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Saker ShopRite May Open in October at Dover Mall

Company officials say new store will create 300 jobs

The big yellow signs along Routes 166 and 37, one of the most traveled intersections in town, tell of things to come: a Super ShopRite, to be exact.

Saker ShopRite plans to open a new "state-of-the-art" supermarket in the Dover Mall, according to Ed Turkot, Senior Vice President of the company.

"The store will bring nearly 300 jobs to Toms River-- we look forward to having a positive impact on the community. Saker ShopRites have a longstanding tradition of serving the needs of its loyal customers in Ocean County," he said in an email.

Matt Casey of Matthew P. Casey & Associates studies the local market, offering advice to retailers in the pharmacy and supermarket industries.  He says that, while other stores continue to struggle, ShopRite's decision to open a new location is not a surprise. 

"The chain is much stronger than most. They have a low price image with their customers, and they offer big stores with great services and amenities," he said in a telephone interview.

The l , closed for more than a decade, as a self-standing grocery store with Spirits Liquors, toward the back of the property, which is where the will be rebuilt. As part of the construction, the old supermarket was completely torn down last week.

According to Casey, ShopRite's new location shouldn't really affect their nearby stores., or competing supermarkets. A Super Foodtown sits across the street on Route 37.

"At one time that store (Route 37's Foodtown) was one of the highest volume grocery stores in the state,” Casey said. “That intersection has proved to be a good place for a store, so it makes sense that they'd want to get into that territory."

The Saker Family of stores began in 1916 in Freehold with a single grocery store before developing its first supermarket in 1956. Saker ShopRites, Inc. now owns and operates 27 supermarkets throughout central New Jersey, such as the Brick and Lakewood ShopRites in Ocean County.

Perlmutter ShopRites exist at Fischer Boulevard in Toms River and at Colonial and Route 70 in Manchester.

The Dover Mall ShopRite is expected to open in October, according to Township Councilman George Wittman, in his report as a member of the Planning Board during a recent council meeting.

Carol Aller April 06, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Amen omad!! I buy free range/non-antibiotic chicken and organic also, so I agree. Does anyone know what other stores will be in the front section of the property?
Carol Aller April 06, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Sorry La rue and Julie. No Trader Joes or Wegmans will be built anywhere near the new Shoprite for obviously reasons, or anywhere else in Toms River for that matter. I checked with Trader Joe's and they already have a two year expansion plan and Toms River isn't part of it! I even pointed out a perfect location....the empty TJ Maxx on Hooper where there isn't a grocery store in sight! But they said no. Maybe everyone should bombard their web site with requests so I'm not the only one doing that! So go to it guys! Maybe if we are relentless, THEY will relent! =)
Carol Aller April 06, 2011 at 03:29 PM
I heartily agree. I attended council meetings for a very long time and spoke at mostly all of them, to deaf ears and only getting 'yes'd to death' by the council. It became an excercise in futility and stressfully frustrating that nothing I had to say was REALLY taken serioulsy. Why? Because you are right. It's always the same handful of people so they 'expect' it from the few. The room is never filled with 'concerned' residents. I tried and tried to get people to come out, but what I found was a lack of trust,(well founded ) cynicism, kids are in sports, don't get home from work until late, lack of time, etc.
Julie April 06, 2011 at 09:46 PM
I have repeatedly requested Ocean County as a location for Trader Joe's and Wegman's for several years now. Last time, I made the request with Trader Joe's, I was told there wasn't anymore locations being planned in the state of New Jersey. Then Shrewsbury opened. As far as township meetings, been there done that. It does fall on deaf ears. I have a theory on that. It is simple. "They have a plan". lol
chris kenny August 12, 2011 at 07:36 PM
never say no to growth, jobs, and added value to relastate! That's what new business will do for a struggling community.

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