Opened: coming soon
Previous Tenants: Food Fair > Pantry Pride > Drug Fair > Walgreens
Cooperative: Key Food Stores
Location: 2625 CR-516, Old Bridge, NJ
Photographed: August 21, 2022ShopRite, the ACME, the Garden Farm, and a former ACME. Much of the business is centered around the US-9 corridor, but there are other pockets of small business districts on other roads. We're here in the Browntown area on county route 516 -- just about a mile west of route 9 -- at the Old Bridge Town Center, formerly the Browntown Shopping Center. Around 25,000 square feet of anchor space has been taken over by a SuperFresh owner, and the store is being prepared for opening. But after an initial November 2021 announcement, I didn't hear anything more about the store's progress. So in late August, I decided to check it out for myself.
The Food Emporium of Marlboro, an excellent store. (When I visited this one, I headed on to Marlboro to do my weekly shopping. It was wonderful.)
"wall of values" main display. (That's the Trenton Food Bazaar.) Notice a few things -- first, quite a few of these fixtures are brand-new, but others are secondhand and refurbished. New lighting is in, and I don't know about the flooring (will we get some flooring in, will this concrete be polished, or is this the final stage?). I have to assume something will be done to the floor before opening. The ceiling appears to be the Walgreens-era drop ceiling, just painted dark gray. And as for the walls, I assume something is going on them (in other words, this is not their final color) because if you look carefully, you'll see that the paint from the ceiling actually bleeds onto the walls.
Bayside, Queens, and they recently sold their other in Jackson Heights to Farm Country -- though apparently the Bayside location was sold as well. It seems like, while Wakefern has its corporate store ownership division primarily to acquire stores from members/operators, Key Food uses its corporate store ownership division primarily to establish and sell stores to members/operators. It looks like dairy and frozen will be in the last aisle, and these cases look secondhand. The front corner will be home to the store office and customer service, it seems...
It's nice to see another SuperFresh coming soon, although it remains to be seen how successful they'll be outside of their core NY metro area. I will be back once the store opens! Tomorrow, we're off to East Germantown, Philadelphia for a look at a Wakefern store here on The Market Report.