Zombie Mall: Within the Walls of Abandoned Burlington Center in New Jersey

More than 35 years after its unveiling, the Burlington Center Mall in South Jersey maintains its building structure -- and not much else. Here's a closer look into southern New Jersey's "zombie mall."

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But today, vacant and desolate, the center — dubbed by one Advance Media ranking as New Jersey's "saddest mall" — is barely recognizable.
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After a long struggle with increasing vacancies and structural issues, the shopping center closed its doors for the final time in January, 2018.
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Now, the building is set for demolition.
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Petal, an elephant sculpture, is the last tenant remaining in the abandoned Burlington Center Mall.
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Stockton Strawbridge, owner of Strawbridge’s, commissioned the elephant fountain to attract visitors to his store.
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Inside the old Strawbridge’s, which became Macy's before the mall closed, the carpeted entryway is vacant of anything besides dirt and debris.
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Opposing escalators lie deserted.
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Broken glass litters the floor.
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Even though the mall can’t be saved, sculptor Zenos Frudakis, who created Petal, insists the elephant can be. <a href="https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/As-Clock-Winds-Down-On-Burlington-Mall-Orphaned-Elephant-Petal-Searches-for-a-New-Home-502622941.html" target="_blank">Now, he's searching desperately to find a new home for the iconic sculpture he calls his "firstborn."</a>
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