The closed K-Mart being at the Toll House Plaza Center on Bridgeton Pike (rt 45) in Mantua, is proposed to become a 98,000 sq ft indoor self-storage facility. The center owners/developer will appear before the Mantua Planning Board on July 21st at 7pm, asking for “Interpretation of permitted commercial establishments allowed in a shopping center” as well as other requests.
Over in Glassboro, their K-Mart is being converted into a LIDL Supermarket, Big Lots, and Ross Dress For Less stores. Those plans came together within a year of the Glassboro K-Mart closing. The Deptford K-Mart has been a Forman Mills for a few years. The Brooklawn K-Mart center is owned by the same company that owns Mantua’s, and in Brooklawn they converted the K-Mart into multiple units, featuring a Planet Fitness gym. Other K-marts in the area remain empty, including Lawnside and Blackwood-Clementon Rd.
From the public notice
The Property is presently developed with a shopping center known as the Toll House Plaza Shopping Center. The Applicants propose a retail self-storage facility to occupy the vacant 98,451 square foot unit of the Toll House Plaza Shopping Center formerly occupied by K-Mart. The Applicants seek an interpretation of Ordinance 230-22(B)(1)(a) and 230-7[Shopping Center] to allow retail self-storage to occupy the vacant 98,451 square foot space in the Toll House Plaza Shopping Center. In the alternative, the Applicants seek a use variance pursuant to N.J.S. 40:55D-70(d) and waiver of site plan to permit a retail self-storage facility to occupy the vacant unit in the Toll House Plaza Shopping Center. The Applicants are also seeking any and all waivers, variances, ordinance interpretations, and/or any other relief which may be deemed necessary by the Township of Mantua Planning Board in order to allow the proposed use and development of the Property. At the public hearing on July 21, 2020, at 7:00 PM, when the application is called, you may appear either in person, or by agent or attorney, and present any objection which you may have to granting the application