PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Modell’s located in the Arlington Shopping Plaza, 780 Route 46, is closing. A spokesperson at the Parsippany store stated they expect to be open through the holiday season, closing in January.
Founded in 1889 by Morris A. Modell, the first Modell’s store was located on Cortlandt Street in lower Manhattan, NYC. Four generations of the Modell family have developed the family business into a chain of over 150 stores throughout the Northeast.
Through the years, it has remained a family owned business, passing through four generations of the Modell family. While best known as a sporting goods retailer, Modell’s also operated a chain of “full-line” discount retailers in the New York-metro area known as “Modell’s Shopper’s World” (and for a short time as “White-Modells”) from the mid-1950s up until 1989, when the company decided to focus on its sporting goods operations partly due to increased competition in the discount retail market.
You can still shop at other local stores, which are not closing: The Livingston store, located approximately six miles is at 112 Eisenhower Parkway; The Rockaway store is located at 301 Mt Hope Avenue.