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I don’t think its been more than a year since the Glassboro K-Mart closed at the Collegetown Shopping Center on Rt 47 and already the Glassboro property has several tenants signed to take over a “split” K-Mart building, including new “pad” site tenants located in the parking lot!

Unfortunately we don’t have all the details on the tenants… and not the specifics on the large tenants moving into the K-mart building.   But we do have information on the new “pad” tenants.

K-Mart Building Redevelopment

The most interesting part is the K-Mart building will be split into THREE main front facing tenants and a fourth smaller tenant space in the back corner.  Leasing agent documents found online (Metro) indicate that all three of those larger stores are leased, and one clearly is indicated as “Signed Grocery Store Lease“.   The Metro documents show that store size as 25,000 sq ft which puts it into a smaller specialty grocery category but still seems too large for the “Aldi” type stores.. but it also seems the K-Mart building will be made slightly smaller.

The October Zoning Board minutes state that the 107,000 sq ft K-Mart building will be made 10,000 foot smaller by removing the front facade and rebuilding it back further in line with the rest of the shopping center.  That familiar K-Mart retro blocky entrance will be gone and replaced with three distinctive stores.  This is a process similar to what was done with Brooklawn’s K-Mart.

I did reach out to leasing agents and Brixmor, and received a reply from the Brixmor Corporate office who said “We can’t confirm at this time”.. so what I write below is unconfirmed

Site Plan from Metro Commercial. We added the Purple squares to indicate the new store and building locations

For the K-Mart Building I found the following descriptions.  None of these actual retailers are known.

  • Grocer on left 1/3 of store:  This is in the Metro Commercial leasing PDF clearly state “Signed Lease”, and also captioned in Brixmor doc as “GROCER”
  • Center one 1/3: Metro literature says “Signed Lease”.  The Brixmor redevelopment page lists “HOME”.  Home store (decor) stores have been expanding in our area, with retailers such as Homesense, Home Goods and others entering the market the last five years.
  • Right 1/3:  Metro Leasing lists this segment as “In Lease” and the Brixmor document lists the property as “APPAREL”

New Pad Sites: Chase Bank and Chipotle planned plus others

The Glassboro Zoning minutes offered additional details on two of the tenants coming to the parking lot area… this is probably because for the Zoning board, knowing the tenants in this new construction can help them understand the full usage (drive thru lanes) and trash disposal requirements.

There will be three new buildings with what I interpret as a total of 5 smaller tenants.

Here’s a quick summary:

  • The existing SaladWorks will move into the main shopping center
  • The 2 existing “pad” sites will be demolished.  (Payless closed, and Salad Works is moving)
  • Chase Bank: A new Chase Bank will be developed where the Payless store was.  It will have a drive up ATM but no drive thru tellers.  There will be spaces for a restaurant and another store
  • Chipotle: Where Salad Works is now, that will be demolished and a new building will support three new stores with one of them proposed to be Chipotle. Chipotle will have a pick-up window but not a drive thru

Planning and Timing

We are not aware of the full development dates, but I’ve been told construction fencing is now up on the property

The Zoning documents state:

  1. The K-Mart work will start first (rebuilding the front facade)
  2. Chase Bank Building and Salad Works (new) build out
  3. Demo of old Salad Works building and build out of the 3-4 new tenant spaces. (presumably referring to the K-mart space?)

So there is some exciting news for Glassboro in its still thriving Delsea Drive commercial district… but we don’t know all of the details.

Of course as we find things out we’ll post updates.  Looking forward to reading comments from readers (facebook) about what they know.  I heard one rumor on the Grocer plans but without confirmation I don’t want to publish just yet

CollegeTown Shopping Center
 779 Delsea Dr
Glassboro, NJ 08028

Additional store opportunities remain!  Reach out to Metro Commercial (link below) for details

Brixmor Redevelopment Page (and PDF)

Metro Commercial Leasing Page (and PDF)

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Welcome Back, where have you been? I was beginning to think the worst . . . That my favorite local news site was no longer in the know.

    1. Not gonna lie.. a part of it was laziness. ha. Driven by some changes I am working on and had gotten a slow start. So I am a million percent committed to 42Freeway.. its a ton of fun, I get awesome compliments (thank you!) and the traffic boost on post is high enough now that as long as I post regularly the google ad money is becoming “oh thats a nice part time income for something that is fun”. Hundreds of dollars so not getting rich but it helps. Point being making some adjustments to get more posts out, and also going to push for new advertisers directly on the site, and hopefully be more successful. My wife is volunteering to help out as sales for advertising! I also made a deal with a graphic designer to create web ads. (the ad part doesnt directly improve the site other than giving me more motivation to post. ha… and a lot of sites are going paywall… and that’s something I’ll never do!)

      Secondly… I have a new site effort going on. Well two but blending into one. Not counting marltonpike which is sitting. Anyway the new site reconfiguration is an extension of 42freeway and will fit into my life.. things my wife and I are already doing. More experience related. And a big portion may involve the summer shore.
      yeah sounds like more work and time (which is short supply) but when I lay everything out to folks next month I think people will see it fits.

      And lastly.. I started playing guitar. tried a couple times in my life. Picked it up again in August and went a different route, and its working. Literally have dozens of songs I am playing.

      I bet you didnt expect a complete life update. ha

      Thanks for reading and the awesome compliments! I hope to make it an exciting 2020!

      1. Would love to see a segment on the guitar playing. Curious as to what method helped you. W I would like to give it a try.

  2. I very much look forward to your reports! Please don’t stop!
    Also, can you get info about Blackwood Clementon Rd Kmart and other empty spaces on Blackwood Clenton Rd?

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

  3. Would love to to see a Trader Joe’s move in to the old K-Mart on Rt 45 in Mantua NJ. Perfect location and needed great In Gloucester County.

  4. Excited to see the changes. We really need something in the Kmart spot on 45, Mantua. I’d love to see Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or Wegmans in there. A different place to shop besides ShooRite and Acme.

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