NJ's Cherry Hill Mall celebrates 50 years

CHERRY HILL, N.J. - October 11, 2011

Its owner's touted the mall as the nation's first enclosed shopping center east of the Mississippi when it opened in 1961.

The mall had 90 stores, exotic birds, tropical plants, fountains and a movie theater on 15 acres of old farm land and served customers from southern New Jersey and the Philadelphia area.

The mall has undergone renovations over the years.

Cherry Hill Mayor Bernie Platt tells The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill the mall was a "key cog" in the township's evolution and became a destination for people throughout the Delaware Valley.

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Information from: Courier-Post, http://www.courierpostonline.com/

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