We are assessing the situation and hope to re-open today,” The Mall at Short Hills announced on its website shortly after 12 p.m.
In a subsequent statement to News 4, a spokeswoman for Taubman Centers, the mall’s operator, confirmed that the incident happened at about 11:30 a.m.
and that power was shut off as a safety measure.
“There has been a water main break at The Mall at Short Hills.
Out of an abundance of caution, and to safely assess the situation, power has been shut off and customers have been evacuated. When the mall is ready to reopen, we will alert the community via our web page and social media,” the statement said.
It is unclear when the mall will reopen or if there are any structural damages due to the pipe rupture.
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The Mall at Short Hills features four of the world’s most prestigious department stores and 150 shops, over 40 of which are unique to New Jersey. The shopping center also features a myriad of high-end shops including Burberry, Cartier, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Fendi, Gucci and Saint Laurent, among others.