called The Highlander. Sherwin Williams Paint had their store in the mall parking lot before moving across Route 18 north.

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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