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Premium Outlets Mall to Feature Gloucester Township on Signs

Mayor David Mayer calls Gloucester Premium Outlets the largest economic development project in the history of the township.

Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer wants to "put Gloucester Township on the map."
Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer wants to "put Gloucester Township on the map."

The Gloucester Premium Outlets mall will prominently feature the township’s name on many entrance signs of the new 450,000-square-foot facility.

Mayor David Mayer said it was important for township officials to include the provision as part of the final site plan approval earlier this month.

“It gives us an identity,” Mayer said. “One of the challenges of Gloucester Township is that we have so many zip codes. People think they live in Erial when they live in Gloucester Township.”

Gloucester Township, with 67,000 people, is the second largest municipality in Camden County behind Cherry Hill. But it has no postal mailing address with the name Gloucester Township. Township mailing addresses include Blackwood, Erial, Sicklerville and Glendora. The municipal hall here has a Laurel Springs mailing address.

Mayer said he wants the Gloucester Premium Outlets, which he calls the largest economic development project in the history of the township, to help identify Gloucester Township.

“We have an identity problem in Gloucester Township and that hurts us from an economic development perspective trying to bring businesses into our community,” he said. “This can really put Gloucester Township on the map.”

Mayer said many of the signs will say: Gloucester Premium Outlets at Gloucester Township.

The project by Simon Management Associates and PRIET/Rubin Inc. won unanimous final site-plan approval from the township planning board on July 23. But not everyone was cheering.

Mark and Melissa Malfara said Gloucester Premium Outlets is going to funnel traffic practically to their front door. Melissa broke down in tears moments before the planning board unanimously approved signage details for the project earlier this month. 

“It should have been common courtesy to knock on our door and say, ‘Heads up, this is what’s going to be happening,’" she said after the meeting. “Not everybody reads the paper. Granted, it’s on us to find out what’s going on but people have things going on in their lives.”

Gloucester Premium Outlets is expected to bring name-brand, high-end merchandise to this oasis of land in southern Camden County. It’s located on a new College Drive interchange on the busy Route 42 highway and is expected to draw big crowds during and after its scheduled opening in the fall of 2014.

Daddy July 31, 2013 at 09:39 AM
With a 25 year tax abatement and the revenue the Deptford and Cherryhill malls lose we will have higher taxes and see our way of life deteriorate further. The Garden State is the Going Away State, time to get out
Peggi Taylor July 31, 2013 at 09:47 AM
Hello I live in Gloucester Township, not Gloucester!! So Gloucester Premium Outlets says to me it is in Gloucester County and not Gloucester Township!! Just saying
Gregory Lucia July 31, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Will this development help lower our property taxes? It's no longer affordable for me to live in a town with such high taxes. I had no problem with the taxes while I had kids in school. Looking to relocate!
Paul J. DiBartolo July 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM
That would be a good question for the mayor, Gregory. Unfortunately, I have been unable to figure out how to get the mayor to answer any questions. I think it's part of his promise for more transparency in government. He makes a boast...you ask a question...he becomes transparent and is nowhere to be found.
Michael July 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Paul, just call him at work, 1-800 Comcast.
Paul J. DiBartolo July 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Yea, Michael, I get it. You have to laugh to keep form crying around here.
Nick Dambach July 31, 2013 at 02:28 PM
I don't know why Mayer won't repave erial road where they put all that pipe in I almost get car sick but hey let's use the tax money for other more important things
Janet Warfield Barnes July 31, 2013 at 02:36 PM
If the mayor is so upset with Gloucester Twp not having it's own zip code and not having it's own identity... Has he ever thought about bringing a postal code to our area? I am sure there is a way. And they claim that the "outlets" are a good thing. If you look around you will see that many homes here in Gloucester Twp are vacant. Do you really think the people of Gloucester Twp can afford to shop in these High End so called outlets?? We can barely pay for the taxes that keep increasing. Where is this a good idea?
Schu July 31, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Highest taxes in the country, own police tank, multiple vacant lots spread out all over the township, failing school system that extended a superintendent contract with zero teaching experience, majority of our schools way below average, township roads that are in awful shape, and a blackberry mayor who can't be found expect for fundraising events that promote his agenda. Ya, we have plenty of money for high end shopping when we can barely feed our children.
Brutus Cato July 31, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Hey Patch, where did the picture accompanying this story come from? Did our illustrious mayor supply it or did you take it yourselves? Was it a set-up or did it just happen? Is this a puff piece or is this real news? Maybe this should be classified as an advertisement and Dave Mayer should be charged for it. Seriously, he'd never know the difference with the thousands and thousands he spends to get elected to a $50,000 dollar job and get his council cronies elected to $8,000 dollar jobs.
GTWatchdawg July 31, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Shouldn't these "political" stories include a "Paid for by"? Nike base promise.............Broken. Money out of taxpayers pockets one way or another. GRANTS come from taxpayer money. Abatement costs taxpayers one way or another. Nothing but political ads......not stories, or news.
Brutus Cato July 31, 2013 at 09:36 PM
"Mayor David Mayer calls Gloucester Premium Outlets the largest economic development project in the history of the township...Mayor David Mayer said...Mayor David Mayer said...he said...Mayer said... Yo Patch, what the heck is going on? Was this a press release from David Mayer to the Patch? Where did this story come from? We, the people, need answers. Mayer won't give them so if you're going to act as his mouthpiece maybe you should come up with some answers.
Silence Dogood July 31, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Is Dave standing by the side of the road flagging down random cars to show them his drawings? Seriously, was Patch lucky enough to be there for this lucky shot? If it was provided by Team Mayer, shame on you Patch.
Diane Annoche Nachbar July 31, 2013 at 09:55 PM
I am paying $8,000.00 a year in taxes and everytime it rains there is a lake in front of my driveway!! lets fix the problems we have before building outlets!!!!!!!!
JUSTMOVEBYBY July 31, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Ummm Patricia there is a Sicklerville section of Glou.twp. There is a Sicklerville section of Winslow Twp. both are in Camden co. There is no Sicklerville in Glou.co. Since no one wants to mention... Gloucester twp. is not building this mall. so it has nothing to do with a "lake" in your driveway! This type of mall would never-ever work in the empty Superfresh Get Real! Bad hood over there! Too ghetto. Maybe a bowling alley or rehab center.
Schu July 31, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Gloucester Township is a great place to live, work, and play......if you're politically connected to the right people otherwise your out of luck.
Peggi Taylor August 01, 2013 at 08:45 AM
@Justmovebyby, I live in the ERIAL section of Gloucester Township as well, so get your facts straight my mother worked for the GT tax office for many years and NO there is not a Sicklerville section of GT township but hey show your ignorance and throw stones and call it ghetto!! you must live in one of the many sawdust mansions in this state... People are entitled to their opinions but for you to say what you did makes me think you live off the suffering of others.
Stache's Minion August 01, 2013 at 10:11 AM
@Paggi welcome to dealing with members of Team Mayer. Their answer is if you don't like roads from Afghanastan, official misconduct as if we were living in Taminy Hall, and tax breaks given to the Mayor's friends in Cooper, then you need to move. Does that sound civicly minded and nice? Is that really the type of people you want running our government and our schools? Many of us would like to move but because of how our schools are falling the rankings can't sell without taking a loss. On top of that, their insulting remarks about the part of town where the Bloackwood-Clementon Road corridor is "ghetto"? Are they serious? Is this how they see residents of our town? Not all of us are fortunate enough to find a fairy girlfriend in Cobblestone we can move in with.
Debi August 01, 2013 at 11:05 AM
I would like to see an ordinance at least, passed stating that NO NEW BUSINESSES can be built in Gloucester Township until the abandoned buildings are fully rented! Commerce Square? The old Super Fresh shopping center? The shopping center across from KFC on Blackwood Clementon road? The shopping center across from the Glendora Fire Hall? The Laurel Hill shopping center? All have had stores empty there for years! I'm sorry, the part of Gloucester Township that runs along Blackwood Clementon road LOOKS like the ghetto of the town..run down, lousy roads, empty buildings and drug infested housing developments like La Cascada! I know what I'm talking about, I live behind LaCascada and my propery value will never go anywhere but down because of the complex and all the empty real estate. But Yes Mayor.. lets build a whole new complex of stores and just ignore the empty stores and the people who also pay taxes in this town and can't afford to live in developments like Cobblestone and the rest of the McMansions popping up all over Gloucester Township.
Peggi Taylor August 01, 2013 at 11:09 AM
GTWatchdawg, this is true, most of the villages of GT don't have a zip code that is from where they live, I for a fact know that certain individuals have to use a Clementon zip code. I use the GT post office on Davistown road, I shop in stores in our township to help keep money flowing, I just fee that the powers don't really care about us they care about their own pockets. If you must raise my taxes at the very least you could make sure when I give my address I don't have to explain that no I don't live in Sicklerville I live in Erial!!
Big Daddy 1 August 01, 2013 at 11:28 AM
If we get more traffic on college drive, we will have to get rid of those circles like they did everywhere else. They are annoying anyway.
JUSTMOVEBYBY August 01, 2013 at 12:44 PM
First off I have nothing to do with politics in GT I could give a rats butt. Alot of you whinny people a the ones with an agenda, Or are just plain clueless. I have lived in Blackwood estates for 55 yrs seen and heard alot over the years. My friends and I used to play in those fields where the outllets are going almost everyday and never once did we see deer or turkey, they are recent (last 10 ys.)transplants from all the developments in the surrounding area. They look like Erial deer to me. lol. Anyways the point is if the deer can adapt to changes why cant we? If they dont like the area they just move on...
Big Daddy 1 August 01, 2013 at 01:23 PM
How do the deer pay off their mortgages when they move?
JUSTMOVEBYBY August 01, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Deer always keep plenty of "bucks" around. lol
Big Daddy 1 August 01, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Good one. And I'll bet the bucks have lots of "doe".
Schu August 01, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Did GT recently strike a large oil reserve, the mayor's office is throwing a lot of money around. It's other people's money so it will be spent wisely.
Chip Kelly August 01, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Here is a report from the State Comptroller's office discussing how tax abatement's are mismanaged in NJ. Surprise! "...when abatements are awarded for a project already set to occur, or a project that isn’t needed, the result is an unnecessary giveaway of the public’s money.” The abatements HURT Gloucester Twp in this situation. Who owns the land? Is there a consultant who will receive a fee for helping the developed qualify for the abatement? What is Steve Sweeney's role in all of this? You need to ask these questions, which may seem silly but may have actually have interesting answers. http://nj.gov/comptroller/news/docs/tax_abatement_report.pdf
GTWatchdawg August 02, 2013 at 06:56 AM
Peggy,,. people that live in Erial, share the 08081,code with Sicklerville, therefore they may use their mailing address as Sicklerville. it is not ignorance, it is more of a zip code thing. not to mention when Miss Sarah Bass Young asked the mayor if he would put a sign up for a Erial , he refused, stating that we were all one big happy family in Gloucester Township. mind you at the time this was an 86-year-old woman asking for something simple. Erial
trish August 19, 2013 at 02:33 PM
the county of camden has a survey up on their website about the counties master plan . they want input please take a minute and fill it out and let them know we are not happy about the outlet mall!!!!!!!! .....http://www.camdencounty.com/county-news/camden-county-seeks-public-input-new-master-plan
Holly Pannabecker Sikora March 21, 2014 at 07:44 PM
Why would anyone want to shop on Blackwood Clementon road. That hot mess is riddled with red light cameras. Get rid of those damn cameras.

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