L. Bamberger & Co., Newark, New Jersey



"One of America' Great Stores"


1928 Halsey and Washington Street addition to Bamberger's

L. Bamberger & Co. (1893)
131 Market Street
Newark, New Jersey

MArket 2-1212


DOWNTOWN STORE DIRECTORY (1,240,000 sq. ft.)

Basement
Bamberger's Budget Store • Tea Room Soda Fountain

Street Floor
Fine Jewelry • Fashion Jewelry • Real Jewelry • Handbags • Gloves • Small Leather Goods • Hosiery • Misses' Slippers • Shoe Bar • Fashion Accessories • Neckwear • Misses' Blouses • Misses' Sweaters • Street Floor Sportswear • Playtex Bar • Cosmetics • Drugs • Notions • Stationery • Adult Games • Cameras • Greenhouse • Books • Tobacco Shop • Fine Wines and Liquors • Optical • Men's Accessories • Men's Furnishings • Men's Shirts • Men's Ties • Sport Shirts • Tennis Wear • Men's Shoes • Men's Sport Separates • Men's Separates • Izod Shop • Men's Leisure Separates • Men's Shoes • Men's Hats

Balcony
Jewelry Repair

Second Floor
Men's Clothing • Men's Outerwear • New Traditions • Misses' Robes • Misses' Loungewear • Misses' Lingerie • Misses' Foundations • Junior Lingerie • Misses' Dresses • Misses' Sportswear • Misses' Coats • Daytime Dresses • Women's World • Uniforms

Third Floor
Better Sportswear • Bamberger's-by-the-Sea • Status Jeans • Better Dresses • Better Coats • Suit Shop • Contemporary Dresses • Contemporary Sportswear • Contemporary Coats • Town & Country Shop • Clubhouse • Young Collector • Millinery • Fur Salon • Bridal Salon • Mirror Room • Misses' Shoes • Shoe Salon • Etienne Aigner Shop • Junior Sportswear • Junior Dresses • Junior Coats • Junior Perspective

Fourth Floor
Baby Center • Layette Room • Toddler's Shop • Girls' Wear • Little Girls' Wear • Little Boys' Wear • Boys' Wear • Student Shop • Children's Accessories • Children's Shoes • Children's Furniture • Teenery • Fashion Fabrics • Art Needlework • Sewing Machines

Fifth Floor
Furniture • Bedding • Pictures • Mirrors • Decorator Gift Shop • Piano Salon • Chantrey Beauty Salon

Sixth Floor
Lamps • Sheets • Blankets • Pillows • Towels • Bath Shop • Broadloom • Area Rugs • Draperies • Curtains • Home Furnishings • Vacuums • Toys • Game Room • Hobbies • Sporting Goods • Ski Shop

Seventh Floor
Housewares • Kitchenware • Gourmet Shop • Electrical Appliances • Hearth Shop • Clocks • Ready-to-Paint Furniture • Hardware • Garden Shop • Paint Headquarters • Gifts • China • Table Linens • Silver Shop • Glassware • Music Center • Televisions • Radio/Communications • Fancy Grocery • Fruitador

Eighth Floor
Offices

Ninth Floor
Employment Office • Offices

Tenth Floor
Bamberger's Restaurant • Alcove Room

Eleventh Floor
Credit Office

BRANCH STORES

Morristown
Park Place & Speedwell Ave.
100,000 sq. ft.


Plainfield (05.06.1954)
Front Street & Roosevelt Ave.
113,000 sq. ft.




Princeton Shopping Center (1954)
63,000 sq. ft.









Paramus (1957)
Garden State Plaza
343,000 sq. ft.

Menlo Park Mall (1959)
Edison
360,000 sq. ft.

The Mall at Cherry Hill (1962)
Cherry Hill
220,000 sq. ft.

Monmouth Mall (02.29.1960)
Eatontown
288,000 sq. ft.
Garden State Restaurant

Willowbrook (1967)
Wayne
266,000 sq. ft.
Nanuet Mall (1969) Nanuet, NY 225,000 sq. ft.

Brunswick Square (1970)
East Brunswick
244,000 sq. ft.

Livingston Mall (1972)
Livingston
224,000 sq. ft.

Oxford Valley Mall (1973)
Langhorne, PA
197,000 sq. ft.
The Carriage House
Snack Bar

Springfield Mall (1974)
Springfield, PA

Deptford Mall (1975)
Deptford
208,000 sq. ft.

Quaker Bridge Mall (1976)
Lawrenceville
221,000 sq. ft.

Lehigh Valley Mall (1976)
Whitehall, PA
218,000 sq. ft.

Ocean County Mall (1977)
Tom's River
170,000 sq.ft.

Rockaway Town Center (1977)
Rockaway
260,000 sq. ft.

Montgomery Mall (1978)
North Wales, PA
220,000 sq. ft.

Christiana Mall (1979)
Newark, DE
215,000 sq. ft.


99 comments:

  1. jersey's version of macy's lol

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  2. Some other long-departed stores in NJ:

    Teppers, Plainfield & Short Hill, NJ

    Meyer Brothers, Paterson & Wayne, NJ

    JM Towne, Caldwell & Wayne, NJ

    Steinbach, Asbury Park & many branches

    Levy Brothers, Elizabeth, Clifton, South Plainfield

    Kresge, Newark (not to be confused with Kmart's beginnings)

    Stainton's, Ocean City, NJ

    Quackenbush, Paterson, NJ

    Goerkes, Elizabeth

    Epstein's, Morristown & branches

    Holthausen's, Union City

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  3. As an ex-Buyer for Bamb's, this was a great store, and nothing like Macy's. Bamberger's started the Thanksgiving Day parade and Macy's stole it. The Newark store was magnificent, a gem of architecture and style. Bamb's saw the potential of suburban NJ growth and never saw a mall it did not like. It was a great learning ground, a great retailer, and again I must state, NOTHING like it parent corporation Macy's (until the 90's merger). It should be noted that before everything became Macy's, and when Macy's had Ny, Kansas City, SF, Davidson's and Bamberger's...it was Bamberger's who was its single largest volume division...and most profitable.

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  4. Why are there so few pictures of Bam's available? I have shadowy memories of going there all the time in the early '60s with my mom and grandma but would love to see some photos of the store in that period...

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  5. I just found a tie that my great uncle left me that was from bambergers mens store, brand is Robert Stewart. wonder if i can post a pic of it?

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  6. anyone recall an exhibit of eskimos during l950's christmastime?

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  7. Did the Bambergers at Christiana Mall in Newark DE ever have a restaurant?

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    1. Yes, it was upstairs nestled in the back of the housewares area. Macy's called the area the cellar. After the restaurant closed, they sometimes setup christmas trees for the holidays in the rooms that made up the dining areas.

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  8. Were there art exhibitions held at Bamberger's in the 1980's? Thanks!

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  9. My very first credit card when I was 17!! Thank you Bambergers for taking a chance on me.

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    1. so was mine, at 18. It was the old charge plate...a small card, red and white withe the scripted Bamberger's logo. It is now a long defunct card, but I STILL remember the account number...669-75-581. I miss the Bamberger's name. Bamb's was New Jersey.

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    2. I still have my red and white Bam's card tucked away in my treasures. I worked in the buyer's office (small leather goods) in 1969. :-)

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    3. I was a cosmetics Buyer form 1976-1985, then was "transferred" to Macy's in the same position, but stayed only 6 months, cause I hated Macy's...and still do.

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  10. I have an artwork with a label on the back of the frame saying: L. Bamberger & Co. Newark N.J. Picture Dept. and Frames to Order with a hand-written number 3739. the artwork itself has no signature or date. I wonder if anyone could tell me what year would correspond to the number 3739 and how I could find out more about the work.

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  11. Just discovered this site. Great! Was doing some ancestry research on the Hecht and Bamberger families. My husband has ancesters on both sides. He also remembers all the great stores accross the country. Having worked for Levi Strauss & Co he worked with many of them nation wide.

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  12. Did anyone ever hear of a "Miss Bamberger" or "Mrs Bamberger" Contest?
    I have a China Flower Basket that was supposed to be won in this contest. The piece has a very old paper sticker on the bottom that says, "Made in England for Bamberger & Co Newark". There is another sticker, like a price sticker, that says "Bambergers" but the rest is unreadable. The bottom of the china says "Thorley Bone China, Made in England."

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  13. I remember back in 1965/66, my girlfriend was in Kearny High and she was pledging for a sorority. We stood out front of Bamberger's Newark and sold toilet paper for 1 penny a sheet. Bam's customers were the best. They knew we were embarrassed but we ended up having a great time. I forget how many sheets were on a roll back then but I think we sold all ours that day.

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  14. I have an old plate inherited from my mother. It was made expressly for L. Bamberger & Co by D.E. McNicol, East Liverpool. The art on the plate shows Robert Treat directing the landing of (next words are worn out) Newark, N.J. It also says, 1666 and 1916. It is obviously a comemmorative plate.

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  15. I have a hatbox from Bambergers New Jersey
    and it is a great design you can view it
    on Etsy.com LaMaindeLavalle 161 is my shop
    name it was in need of repair and i repaired it
    i think it is from the 1970s

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  16. Does anyone know who built the upright pianos for Bambergers NJ 40 plus years ago?

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  17. My mom got hers there for Christmas, 1940. She said it was a Story & Clark - made in Chicago I believe.

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  18. I worked at Bam's as a makeup artist in the cosmetics dept. It was so much fun and such a classy store. Once Macy's offcially took over, it went down hill. All its flair was taken away. I miss those days.

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  19. I have a photograph of my mother taken when she was about 5 years old, 1941. The back has Bamberger's Newark, NJ from a stamp and the handwritten number is BA-6354.

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    New England Uniform, Inc. company profile

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  21. \ I remember going "Uptown" to Bam's at Christmastime with my family, to see the Huge Lionel train layout that was set up in the toy dept. on the 6th. floor. It was around 1957 or 58. It was spectacular!
    Does anyone have any photos of it?

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  22. I used to go to Bam's in Newark with my mother in the 1960's and 1970's. One of my favorite memories is of the malted milk drinks we would order at the lunch counter in Bam's basement. All of these comments make me very nostalgic.

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  23. I remember my Dad taking a snap in front of Bamberger's in Plainfield, I found it the other day in my old old slide.I'm walking with Mom in our Sunday best, I have a balloon in my hand and am wearing those ever so popular little girl dresses with the white pattent leather mary janes. My mom as spiffy as ever in her pencil skirt and cute white hat. It was great, we used to dress up to go shopping! Now its dungarees that are falling down with your knickers showing, Ah the good ole days ;)

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  24. I would love to hear a description of the inside of Bamberger's-what made it special and unique. We moved from. NJ when I was 7 and I have vague memories. I do remember Wannamaker's in Philly because I visited it as a teen. That was very different and uniques as well. My grandmother worked at Bamberger's in the late 39-40. Thanks for any descriptions you can write....
    kaylaenglelewis@me.com

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    1. I tried to email, but it bounced back
      I saw your question on the Department Store Museum site. Let me start by saying, I live in DC but originally am a native of NJ. I was a Buyer for Bamberger's for 10 years, from the mid 70s thru the mid 80s, when I was "promoted" to Macy's. At that time the stores were completely separate from each other, with separate buying offices, credit departments, etc. It was not until the late 80s when the mergers started and my beloved Bamberger's went to hell. I can also tell you having worked for both divisions when they were separate, Bamberger's was AMAZING, mace's was a disaster, and continues to be.

      What made it...
      1. It was a large store of 1.3 million square feet.
      2. The first floor had 20 foot ceilings all hand made wooden fixtures, and it was very much in the Art Deco mode.
      3. Most of the floors were designed by famed architect Raymond Lowry and Associates, so there was a masterful sense of architectural beauty and it was one of the first stores, back in the 40s, that utilized what is now referred to as "shop" concepts.
      4. The merchandising in the store because of Lowry's design did not allow for merchandise on top of each other...there was plenty of room to shop, you had seating (even in the 80s) and room...tons of room.
      5. The main restaurant was mahogany wood panel, elegant and had great food.
      6. the sales help was extremely professional, not like today's Macy's...and knowledgeable
      7. The key factor to all this was Raymond Lowry's architecture, it had to be seen to believe. He designed other stores such as Lord and Taylor, and the defunct Hahne's Montclair store (talk about magnificent), but Bamberger's Newark was unlike any other. It was the curvature of the lines, and how he utilized it on the floors, the way they flowed and the interior color combinations. Bamberger's pretty much kept his 1940's redo until the end, with some updated, such as painting and carpeting, bit the store saw no renovations to destroy his work...that was the marvel.

      I hope I answered your question. If you have any more, let me know.

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    2. See this, too - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamberger's

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  25. Of Willobrook mall...
    In the beginning, there was Bambergers...
    And only Bambergers, everything else came later.
    I remember many Christmas shopping trips trying to find presents for my Mom without her knowlege. And I remember the big Peanuts fad in the 60s and my normally tightwaddy Mom caving (without my realizing it was happening) and splurging and doing my whole room Snoopy. Even bought me the mythical Astronaut Snoopy I wish I still had! I didn't know her suprise until the UPS truck pulled up and she said 'You can open ONE box now!' We weren't rich this was huge. Now its Macys and NO its NOT the same. Back then upstairs there was even a restaurant that had better hamburgers than any of that mall garbage!

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  26. To Anaonymouas on 1/24/12. How true. I shopped paramus before WillowBrook opened. When Willowbrooked opened, that was closer, until I became a Buyer, and each Saturday would go to Willowbrook to visit my department. Yes,, the store had a restaurant and even a budget store, which became a renovated mens department in 1981...and a really fine one at that. It carried high end designers, because the customer base then was far different than today. As a Macy's, it is garbage. When I go back home to NJ, I still refer to it as Bambs, and still go to Willowbrook.

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  27. One last thing about my beloved bamberger's...the stores which had restaurants (Newark, Paramus, Willowbrook, Menlo Park,Cherry Hill, Nanuet, Rockaway-which still does!, Livingston, Springfield, Montgomery, Oxford Valley, White Marsh (closed store-moved to Hecht's store), Hunt Valley (closed store), and Bridgewater) all of them were name Louie B's, after Louis Bamberger. Newark also had a restaurant on the lower level named the Carving Board. I do so miss department store restaurants.

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  28. I always wondered whether Louis B's was tied to founder's name! Used to attend fund raising events at the Court (King of Prussia) location. Court's Bamberger's opened in 1981. I vividly remember the graphic nature of the displays (unlike any other store) and the mouse-maze floor plan that guaranteed you were in there at least 20 minutes before you could find a mall exit. Macy's unfinished reno in the mid 1990's still left unmasked hints of the originality from 1981: look at the floors and ceiling. Went over budget so they just stopped and painted over what remained. :- )

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  29. To the Ex Buyer, you are so correct. Bamberger's was a great store and Macy's ruined it. I worked at Bambergers when I was a junior in high school, loved it so much, that I became degreed in Merchandising. I think I still have a report I did for college which includes several photographs and pages from the Fashion Reporter and the "Q". It was a time when a sales manager could actually call a buying office and influence the assortment or quantity of goods sent to a store. I can remember the store visits from senior execs from Newark. Bambs was top sin everything, from Loss Prevention, Display, Advertising, yadda yadda yadda. I believe Time magazine did a story on Bambergers and it does show that it was Macys top division. Louis is turning over in his grave.

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  30. I am so very appreciative to "ex-buyer" for writing the information that I had requested. Thank you. Also, thank you to RJ regarding the Wikepedia page. I will check back in case someone else writes another description....

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  31. Based on ex-buyer's info about the designer, Raymond Lowry, I found 2 articles from 1940 ("Women's Wear Daily" and the Elizabeth, N.J." Journal") about the dress salon, new at that time. It has some photos and alot of description. Here is the link: http://www.hagley.lib.de.us/libimages/LoewyScrapbooks/0019.jpg

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  32. N.B. Raymond Loewy was responsible for the design of the Pennsylvania Railroad's luxury train, The Broadway Limited in the late 1930s and again after WWII. His firm also famously designed renovations for Gimbels in 1950-51 and Higbee's in the 1960s, among many, many other other retail designs. Detroit's J. L. Hudson Company redesigned its 7th floor (The renowned "Woodward Shops") in the 1960s, and that, too, was a Loewy design. I personally saw that in its hey-day and I can say that it was beautiful; the epitome of mid-modern interior design. I would also venture to guess, given my experience as an architect that it is Loewy's staff that deserves much of the credit for all of this work.

    Bruce

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  33. I just found a flat wooden leg shape with holes in it with a L. Bamberber & Co sticker on it. I am not sure what it was used for but it is very interesting. Would anyone be able to help?

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  34. I must disagree with those executives who have " bad mouthed " Macy's. I began my career at Bam's in 1951 on the executive training squad and left to go to Mac's in 1967 as a Vice President for Merchandising. I had a great career in both divisions and although Bam's was and is my favorite store, Macy's was terrific. It had some bad years until Ed Finkelstein took over and remade Herald Square in to one of the world's shopping destinations.

    I was one of the executives who opened the Plainfield branch and have nothing but good things to say about both Bamberger's and Macy's.

    I would love to hear from some of my former coworkers. My e mail is: Mcaddy444@hotmail.com.My name is Marvin Laba.

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  35. Christiana,did have a resturant!

    ex.administrator,Helen Betachini was the store mngr.

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  36. My great grandmother painted fine china in the Newark Bams for Louie Bamberger. Would Love to know if anyone remembers her. Her name is Anna Spitz (also called "Tilly"). I have some of her pieces dated in the late 20's and 30's. Would love some information on her history.

    kathpa1207@hotmail.com

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  37. I remember Bams and my mom and grandma and their friends called it...We went to the one in Ocean County Mall in Toms River, NJ. It was right behind the center court, where Macy's(Gag...yuck...except they have Coach bags for 10-20% cheaper)is today. I remember going to the top floor and there was a kitchen/cooking/cutlery etc...place called The Cellar. The kids clothes were so fun...Jet Set, Spumoni, Guess, Esprit...I used to get these awesome sweatshirts with penguins or polar bears or mice...all doing stuff like in a theme...The penguin one can be seen on Jodie Sweetin(stephanie on full house)in the season 2 opening credits...along with the same book bag I had. The mouse one had them playing a wheel of fortune type game, and I had a PS Gitano pink sweater and black skirt set where there was black scotty dogs on the sweater and white ones on the skirt...

    Every week I would be like "I have the same outfit!" I swear the wardrobe dept. for them must have shopped Bams or Macy's or Kid's R Us.

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  38. I have what appears to be either an old credit card or employee ID card. It is 2 1/2" x 1 1/2". the front has a 5 digit number with L. Bamberger & co. "one of americas great stores" Newark, N.J. the back side is a picture of the Newark building.It is made of plastic. Can anyone tell me what it is?
    wcpfixit@optonline.net

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  39. My great grandmother Anna Spitz painted the fine china for Louie B in the Newark Store. I have many of her pieces. Does anyone remember her or her work. I would love to hear from you. Thank you.
    kathpa1207@hotmail.com

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  40. Diane Reboli Hoadley18 June, 2012 11:27

    Found this site and brought back to some great memories. My father was a delivery man for Bamb's and then it went to UPS. The Thankgiving parade, when I was a kid was on Market St. My father drove one of the floates and was happy to make the extra money.When I was in high school my mother got a job in the office at Bamb's.It was a great store.When you made a purchase back then you could always have it delivered.

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  41. I didn't know Bamberger's Bridgewater had a restaurant. Of course, it opened as Macy's

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  42. wor tv origannly broadcast from the newark store

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  43. Michael Mitchell28 August, 2012 19:54

    I Have A boy doll its called hans made by K&R in Germany mold 114 with the tag still attached Like new how can I find out what year it was sold in the store. it has been in a ceder chest many years.931-638-5722

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  44. Do you have the exact locations of the Bambergers Restaurants? I think I found the one in Livingston, on the third floor, across from the restrooms. It's a storage area, but it's decorated in red and had fake french windows and a distinctive doorway. Also think there was a hair salon next to where the restaurant was.

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  45. Here is some more information about Bamberger's restaurants. As the chain grew rapidly from the late 60's to the late 70's, MOST locations included a "Carriage House", full service restaurant, many with full bar service. During this time frame the downtown Newark store featured The Dinette, a counter style room on the Budget Level, and snack bars on the Street and 4th Floors. There was a more formal restaurant, and private party rooms on the 10th floor, but that floor was leased to a private club starting in the early 1960's. In the early 1980's some of the suburban locations saw their restaurants close, and a few others were re-branded, "Louie B's" in a node to Bamberger's founder. With dining options becoming less and less in downtown Newark during this same time frame, a table service room was added next to The Dinette.
    Ken

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  46. Thank you, Ken, for all of the information. It seems as though Bamberger's is really missed!

    Bruce

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  47. A few other notes about Bamberger's it's food service, and the downtown store. There were (3) levels to Bamberger's Budget store. "Lower Level Two"contained their Budget Domestic departments, "Lower level Annex" that ran under one of the Prudential buildings contained Budget Furniture and Rugs, a Budget Beauty Salon, and the Bamberger Butcher Shop and Deli. The main Lower Level, "Lower Level One" contained the remainder of the Budget Store. The size of the Budget Store complex rivaled that of their mall stores, which were larger than their competition. When Bamberger's started to cut back on selling space downtown in the mid-70's, the Annex and Lower Level Two were closed as selling space. The Butcher Shop and Deli were relocated to space on the Street Floor and remained until the early 80's. The Bamberger building itself had 4 lower levels, "3B" and "4 B" were part of the receiving department. The departments store of Newark would make for a great book (hint, hint).
    Ken

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  48. To Jill F.- I think the flat wooden leg was a display piece that women's stockings/hosiery was placed on so that customers could look at the product without tearing open the packages- I think I remember there were several of them attached together with a chain so all of the samples stayed together in one place. I worked in Bamberger's (and then Macy's) in Willowbrook Mall, Wayne NJ from 1985-1988. It was my first job at age 15 and I was a "floater"- so when someone called out sick in the "Swatch Watch Boutique" or in The Cellar Cafe, etc. etc. I was sent in that area to work. Brings back nightmare memories of me trying to find specific shoes in the enormous women's shoe stockroom!!

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  49. Please, someone tell me if I am dreaming or if it really happened! I remember going with my grandmother to Bamberger's around Christmas time and there was a "train" attached to rails on the ceiling of one of the floors. The "train" thus circled the floor from above. Did this really exist or only in my nostalgic imagination? My grandmother worked at nearby Ohrbachs, but, for the real deal, she took me to Bamberger's.

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  50. I found this site by accident but... wow! It brings back memories! I grew up in Livingston, NJ and I recall the opening of Bambergers Livingston Mall (I think 1972... when I was 6) and I recall stories from my whole family about shopping "downtown" in Newark at Bambergers store.

    Like most Americana-gone-by, it makes me sad, but I suppose, that's progress but sometimes I think we have not progressed we've just lost parts of our collective history.

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  51. Worked as a stockboy in the candy dept. in 1967. Was my first job out of high school.
    Remember it fondly... it made for a most wonderful Christmas season!

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  52. Like Rick said above, this site does bring back memories! I grew up in Morristown and remember going to Bam's with my mom. At Christmas time, Santa always arrived by coming down from the roof of the building with a little help from the hook & ladder. Yes, Epstein's and Bam's had amazing Christmas displays in their windows! The Bamberger's in Morristown did have a restaurant back in the day, on the third floor. Later, after the building became Macy's, I worked there for a time. The restaurant at that point was being used as an employee break room. Sadly, the store closed in '93. Our beloved Bam's (turned Macy's) sat vacant for years until Century 21 moved in. Sigh....

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  53. Bamberger's used to have shopping bags that showed people in clothes from hundreds of years ago & moving up to closer to the present. I remember making paper dolls out of my mom's bags. Are there any images of those bags?

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  54. I loved shopping in Bamberger's as a child with my mother. Then as an adult, it was such a great store. Does anyone know if Bamberger's carried Madame Alexander dolls back in the 1950's? My mother bought me one when I had my tonsils out and I still have it. Was wondering if she could have purchased it at Bamberger's because she did most of her shopping there.

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  55. To answer the question about the Madame Alexander dolls, if they were purchased downtown in the 1950's, my guesstimate would be that it was bought at Hahne & Co., or Kresge-Newark. By the 1950's Bamberger's (under RH Macy ownership) became a more middle level store, and their Toy Department carried more mass market products than anything else.

    To answer the question about a monorail running around the ceiling of a Toy Department, that was Kresge-Newark. The Kresge-Newark monorail ran along the ceiling of their 9th floor Toy Dept through the Christmas season of 1958. In 1959 Kresge leased the 8th and 9th floor of their building to Western Electric, and the Toy Department moved (sans monrail) to the basement.

    Ken

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  56. I miss the days of shopping at Bam's with my Mom and grandparents in the Menlo Park Mall. Does anyone remember the restaurant upstairs and the delicious burgers and home made coleslaw they served? The customer service in those days was first-rate!

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  57. @ken: Thanks for the monorail answer. So I wasn't dreaming--just had the wrong store!

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  58. Wasn't there a Bamberger's in North Brunswick, NJ and then moved to Brunswick Square Mall in East Brunswick?

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  59. I had a photograph of my Grandmother taken around the 1950's and after Sandy Hurricane it is gone It was taken at Bam's. Does anyone know if they had a photo archives from years back?

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  60. Bamberger's used to have shopping bags that showed people in clothes from hundreds of years ago & moving up to closer to the present. I remember making paper dolls out of my mom's bags. Are there any images of those bags?

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  61. So glad to see to see someone mention Holthausen's, Union City. Great memories of that store, even though I lived in Bergen County you always went to West New York or Union City to shop

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  62. Before the name change to Macy's, there were three Bamberger's in MD...White Marsh, Owings Mills, and Hunt Valley. The Hunt Valley store closed, the White Marsh store is now Boscov's (Macy's occupies the old Hecht's store), and the Owings Mills store was converted to a Boscov's (now vacant)after Macy's moved to the old Hecht's store.

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  63. I remember those bags as well. The figures were dressed as if at Versailles. Wigs, long ornate dresses. Men in tails. The bags also had an unusual closure. When the handle was put through it the bag turned into a soft sided box.

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  64. To Anonymous on 3-8-12...thank you for the kind compliment. I loved Bamb's and still refer to it as such whenever I go back to NJ to visit family and friends.

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  65. To Michael. The Bridgewater store was in the planning stages under Bamberger's for years. When it opened it was actually Macy's-New Jersey (formely Bamb's) which meant it still was based out of Newark and used those buyers. Eventually Macy's NJ and NY were consolidated into one...the first of many consolidations. The store is interesting in that the interior design was only used in one other store and that was Macy's Santa Rosa, CA. Management did not like the layout and changed course on future stores. I personally like the look of the original store and being I have not been to Bridgewater in some time am not sure if it has seen any renovation.

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  66. I am pretty sure the Deptford store had a restaurant in the 1970s.

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  67. As I remember, Bamberger's had a basement and a sub basement. One level had bargains, and one had food. Some of the best spreadable cheddar cheese came from that store. When teamed with the Pecter's rye bread which they also sold, it was a lunch worth waiting for

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  68. I remember when the Bam's opened in Princeton. My mother was raised I Newark and had moved to south Jersey. She never accepted the Princeton store as an equal the Newark store.

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  69. I remember going to Bamberger's in the '70s, mostly the one where I grew up, Morristown. We used to eat burgers and shakes at the restaurant-Carriage House I guess it was called?? I don't think anyone who grew up in the area back then felt good about the switchover to Macy's. Bam's was such a Morristown icon. At least they never altered the outside of the building with the cameos. Yeah, I still have one of those shopping bags with the costumed figures.

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  70. I went in the 1930's and 40's as a child..nothing like the toys on the 6th floor or the great food in the restaurant!
    Are we better off now with Amazon and the Mall Macy's? Not for us.

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  71. I have a Bamberger's upright piano and want to sell it, does anyone know how much is worth? my email address is QMac31@aol.com

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  72. I have an old broach that came from there and wondered 1. If it is real? And 2. How much it is worth? It is round with 13 round cut yellowish gems on the outermost row. Then there is 13 marquise cut "emeralds". Then a row of 10 smaller yellowish gems. And one large round cut "emerald" in the center. I am not sure if the gems are real that is why there is quotation marks. And the gems seem to be set in real yellow gold. A magnet will not stick to it. Just wondering what you might know?

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  73. I forgot the broach is in the box from Bamberger's

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  74. Does anyone know the name of the White Marsh Mall Bamberger's restaurant from the 80's?

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  75. Does anyone know the name of the White Marsh Mall Bamberger's restaurant from the 80's?

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  76. I think it was called Louis B's like some of the other store restaurants.

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  77. Worked there (Willowbrook Mall ) from 1983-1987 as a salesperson, then night department manager, then Service Manager. The store today does not seem to have the same prestige as it did in the 80's. I worked through the multi-million dollar renovation of the store as well as the transition from Bamberger's to Macy's. When I first started, Bamberger's in Willowbrook had a restaurant, liquor store and auto store. Gradually, as the store began taking on the Macy's name, they phased out the auto store(around 1984), then the liquor store (around 1986) and the restaurant may have made it almost until the 90's. It was a good store with good people working there, some of which I still communicate with today.

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  78. I worked at Bam's while a student at Rutgers-Newark, 1961-65... M-W-F 5:45PM-9:45PM and all day Saturday. Sold gloves one Christmas, also was in cosmetics, and finally in Juniors. Bought my wedding gown there. I remember the basement restaurant being called the Garden State Tea Room. Never was a big coffee drinker, but they has the best coffee.

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  79. Willowbrook mall bamburgers had a contest and kids put their hand prints in cement in front of the entrance somewhere. Inside I think.. Im sure those prints are long gone. Maybe it was outside but I remeber it being inside. My brother had his hand print there...

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  80. do you know what my knit baby clothes may be worth? says Bamberger's Newark made in spain

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  81. I also remembered the monorail train on the ceiling. I could have sworn it was in Bambergers but I saw someone write that it was in Kresges. My mother didn't shop in Kresges only Bambergers and Orbachs. But I guess she must have taken me there at Christmas back in the 1950's. :-)

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  82. I worked at the Bloomfield Warehouse from 1970 to 1977. We sorted all the merchandise for all the stores. I grew up just up the street so I knew about how crazy thing got when they had warehouse sales. I have fond memories of the people I worked with there.

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  83. I just lost my Father and as my brother, sister and I were going through his belongings we found a Velour Top Hat in perfect condition . Says Bambergers Men's Store Newark With the initials J C M in the top of the hat. Just wondering of a value

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  84. Hi
    That is so cute, I would of never thought of that. I am definitely making me one or maybe a few! Lol

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  85. I remember shopping at Bamberger's with Mom at Christmastime when she took me to see Santa. When I was 10, we went to see legendary singer, Connie Francis, who was doing a makeup presentaion at Bamberger's and promoting here new film, "Looking For Love". Then we went Schrafft's for lunch on Broad Street, then took in a great movie at the Loew's Theatre. Those were suchy beautiful wonderful days. Now it breaks my heart to see what newark has become. It looks like it was just deacyed by a great cancer.

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  86. Perceptive comments! It was decayed by a great cancer, I believe.
    -Bruce

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  87. Newark, like a lot of cities, didn't have a chance, once the federal government began encouraging suburban development. Cheep gas, highway construction, tax deductibility of mortgage interest, reliance on property taxes to fund schools, all these things discouraged urban development. In Newark the problems were of course exacerbated by the riots. In addition, the housing stock there is fragile. No sturdy brownstone row houses. That has discouraged it coming back today like a lot of other cities, where a desire to be closer to the action has encouraged revival.

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  88. At a yard sale in Orlando, I found a tweed jacket with the original Bamberger logo inside. It peeked my interest if only because the jacket had such character. I then came across this fascinating blog ! Thanks everyone for contributing. I would have loved to visit the Newark store in its heyday.

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  89. Any way to find out about an advertising artist back in the late 30's early 40's?

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  90. Someone mentioned service managers in an earlier post. Bamaberger's had a unique in store management system. I started as a department manager in the Willowbrook store in 1979 in mens. I eventually became a Buyer. There were tow types of managers...department Department managers and their day staff worked just that...M-F 9-6, No nights, NO weekends, No holidays (except Christmas). Corporate management felt that department managers should be merchants...work closely with the Buyers. So our job was to merchandise, prepare for sales, analyze reports. The service managers jobs were nights and weekends. They were responsible for making sure the store was staffed (each area had its own service manager) and service (yes, we did provide that) was being provided.Who would not have wanted to be a department manager for Bamberger's. This set up was unique only to Bamberger's...Macy's DID NOT do this. Once the name changed this system was gone. The only time department managers worked extra was during the Christmas season, when we worked a 6 day week. As a result, all department managers received an extra week of vacation for that..NOT anymore. Retail life was civil at Bamberger's and Bamberger's was Macy's largest division at the time (even larger than Macy's, NY).

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  91. All adverting for Bamaberger's was done "in house", with its own staff.

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