Bye Bye Ballys Deptford?  New Development Proposed. 

It was one of the first large full health clubs in the area that included a swimming pool and racquetball courts (and a 3 year contract that we all at one time were locked in to!)…  but the last few years it has sat quietly deserted, almost forgotten… on a very busy core retail road.

And if recent proposed plans come together, the 2 acre property will come to life again… but not the building.

Real Estate company Next Realty has proposed to demolish the Bally’s building, and replace it with two businesses set back 85 feet from the road.  According to Deptford Planning Board minutes of the project presented by Next Realty, a retail Tile store is a key part of the plans, and as discussed in the planning meeting they are considering a restaurant with outside seating.

I have been researching available liquor licenses in the area and I know that Deptford does have one license available, but it is allocated to another company and property.  So I was curious what type of restaurant was planned, or hopefully exactly what the restaurant was.   In an email exchange with the President of Next Realty, he commented that they have a “National Home Improvement Retailer” very interested and they are still exploring options for the remaining space, targeting a restaurant to compliment others in the area or another retail store.

A reader comment on Facebook reminded me that around the corner near the mall is a large Avalon Tile store.  With a Home Depot and Lowe’s already in the area, it will be interesting to see if the Tile store plans hold-up.

While it’s good to see the amazing streak of great new projects continue for the Deptford retail area and to see new life for the property, I have to admit I was hoping the Bally’s location would see life again as a health club.  At one time the property was even owned by the LA Fitness company after they bought out Bally’s assets, but apparently the Deptford location was not on their radar and they sold it to Next Realty, who also owns the Best Buy property next door.  Considering how popular the Deptford area is right now, it is surprising one of the newer larger gyms have not found a home around the mall area!

As I mentioned, this continues an impressive streak of new businesses for Deptford.   In the same general area there are two hotels proposed, a new development for the Freeway Diner project, Burlington Coat Factory opened, Hobby Lobby is still slated to come, and the impressive Numours Pediatric medical facility…and many, many more.   In an email exchange, Mayor Medany stated that every week there are developers and retailers contacting the Planning Board and Township in regards to locating their businesses in Deptford.  More to come…

Ballys Deptford Entrance
Ballys Deptford main entrance at the rear of the building.

6 thoughts on “Bye Bye Ballys Deptford?  New Development Proposed. ”

  1. I’m almost certain that the new premium outlets opening next month in Gloucester Twp are going to clobber the Deptford Mall. Agree??

    • I am a Deptford resident.. and I am a little worried about it. Although Deptford has the larger box stores that people really like, and the Deptford Mall is enclosed for really hot and really cold days, so maybe the two centers live happily together? I wonder about some of the smaller centers and stores.
      There is a thought that the Outlet Mall becomes a destination and PULLS MORE people to the area, with Deptford picking up a lot. Question, when you go to the outlets and want to grab a beer and dinner, where do you go? Deptford has about 12 national eateries with alchohol

  2. From what I heard. There is a BBQ chain from around the dc area called Mission BBQ that might be taking one of the proposed spots in the ballys site.

    • Thank you. I will check into this! the developer has posted renderings online and I see that fencing is up, so an update may be worthwhile.

    • Mission BBQ.. Is incredible.. Supports wounded warriors project And the food is awesome and very reasonably priced!!! Can’t wait. There is one in philly near Chickie’s and Pete’s off of Roosevelt blvd

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