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Jersey Gardens is one of the most popular outlets in the greater New York City area. Choosing to shop in New Jersey instead of New York has two great competitive advantages as we are about to reveal.
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About the Mills at Jersey Gardens
The official name of the Jersey Gardens Outlet is called The Mills at Jersey Gardens. Everyone in the area, however, will just refer to it as Jersey Gardens. The two-level mall opened in Elizabeth back in 1999 and is now celebrating its 20th anniversary! At the outlet you’re in for a treat: low prices and additional discounts can save you a significant amount of money during your shopping spree.
Why shop in New Jersey?
There are at least two great reasons to go to Jersey Gardens Outlet to shop. Be sure you consider these arguments carefully when choosing an outlet in New York to go shopping.
1. It’s closer to New York City than Woodbury Common Outlet
If you’re looking for an outlet in NYC, you have probably heard of the Woodbury Common Outlet. The Woodbury Common Outlet is larger than Jersey Gardens, yet much further away from the city. In order to go shopping at Woodbury Outlet, you would need to take a day trip as the bus ride will take about an hour. Therefore, the Woodbury Common Outlet will take one whole precious day in New York City from you.
Choosing the Jersey Gardens Outlet over Woodbury Common Outlet has the advantage that you can freely decide what time you go and return. This way, you can plan to shop for half a day or even a full day and still have more time left as the bus ride from and to New York City only takes 20 minutes.
That being said, if you are a shopaholic and like the stores at Woodbury Outlet better – definitely go for it!
2. You can save more money shopping in New Jersey
NJ does not charge sales tax on clothing!
In New York, any clothing item that costs more than $110 is subject to NY sales tax of 8.875%. In New Jersey, on the other hand, you enjoy tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes! For those of you who plan to spend some serious cash shopping during their stay will save a tremendous amount of money just crossing the river to New Jersey. Remember that next time someone tries to bash the Garden State!
Stores at the Jersey Gardens Outlet
In total, you can shop at over 200 stores at Jersey Gardens, giving you plenty of choices to find the latest trends at discounted rates. Some of the most popular stores at Jersey Gardens Outlet are:
- Calvin Klein
- Century 21
- Famous Footwear
- Kate Spade
- Michael Kors
- Old Navy
- Nike Factory Store
- Ralph Laurent
- Tommy Hilfiger
- Victoria’s Secret
- …see complete list
Besides retail, you also find a portion of the mall dedicated to entertainment and food to round up your visit. The food court offers plenty of seating and is located in the center on the upper level. If you want to head to the movies after shopping at Jersey Gardens, you don’t have to go far! An AMC movie theater can be accessed through the east wing of the mall.
Know how to maximize your savings!
To maximize your savings and your shopping experience, be sure to check out the current deals at Jersey Gardens. For those of you who came to shop until they drop, there is a way to achieve even larger savings by heading to the service desk upon your arrival. There, ask for a coupon book. It costs $7 and is valid for the whole year. You can, of course, share it with your party if you stick together.
How to get to Jersey Gardens Outlet
1. From Manhattan
Do you want to visit the Jersey Gardens Outlet from New York City? Head to the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd Street and hop on either NJ Transit bus #111 (2nd stop) or bus #115 (1st stop). Both offer direct service to Jersey Gardens Outlet in New Jersey and drop you off at the guest services entrance. Still, you’re more likely to take bus #111 as it stops at Jersey Gardens more frequently.
Alternative: For a unique shopping experience with more comfort, you can book a private shuttle that gets you to from New York to the Jersey Gardens mall and back.
2. From Newark Liberty International Airport
Jersey Gardens Outlet offers airport shuttle transportation to and from Air Train Station P4. If you land or depart from Newark Airport, visiting the outlet at the beginning or end of your trip may be the most efficient way. The shuttle departs every half hour from 10 am Mondays-Saturdays and 11 am on Sundays. Please note that there are no lockers to store your luggage at Jersey Gardens.
A one-way trip with the airport shuttle will cost you $5.
3. From New Jersey
Does Jersey Gardens Outlet offer coupon books?
Yes. For $7 you can purchase a coupon book upon your arrival at Jersey Gardens. These coupons will save you additional money that, if you shop a lot, will far exceed the $7 you spent on the book. You can check the exact discounts at the service desk before you buy it.
Can I store my luggage at Jersey Gardens Outlet?
No. There are no lockers at Jersey Gardens to store your belongings. What Jersey Gardens offers instead are shopping carts. They are available to rent for $7 and help you carry your purchases.
Is there an ATM at Jersey Gardens?
Yes. There are plenty of ATMs at the mall for you to withdraw money if you need cash.
Is there free Wifi at Jersey Gardens?
Yes. Simply look for the free WiFi by Simon and log in. It works fine!
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