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TOUR: ShopRite - Hillsborough, NJ

ShopRite of Hillsborough Owner: Robert Sumas / Village Super Market Opened:  ca. 1985 Previous Tenants:  none Cooperative:  Wakefern Food Corp. Location:  601 US-206, Hillsborough, NJ Photographed:  July 2020 The ShopRite of Hillsborough, NJ is the southernmost northern New Jersey Village Super Market-owned ShopRite. Wow, that's a really bad sentence, let's try that again. So Village Super Market, which owns a lot of ShopRites in northern New Jersey, also has some in the southernmost part of the state, but there's a big gap between Hillsborough, the farthest-south in the northern NJ group, and those along US-30 which connects Atlantic City to Philadelphia, more or less. Those include Absecon, Hammonton, Galloway, and a few others. Those are a good 65 miles south of Hillsborough, and the space is filled mostly by Saker and Perlmutter ShopRites on the east coast of the state, and Ravitz, Brown, and Saker again (and maybe others?) on the western side. Does that make any sense?

TOUR: Weis Markets - Hillsborough, NJ

Weis Markets Opened: 2013 Previous Tenants:  Pathmark Location:  315 US-206, Hillsborough, NJ Photographed:  July 2020 Pathmark was best known for its large urban locations in lower-income neighborhoods, but there were a few stores scattered throughout the affluent suburbs of New Jersey. Most of those locations closed before the chain went under, such as Livingston where the median household income is roughly $165,000, or here in Hillsborough where the median household income is $105,000. The Hillsborough Pathmark closed around the same time as Livingston, with Weis Markets (a PA-based chain) coming in to the 55,000 square foot space by 2013 . It's been a heck of a long time since we last saw a Weis, which was actually down in Boonsboro, MD in May of 2019. I've always had a fondness for Weis, but I never really caught on to doing much shopping at their stores -- partially because of the locations, but also partially because I found the product mix odd and the prices too high

TOUR: ShopRite - Branchburg, NJ

ShopRite of Branchburg Owner: Richard Saker / Saker Supermarkets Opened:  early 2000s Previous Tenants:  none Cooperative:  Wakefern Food Corp. Location:  3166 US-22, Branchburg, NJ Photographed:  January 2021 We are touring our next Saker ShopRite (the last one we just saw was in Somerville a few days ago), and by the way, this is the first one I photographed with my fancy new phone, so the pictures came out really nicely. This 67,000 square foot store might be a little smaller than some of the other Saker locations, but it's equally nice. At this point, we're pretty familiar with what Saker stores look like... Produce is on the left side of the store, with bakery in the second aisle and Chinese food and sushi at the back of that island. Cheese, deli, prepared foods, and seafood are at the back of these two aisles, with meat lining the rest of the back wall, Nutrition Center in the first two grocery aisles, and frozen/dairy in the last two aisles. Pharmacy is in the front ri