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Goodbye, Bradlees. Hello to Spirits Liquors, Shoprite, Staples

Planning Board approves plan to put liquor store in the shuttered Oak Warehouse spot, self-standing at the front of the Dover Mall

Planning for the complete reconstruction of most of the Dover Mall was approved last night, as the Toms River Planning Board reviewed the proposed final architectural and landscaping plans.

Approved via unanimous decision, the plans entail the demolition of the current complex in favor of erecting newer buildings to take their place. Project Architect Eugene D. Wright Jr. of the Lederer & Wright Partnership and Attorney Harvey L. York presented a more concrete vision of the future Dover Mall, going into detail about the external aesthetics of the new buildings and some changes in the overall structure.

“This approval allows the D'Onofrio family to start construction with the exception of the ShopRite,” said York. “But now the big building on 166 and the little building in the front can go forward with construction.”

The property, owned by the D'Onofrio family and Dan-D, Inc., started undergoing major changes yesterday as demolition of the shut down Bradlees got underway. A new Super ShopRite will take its place, as the final architectural and landscape review for that portion of the project is slated to go in front of the planning board in the near future.

The new Dover Mall, which will be 40,000 square feet in size, will have an earthy color scheme with light shades of beige and brown covering the exterior of the buildings. The two new pylon signs scheduled to be built facing the adjacent routes saw some tweaks from the original application, as they are now slightly smaller in size. The Staples plans were also tweaked, as one of the two loading areas is being removed from the new building.

“We eliminated one of those loading areas because it just was not necessary and reconfigured the architecture of the building,” said York. “In the original application, two areas were provided.”

As currently noted on the large sign overlooking the corner of Routes 166 and 37, the Staples will remain open during the entire construction process.

“The existing Staples will remain open because they have an ongoing lease. What's being done is what's called a phased project,” said Wright. “They're going to build the new building and then once that building is complete, Staples will move into that one, allowing for the previous building to be demolished.”

Also accounted for in the plans is the destruction of the Oak Warehouse, as previous plans to renovate and maintain the building have been scrapped. Once rebuilt, the building will house a Spirits Unlimited. The closed Oak Warehouse furniture store is the self-standing building on the front of the property, facing Route 166.

The Spirits Unlimited, which more than a decade ago operated in the rear of the site next to the former Shoprite, will now be in the front of the property in the Oak Warehouse spot. “We're going to build it pretty much where it is right now but just 200 square feet smaller and make it more square, apparentl,” York said.

As it stands, the only work approved from the meeting was for the new Staples building and the shops connected to it for future tenants, as well as the Spirits Unlimited and the two new signs. Future hopes are to bring big name anchor stores to the Dover Mall, such as Best Buy or Bed Bath and Beyond.

“As additional tenants come in, they'll build new buildings. You don't want to spend a lot of money obviously and not have a tenant in this economy,” said Wright. “And obviously when you have a big project, you hope to get that major anchor. As these buildings get built, hopefully with the visibility, more tenants will come on board.”

Julie February 26, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Is that all we got...shoprite, staples and spirits - how depressing! Lets advocate a TJ's, Wegmans, Whole Foods or how about a PF Changs? Ocean County can do better.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) February 26, 2011 at 04:09 AM
It does look as though half of the spots still need tenants, however. There are seven or eight total tenant spots planned, I believe.
Joseph February 27, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Great new for a depressed area in Toms River, I just moved down to this are a year ago and facelift will indeed bring a fresh outlook to the community. A Barnes & Noble Bookstore or a Cheesecake Factory Restaurant would be a nice change to the town and bring in more jobs....
DAVE 865 March 06, 2011 at 06:23 PM
The article mentions 2 new DOVER MALL signs, does this mean the still standing DOVER MALL sign will be like BRADLEES and the theatre..........history? I hope not. Can you settle a rumor for me, I hear that part of the property, section that faces rt. 166, is going to be given to the state to widen rt. 166? Thanks.
nancy michell March 10, 2011 at 12:43 AM
WHAT TOMS RIVER NEEDS IS ALL THE OWNERS OF THE VACANT BUILDINGS TO BE BROUGHT UP TO CODE.... OUR TOWN LOOKS LIKE LOW INCOME CITY,, NO WONDER WHY NO WELL KNOWN RESTURANTS, CLASSY FOOD CHAINS, OR ANY UPSCALE BUSINESS WANTS TO PUT ANY MONEY HERE!!! LSTS SEE HOW ABOUT THE OLD JERSEY SHORE SAVINGS BANK OF RT 37 , OR THE HESS GAS STATION ON RT 37 , OR ALL THE EMPTY BUILDINGS ON RT37, THE GARBARGE ON THE GRASS MEDIAN, THE UNSITELY LIMEGREEN BUILDING, (REALLY!!) OR THAT HORRIBLE FENCE GOING ALONG RT 37...... OR HOW ABOUT THE PIECE OF PROPERTY RIGHT BY THE BRIDGE?WE NEED TO GET RID OF ALL THIS UGLYNESS BEFORE ANYONE WOULD WANT TO INVEST ANY MONEY HERE.
Not Afraid to Rant March 15, 2011 at 04:51 PM
I'm glad that a new shoprite is being built. That means less people will be at the Fischer one. I hate crowds! Then the summer comes and it gets crowded again with all the snooty summer home owners. ugh!
JUDY March 20, 2011 at 01:38 AM
SHOP RITE? REALLY?? BORING.....NOT NEEDED! THIS TOWN 'S EYE SORE IS THE MAIN THROUGHFARE FOR ALL TO SEE: RT.37! THE SHORE TRAFFIC'S' GREETING. IT'S BLIGHTED,TIRED,AND EMBARASSING. HOW POOR ARE WE?? IF NO ONE STPES UP TO THE PLATE,AND INVESTS IN PUTTING A WEGMAN'S,CRACKER BARREL ,ETC.(WHICH WILL ATTRACT A LOT OF CUSTOMERS),WE WILL REMAIN THE SAME. WHY ARE SO MANY ABANDONDED BUILDINGS ALLOWED TO REMAIN FOR SO LONG? DO WE HAVE A MAYOR? WE DO NOT NEED A SHOP RITE,LIQUOR STORE,BED BATH AND BEYOND(omg!)Please ,please.no BEST BUY.... LET''S BE UNIQUE,AND PUT SOME LIFE BACK INTO TOMS RIVER'S ALREADY TARNISHED REPUTATION! WE "AIN'T" TOO PRETTY!
JUDY March 20, 2011 at 01:44 AM
SO TRUE! GOOD POINTS. THAT UGLY BUILDING BEFORE THE BRIDGE WAS TORN DOWN...AND ANOTHER UGLY BUILDING JUST LIKE IT WAS PUT BACK! WHY? I GIVE UP. SOMEONE NEEDS TO CARE.
Sue March 21, 2011 at 10:58 PM
How about a Cracker Barrel, a B&N with a Starbucks in it, and a Chessecake Factory!! We dont have a Chessecake Factory or a Cracker Barrel anywhere around here why not !!! Also we have to travel to a B&N In Brick!! We already have a Bed Bath and Beyond and who needs a Best Buy when we have a Staples!!
MIC March 22, 2011 at 11:41 AM
im thinking instead odof a spirits a wine factory would be a better choice
. March 23, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Too many chain restaurants already. Food in chain restaurants is no more than fair.
John E March 29, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Dan and DJ D'Onofrio already have licenses to sell booze there..thats why the liquor store..they own quite a few of them in Ocean County mostly Spirits store names not Buy Rites. I agree a nice resturant there would make a bundle of money.
. March 29, 2011 at 03:27 PM
We have too many chain restaurants already in the area. Not one of them has good food.
John E March 29, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Dan and DJ D'Onofrio (the owners of the property) already have liquor licenses to sell booze at that area thats why a liquor store there. They already own quite of few Spirits stores in Ocean county not Buy Rites stores. I agree a nice resturant be nice there..make a bundle of money at that spot.
John E March 29, 2011 at 03:30 PM
ooops double post..sorry
. April 04, 2011 at 04:13 PM
If I am not mistaken, I passed by that "lime green" building and it looked like it was in the process of getting painted.
Mark K June 09, 2011 at 07:24 PM
I would love a rare resturant chain that is not common in New Jersey but only available in other parts of the country. New Jersey is always the last state to get a Super Walmart, Pizza Hut, and Sonic. Examples would be, Bun & Burger, Golden Corall, Whataburger!, Schlotzsky's, Jack In The Box, and CiCis Pizza. We still do not have a Car Max or Autonation.
Minge Ho June 14, 2011 at 11:59 PM
How about Asian Fusion (Thai,Vietnamese,Japanese,Chinese) Restaurant
Betsy Duin August 08, 2011 at 08:02 PM
To what UNION will the New Shop Rite Belong too? Would anyone know?
Karen Ann Campbell August 09, 2011 at 02:13 AM
Yes....please!
Diane Hayes September 30, 2011 at 05:11 PM
A liquor store?? Who needs that? Except for the area around the Mall, there's no decent restaurants. They tore down Old Time Tavern. How about replacing it with a good restaurant? We have to go to Brick to go to Outback or Famous Dave's or Longhorn or Chevy's Fresh Mex. We need more good places to eat in T.R. Not a liquor store! So disappointed!
Nicole September 30, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Your prayers were answered, as were mine with the new DSW on Hooper Ave! Have you been? It's wonderful!
Nicole September 30, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Which Union are you speaking? I know they have some Electricians from Local 400 there...
Dana DiStefano September 30, 2011 at 06:44 PM
A good restaurant is definitely needed in that area as there are NONE within a 3 mile radius, and I don't even count Tiffany's near Holiday Inn because it sucks. TR is always last in line when it comes to getting new, different restaurants/shops.
1stcav September 30, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Joe's Crab Shack , the Lobster place on Hooper ...well ..stinks ! You have to go to Point to get sea food at the shore . Why ????!!! in-n out Burger, five guys is a grease bucket, the amount of fries has been not so much any more !!! There are many but not any good pizza places in TR, plenty of want to be's...
Simon Larano September 30, 2011 at 10:44 PM
Does TR Patch have any updates on a solid grand opening date for ShopRite?
Anthony Sabino October 01, 2011 at 12:38 AM
I know someone who works for Wakefern in the corporate office and he told me the scheduled opening date for shop rite is December 1st
Julie October 01, 2011 at 02:15 AM
Pei Wei would be a welcome addition. For those of you that have traveled outside of Ocean County, you are aware of some great inexpensive chains (Pei Wei is a spinoff of PF Changs.
Julie October 01, 2011 at 02:17 AM
agreed...consider those that are making the decisions.
gracie allen October 01, 2011 at 08:07 PM
December 1st?!?!?!? Well, it was obvious after passing the site that October was out of the question but after seeing the trailer parked there for people to fill out job apps made me think it couldn't be that far away. I hope it doesn't get pushed back any further. I'm looking forward to shopping there.

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