online listing (click "Leasing Plan"). Rumor has it they're leased by Village Super Market in anticipation of a major expansion, but this is only speculation at this point. Plus, it's been going around for several years. We'll have to wait and see whether there's any truth to it! (Another possibility is that Village would move into the former Toys R Us space and expand into the "reserved" storefronts, thus creating a supermarket that doesn't have an angled space.)
Also of note is that this store is missing the wood paneling that should have come with this decor package. Acme Style points out that the decor is very 70s-style, but that it was probably installed later. I would disagree, since by the mid-80s, Village had moved on to this decor package, seen in East Orange. Clearly that store has been updated too, around 2005, but the department signage text is original. Watchung opened under Village's ownership in 1976 (previously under a different ShopRite owner), and this decor is undoubtedly Village's. The store, if it were renovated at all, would have to have been redone between 1976 and approximately 1985. Anywho...
red plastic aisle markers, which were replaced by (slightly) newer Village Market-styled aisle markers from the Morris Plains store when it closed. The current aisle markers are probably secondhand from Garwood or another nearby Village store when their aisle markers were replaced. In Garwood, the aisle markers have been replaced, but the decor has not. Why break up a decor package like that when you have perfectly good aisle markers?
1701 US-22, Watchung, NJ
Open Daily 7AM-11PM
My Rating: ★★★☆☆