What Does the Ocean County Mall Need?

Benihana and El Chico gone, so is Friendly's

Last week, Benihana and El Chico restaurants at the Ocean County Mall closed, and although the signage remains, the tenants do not.

We remember the last time the large square of that section of the Ocean County Mall was empty.

The wing was vacant for years after the departure of the movie theater at the mall, and now that area is home to an Applebee's and several retail tenants.

Our Question of the Day asks, what are you hoping fills the shoes left by the departing restaurants?

The mall grew to include El Chico, adding square footage for the eatery, so there are potentially two restaurant slots open in that wing. Plus, the longtime Friendly's by Sears is also gone.

If you could pick any business be added to the mall, what would you wish for?

. August 11, 2012 at 11:37 AM
No more chain restaurants please! This area is flooded with them!
Sandra Dorsey August 27, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Hi everyone, can anyone tell me the name of the apartments very close to the Ocean County Mall? Thanks for your precious time on my behalf. Sandt ~Smile~
Mark Wendell August 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM
If your talking about the ones across from Sears I think they are called Penny Lane.
ed galloway October 01, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Outback would do the job
Harry May 01, 2013 at 12:18 AM
In reference to Wholefoods, Wegmans etc., I know that Wholefoods does a ton of research on the communities they expand into. It is all based on education. I just don't see Toms River being up to the standards of say, Cherry Hill, Princeton or any of the affluent communities up North. Like some others have already pointed out, I believe the mall needs a complete overhaul or significant expansion. We moved to Toms River ten years ago and do all of our holiday shopping in Freehold or Menlo Park. The Ocean County mall has always been a "last minute" trip, nothing more. Freehold has turned it's mall into a complete entertainment experience with indoor and outdoor shops and restaurants. There just isn't any comparison. Toms River has always been a major disappointment in that sense. Very little in terms of night life, restaurants and entertainment. It has a very "bay shore area" kinda feel. Sad.


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