"The Mall" is Freehold Raceway Mall at 537, Business 33 and US 9. As the others have said, there are a plethora of strip malls along Route 9 including a major mall areas south of Southard.
Us Hwy 9 is the main artery of the Howell area & is filled with strip malls & office buildings. If you are looking for major dept stores the closest major mall is located in Freeehold which is 1 town north of Howell. There are also bus routes all along Hwy 9 if that is helpful
There are stores scattered throughout Howell. Ramtown in the Southeast section has 2 strip malls. Farmingdale Borough has stores along main Street. There are a number of farm markets and other businesses scattered around the Township.
That said, the majority of stores in Howell are along the Route 9 corridor which runs through Howell for about 6 miles between Freehold and Lakewood.on the Western side of Howell. Route 195 intersects with Route 9 at it's Exit 28.
Hope this helps. Please feel free to contact me if you're looking for a specif store or location.