Lots of things happening in the Delsea Drive Commercial Corridor of Glassboro! As we previously reported, the former K-Mart building is being transformed into 3 new major tenants; LIDL, Big Lots and Ross Dress For Less! The first store scheduled to open is Big Lots, which is relocating from across the street. They posted an opening date of October 1st.
Big Lots and Ross
Big Lots sits in the center of the completely redesigned storefront of the former K-Mart and is the first to open. From our perspective, the next in line to open is the Ross store (on the right end). While the Ross signage is not up, it appears the interior construction is complete and workers are readying the store for an early Fall opening. They are advertising for positions.
LIDL, Chase & Chipotle
The store with the longer lead time… and probably the most anticipated… is LIDL grocery. We peeked into the windows today and they still have a lot of interior work to do. Metal framing studwalls can be seen, unfinished floors. It’s possible that this portion of the construction can move fast, but after that all of the store shelving, refrigerators, bakery ovens etc have to be brought in… as well as the merchandise. We think and hope they will be open for the Holiday season, but can’t find any dates from LIDL
In the parking lot of the same Collegetown Shopping Center is a new Chase Bank, which is rapidly taking shape. The core structure of the building is standing, and workers were busy on a nice fall Saturday finishing up the non-brick portions of the facade. Chase is on a growth spurt in our area, increasing their retail presence. They have another new location in Cherry Hill.
Also planned for the front “pad” sites is a Chipotle restaurant. We saw additional construction taking place near the Saladworks building, and can only assume that it is the Chipotle location. Not too far away in Washington Township, another Chipotle location opened just this week.
Kudos to the folks at property owner Brixmor who have done an amazing job in quickly transforming the closed K-Mart with some quality retail tenants, and then as a big bonus… a new Chase Bank and Chipotle! Brixmor also owns the Washington Township “Walmart” Shopping Center, which has also seen a number 0f new tenants this year!
LIDL recently won approval to build a location in Gloucester Township on the Black Horse Pike. Both Glassboro and Gloucester Township made it into a LIDL press release regarding “50 stores to open before end of 2021”
Save-A-Lot Glassboro is Closing
We heard this news from one of our readers, so we stopped by today after checking up on Big Lots/LIDL/Ross… and yes it is true; Glassboro’s Save-A-Lot store is closing. A simple sign on the window announces they are closing and the last day is September 30th. The are directing shoppers to their other location on Blackwood-Clementon Road.
The Glassboro Save-A-Lot is adjacent to the property which was previously the bowling alley. The bowling alley was demolished to make way for additional parking for Matt Blatt dealership, but a real estate sign indicates they are looking to develop it?
We don’t know the details of the Save-A-Lot closing, but can only assume that the upcoming opening of LIDL played a role…especially when this area also has an Aldi and Shop-Rite!
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.
Over at Franco's Place in Westmont New Jersey, you can get a Gobbler Panzarotti... yes Turkey, Stuffing and Cranberry sauce in a deliciously crisp fried panzarotti, on and pour on the Turkey gravy! This is the Original Tarantini Panzarotti... Gobbler style! Taking the Thanksgiving "Season" to a whole knew level! We have a video taste testing tour at the bottom of the article... click the image below! And if you are wondering "what is a panzarotti?"... well it's a South Jersey staple and we explain that also!
The October 22nd Monroe (Williamstown) Township Planning Board meeting will be reviewing a request to open a Medical Cannabis dispensary on the Black Horse Pike at the Berlin-Cross Keys Rd intersection, on the left side of the building which also houses Tires Plus.