Kresge Department Store

709 Broad Street

Founded 1923

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Building View

Building 1950



Building 2002


Abandoned Subway Station

In 1923, the Plaut family sold their department store to S. S. Kresge for $17,000,000. During it's heyday, the Kresge Department Store was a stop on one of the Newark Subway Lines. Today, there is only one line left of the Newark City Subway. All others, including the one going to Kresge's are sealed. A recent descent into one by New Jersey Transit officials revealed that the storefront Kresge's maintained underground is still intact (except for the broken windows) with mannequins, wooden display cases and sale signs.

For more information on this subject, see the books used for this page:

"The Enduring Community" by William B. Helmreich