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.

gracie allen April 02, 2011 at 06:13 PM
I don't know who owns the Shop Rite on Rt 34 in Wall - Saker or Permutter - but I hope the TR store also has a 'food court' like the Wall store and similar to the OC Mall without the seating. Great to run in and get some quick take out foods of various origins. :-)
Jim George April 02, 2011 at 09:15 PM
I beleive the Wall Shoprite is owned by Saker ... Perlmutter does not own any Shoprites in Monmouth County ..
omad April 02, 2011 at 10:07 PM
I just hope it is a Super ShopRite with wide aisles and up-to-date items, such as organic produce, free range chicken, and possibly a GOOD prepared food area. We need to do something to up the anti and opportunities for really good food for this area. Even without a Trader Joe's, Wegman's or Whole Foods, if we get enough of what people are looking for these days, we will be way ahead. But we also need some different stores in the area in front of this ShopRite to lessen the need to hop on the Parkway and head to Monmouth County.
Julie April 03, 2011 at 04:54 AM
OH YES Omad!!!
Karen Ann Campbell April 03, 2011 at 10:48 AM
Stop and Shop has a great organic products variety, produce. But pricey. SR on Fischer has good prices and nice butcher items. They are however often lacking in their produce mainly fruit in quality and variety. Their organic and healthy products lines need to expanded while the junk should be second in line. Combine the two and voila. Hopefully the new Store will be able to achieve that and have better parking
Martin April 03, 2011 at 11:54 AM
I've found that Brick SR has higher prices than the 1 in TR, and new one has same owner as Brick. That means my fave will be a little less crowded, starting in Oct.
LA RUE April 03, 2011 at 12:05 PM
Julie April 03, 2011 at 01:18 PM
Has anyone had a meal at whole foods? Now we are talking. It is amazing and guess what...HEALTHY! You go LaRue. I am so pleased to discover that I am not the only one in Toms River that desires quality groceries. Food is important. It is a necessity.
omad April 03, 2011 at 01:45 PM
Wow, feel like I started something here and I'm lovin it. Just think, if all our comments were actually printed in the Press; we could start a revolution right here in Toms River!!!!! Might wake those politicians and businesses up. If so many of us responded on this site, there are surely many, many more out there with the same hopeful outlook for change. Moved to the area a lot of years ago and then left for 25 yrs working all around the world. When I returned and saw those nasty old buildings in and around the intersection of 37 and 166, it was rather disillusioning. Hope spring eternal for a renewed Toms River.
Martin April 03, 2011 at 02:23 PM
Forget the Press. Newspapers are dying. At least as many people get their news here on Patch, and it's more up-to-date, local and comprehensive. There have been similar sentiments here about the sad condition of Rt. 37 for a long time. The Press merely repeats the tired, old crap from the TR politicians. Look what that's allowed for decades on the highway to Snooki. A vote for Keleher is a vote for more tattoo parlors in decrepit buildings.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) April 03, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Thanks for the compliment and, of course, for reading Toms River Patch. We appreciate it!
Martin April 03, 2011 at 03:29 PM
I should know. I'm a former newspaper editor. Keep up the good work.
Pat Kelly April 03, 2011 at 05:06 PM
How about all of you that are commenting here about the food store and the way that the Dover Mall looked and the way that Route 37 looks stop doing you complaining here and come to a Council meeting.You might be surprised to see that there are a few members of the public that are trying to change the way that this town looks and most importantly trying to stop the tax levy that is up coming. Perhaps if they (the mayor and council) saw more that just the few of us that show up every couple of weeks they would be doing the work of the town and not the work that is going to get them re-elected.
LA RUE April 03, 2011 at 06:23 PM
thanks julie! i'm sure if we chipped away at the stone, we would find there are a lot more of us out there than we think.read these comments!!! may-be together we can all start to turn around t.r. so it will be able to compete with other towns of stature, or at the least....be respected by other towns and counties in n.j.
Martin April 03, 2011 at 11:31 PM
To those of you who can attend -- Please print out and bring copies of these Patch comments to the mayor and council on behalf of us who are working 2 jobs to pay our taxes (because TR can't attract commercial ratables to help control the burden on homeowners). Feel free to quote anything I've written. I'm sure the other commenters will give you permission, too. We complain because we want our community to be better than it is. Building-code enforcement, for example, should be the job of the public servants we pay for. Fining the owners of run-down Rt. 37 property owners would get them to fix up, and also add to the township's treasury. Or are the slumlords donating to re-election campaign funds so the twp. will leave them and their properties alone?
theresa April 04, 2011 at 01:23 PM
I would like to know how I can apply for work there? Can anyone help :) Thanks
Diane Clayton April 04, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Theresa, it seems that many businesses use only an online application process. You may wish to try that as a first step. You may also want to call the Shop-Rite in Wall, which I believe is owned by the same family that is opening the new one. If you don't have access to a computer at home, there is free computer access at the library. Good luck! (If anyone has better/more informed info than I do, please post it!!) :)
Martin April 04, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Call Brick SR (same owner) and ask for no. of corp. HR, then call regarding new hires for TR.
walt tupycia April 04, 2011 at 08:46 PM
pathmbuy ark is getting very expensive 3 dollars for ahead of lettuce.they have new scam the put managers specials on all the products look at the price before you buy. example chicken breast 4.99 managers special 2.99 date code.
walt tupycia April 04, 2011 at 08:47 PM
a p owns pathmark very expensive
walt tupycia April 04, 2011 at 08:50 PM
there are many manger special stickers this is a scam look at the price first manager sticker is higher than regular price beware
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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