The abandoned D’Eva Designs and Furniture building, a large white edifice with water fountain which sits at the prominent “fork” intersection of Black Horse Pike and Tuckahoe Road… is planned to come down for a new, smaller retail building, according to Washington Township Planning Board approvals.
According to the Planning Board resolution and meeting minutes, Developer Provco Group of Villanova PA, was approved to demolish the building, and replace it with a smaller 6,600 square foot retail building featuring a retail space, and two restaurants… with one of the eateries offering a drive-thru.
The documents reveal that the first tenant for the new building is Panda Express. Panda Express is a fast casual Chinese food eatery with over 2,000 locations… and according to their location map there are currently none in South Jersey. Looking at their online presence it seems to have similarities to the Pei Wei chain of eateries. Update: The Courier Post reported that the last South Jersey Pei Wei closed last month in Cherry Hill, and the first South Jersey Panda Express is scheduled to open not too far away in Cherry Hill, in the Walmart shopping plaza. A Vineland Panda Express is looking at a late December opening.
The Planning Board resolution is available online (PDF) and gives a very good depiction of the project and variances.
Online leasing pages reference a few depictions for the property. At this time I am not clear on what the final layout will be.
As is the case with all of these “just approved by the planning board” projects, even though the developer has invested significant capital into this project to get it designed, and the town has approved… there is no guarantee that this will move forward. That is entirely up to the developer at this point, although all indications are this is a go.
A 42Freeway area Halloween story... on a global scale! Travel Channel's Ghost Nation starts it's new season this week featuring the Zone 13 Tattoo shop in Deptford NJ, which sits in the heart of our retail mecca behind the BJ's Warehouse! And yes... the Zone 13 Tattoo Shop is HAUNTED!
A brand new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel is close to completion on the Camden waterfront, and job opportunities appeared online this week! We don't have an exact date for their expected opening, but the online reservation system seems to allow us to book start January 1st... but that is far from official. We noticed that recently job postings for all facets of the hotel have gone online, and we linked at the bottom of the article.
Last year we were all surprised by the news that Canadian Coffee and Donut shop Tim Hortons was planning on coming to the White Horse Pike in Stratford NJ. This week the town of Stratford is boldly saying that construction will start within the week, and it will take 4 months to build. Article includes my rambling thoughts on Tim Hortons and coffee in our area.