Large supermarkets, discounters and specialty grocery stores were moving in 2021.
And let’s not forget two grocery stores, one in Holmdel and another in Eatontown, which are built by a certain internet retailer named Amazon.
It was a good time for supermarkets and grocery sales. A study earlier this year by Food Trade News said the market for food sales in Monmouth and Ocean counties is $ 4.5 billion, an increase from its $ 4.1 billion. 2020 study.
“People go to restaurants less today, especially now with the pandemic,” said John Buzza, professor at Monmouth University. “They don’t go out as much so they stay (and eat) at home.”
Today, What’s Going There is offering a retrospective, recapitulating the biggest movements of the year. Here is what happened.
What was built
Saker ShopRites has just completed the purchase of Perlmart Inc., which owned ShopRite supermarkets in Manchester, Toms River on Fischer Boulevard, Jackson, Waretown, Stafford, Berkeley and Lacey. It is now the largest owner of ShopRite, with 39 stores in New Jersey.
The company, which is now headquartered in Holmdel, opened a new ShopRite on Route 35 in Wall in May. The new store is more than double the size of the old ShopRite, which was located across Route 35 for almost 60 years.
A month later, a ShopRite opened in Middletown on Route 35, replacing a 20-year-old ShopRite in Middletown Plaza, across the street. The new, larger store, carved out of the old Sears building and anchoring the new Kings Commons shopping center. includes a 20,000 square foot ShopRite Wine and Spirits store.
Earlier this year, Livoti’s Old World Market opened a store in Freehold Township at Mounts Corner Shopping Center, its fourth Italian specialty and grocery store in County Monmouth. The store moved to a space that once housed Top Tomato, and earlier Acme.
The Aldi discount grocery store opened its second store in November on Route 70 in Toms River, near the township’s border with Manchester.
Yet to come
More grocery stores are on the way. Aldi has a location at Freehold Mall, the Route 9 shopping center in the Township of Freehold. The grocer is moving into a vacant 21,000 square foot store at the mall, which is now under new ownership and has plans for new retailers and a new facade.
A developer has also started planning for construction of a 20,000 square foot Aldi marketplace on Route 70 near Brick Boulevard in The Brick. Aldi will be moving from its current store at Shops at Brick, on Route 70 and Van Zile Road, to the new location.
The site of a former Foodtown supermarket and vacant for 20 years, Aldi is part of a larger redevelopment plan.
A representative from Corrado’s Market, the North Jersey specialty grocer, told What’s Going There that he plans to open his long-awaited story on The Brick in early 2021, likely in February or March.
The store, which takes over part of a former Pathmark, is located at Laurel Square Shopping Center on Routes 70 and 88.
And there’s a new grocer coming on the shore. Amazon Fresh, Amazon’s brick-and-mortar grocer, has two stores under construction. One in Eatontown on the corner of Wyckoff Road and Route 35 in the old Toys R Us, and the other at the Commons at Holmdel Mall on Route 35 in a space that was once the cheapest.
Once opened, customers will see tech-focused stores, including high-tech shopping carts so you can pay for groceries without going through the checkout line.
So far, Amazon has not confirmed its plans for What’s Going There. But the clues are there. In Holmdel, green and black stripes, part of the facade of Amazon Fresh, are mounted outside the entrance. In Eatontown, building plans show spaces for technology used to speed customers through checkouts.
In Wall, Target started working to move into the old Kmart store. One of the largest retailers in the country, Target is developing a new 66,817 square foot retail space inside the 93,000 square foot store.
This is one of two Target stores en route. In September, the owner of Eatontown Plaza on Route 36 obtained approval to renovate a 59,653 square foot store for Target. It’s located next to Best Buy, occupying a space that was once Vingo, China Buffet and was part of Babies R Us.
David P. Willis, an award-winning business writer, has covered business and consumer news at Asbury Park Press for over 20 years. He writes the What’s Going There column on APP.com and can be contacted at [email protected] Join his What’s Going There page on Facebook for updates.