Sixty smaller stores are proposed to replace the JCPenney at Westfield's Garden State Plaza in Paramus, sources said Monday.
JCPenney announced last year it would be closing up to 140 stores along with two distribution centers while instituting an early retirement program in an effort to increase profits in the era of online shopping.
Among those to go was the Garden State Plaza location, which closed on March 10 after nearly 60 years at the mall.
The free-standing Best Buy on the other side of the mall will be moving to Bergen Town Center on April 14.
"The JCPenney and Best Buy spaces provide a strategic opportunity to creatively transform retail space in a way that offers far more engaging and relevant experiences for our customers," the mall's senior marketing director Lisa Herrmann said.
"Additional announcements regarding this and other activity will be made at a later date."
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