2013-08-14 / Front Page

Boscov’s opens at Woodbridge Center

Staff Writer

A corner of Woodbridge Center Mall that sat vacant for five years is bustling with activity as Boscov’s celebrates the grand opening of its eighth store in New Jersey.

Boscov’s now occupies the mall’s anchor spot that formerly housed Fortunoff.

Boscov’s, a privately owned, independent full-service department store with 41 stores in the northeastern United States, features fashion merchandise and many other departments offering furniture, oriental carpets, candy, gifts and vision care.

“We’re anxious to have them open,” said Woodbridge Township Mayor John McCormac. “They will reinvigorate Woodbridge Center and bring a lot of people to our area to not only shop and dine there, but elsewhere in town.”

Boscov’s should bring nearly 400 new jobs to Woodbridge, according to the mayor.

“They are a very charitable company, and we expect to be able to work with them on identifying some causes in Woodbridge Township that they can help out,” McCormac said.

Opening to the public officially on Aug. 10, Boscov’s hosted a “sneak preview” shopping day on Aug. 8 that served as a dress rehearsal for the employees and a fundraiser to benefit 115 area nonprofit organizations.

The grand opening featured entertainment and prizes, refreshments, and special discounts and surprises. A formal ribbon cutting with music provided by the Woodbridge High School Marching Band kicked off the festivities on Aug. 10 at 9 a.m.

A second “Hollywood-style” ribboncutting ceremony featured celebrities and dignitaries. It began a two-week schedule of entertainment, starting with singer Shirley Jones performing daily at 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 10-17 in Boscov’s Community Auditorium.

Seating 160 persons, the auditorium is a functional room with a stage, banquet tables and portable walls to make it adaptable for large or small groups to use for community events.

“Because Boscov’s feels so strongly about its role in community affairs, the community auditorium is available free of charge to local not-for-profit groups and organizations for fundraising events or other community activities,” Albert Boscov, chairman and CEO of Boscov’s, said. “The store will bring famous personalities from the entertainment world to the auditorium for store-sponsored, free cultural, educational and recreational programs.”

The Amazing Kreskin will entertain in the auditorium on Aug. 19 at 2 and 7 p.m. in addition to Aug. 18 at 2 and 5 p.m.

Elvis Aaron Presley Jr. will sing on Aug. 20-24 at 2 and 7 p.m. and on Aug. 25 at 2 and 5 p.m.

Other activities will include fashion shows and classes for all ages on a variety of subjects, such as beauty, dancing and crafts and hobbies.

Admission to all shows is free.

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