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Out with the Old ShopRite

In with the new ShopRite, at the Dover Mall. Supermarket may open in October, councilman says.

Cleanup in aisle everything.

The demolition of the Dover Mall's longest-vacant property began mid-March, with the long-shuttered ShopRite and Spirits Liquors store in the back of the mall.

By this week, the supermarket was a pile of rubble, awaiting construction equipment to cart it off and level the ground for a new ShopRite in its place.

At a recent township council meeting, Toms River Councilman and Planning Board member George Wittman announced that the ShopRite was planning a late October grand opening.

A free-standing location, the new ShopRite would again be separate from the portion of the plaza facing Route 37, instead being accessible from Route 166, according to plans on file at township offices.

The Spirits Liquors that used to be attached to the ShopRite would become its own free-standing location, to be built where a small furniture store (formerly a shoe store) stood along the Route 37 portion of the plaza.

The area is gated behind a chain link fence but vehicles can still drive through the back half of the property.

Toms River Patch visited the site during the March demolition of ShopRite and caught a glimpse of the process, inside and out. Check out the attached photos of the demolition.

MIC April 01, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Yeah the traffic will only get worse upon the opening, wish they had planned that portion out a bit more. if anything should be saved its the old Lowes sign still standing.
Catherine Galioto April 01, 2011 at 11:03 PM
We were there March 16 and then two days ago. Did we just miss each other?
gracie allen April 02, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Can't wait for Shop Rite to open. Rt 166 entrance might be a little tricky especially if having to make a left turn into the parking lot. Hope the parking situation is better than the store on Fischer Blvd. And, yes, I agree the pictures of the demo were great.
marcy April 03, 2011 at 12:36 AM
Appreciate all the updates. Thanks guys.
DAVE 865 April 13, 2011 at 12:44 AM
Do they intend on closing off the route 37 enterance/exit ? From what I have read, it sounds like the only in and out will be off route 166, anyone have any other information on this?

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