EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - There was a bit of an eye to the future and somewhat of a nod to the past as the Brunswick Square Mall re-opened on Monday.

"Anchor stores J.C. Penney and Macy's have had a strong showing over the past two weeks, with JCP's East Brunswick location being one of the most popular in the region," said Mall Manager Ron Lichtenberger. 

Smaller stores opened on June 29 for the first time since the pandemic shutdown in March following a mall-wide sanitation, yet signs of the past remained. There were prom dresses that would never be worn. Spring styles that have come and gone. Even remnants of an anticipated St. Patrick's Day that never saw the green light of day.

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Still, it was exciting to mask up and participate in a bit of the "new normal" at the mall. Some stores are part of a staggered opening that will see many businesses on deck after Independence Day this weekend. Some parking lot entrances are closed to the department stores so that staff may better manage crowds.  Food can be purchased, but there is no place to sit down in the mall at a table and eat it.  In all, there is a far greater amount of open space to support social distancing.

There is still no indoor eating at restaurants, yet Bar Louie has expanded its outdoor seating and Red Robin is offering curbside service. Masks are required by all customers and staff. Take a look at the attached photos of stores, services and food spots that have opened to see if your favorites are up and running.