Dover Mall or Crossroads Center?

What's up with the name of the plaza on Route 166 and 37?

Forever, it's been .

But with the ongoing construction at the plaza, corner of , last month a new plaza sign emerged calling it Crossroads Center. Tenants ShopRite, Staples and Spirits Unlimited Liquors — their names will grace the tall signage with "Crossroads Center" at the top.

The developer, Dan-D, owned by the D'onofrio family, said the name of the mall is being changed to reflect the fact that the town is no longer known as Dover Township, but as Toms River Township.

"Routes 37 and 166 are a crossroads, so that is the reason for calling it Crossroads Center," said a secretary who relayed comment from one of the D'onofrios.

As for the old sign that served as the movie marquee for the Dover Mall theater, it will likely be thrown away, the secretary relayed.

But we're wondering what you think of the name? What do you plan to call the plaza — Dover Mall or Crossroads?

Karen Walters October 25, 2011 at 09:13 PM
Because of the heavy traffic problems that currently exist and that will even grow more I vote for calling it the "Bottle Neck Mall"
Eggs-n-Toast October 25, 2011 at 10:16 PM
Shop-Rite Plaza would have worked. That's what everyone is waiting for anyway- the newest, biggest shop-rite in the area.
Junebug Spade October 25, 2011 at 10:53 PM
you guys need to relax... they have plans to fix the roads to ease the traffic!
Susan October 25, 2011 at 11:45 PM
May as well leave it Dover Mall; same old stuff, just prettier face. Don't know why we couldn't get in a Wegmans or Whole Foods, or a Williams Sonoma or Pottery Barn or a decent restaurant... Staples, ShopRite and Spirits.. same old stuff... no need to go there.. can get it all on any corner...
. October 26, 2011 at 01:02 AM
I wouldn't go to that mall if they paid me. I have a Shop Rite on Fischer and avoid it at all cost. I like the new Stop & Shop in Brick.
john October 26, 2011 at 02:20 AM
May as well leave it Dover Mall; same old stuff, just prettier face. Don't know why we couldn't get in a Wegmans or Whole Foods, or a Williams Sonoma or Pottery Barn or a decent restaurant... Staples, ShopRite and Spirits.. same old stuff... no need to go there.. can get it all on any corner... because of all the old people they do not have the extra money to spend on good fresh food from places like whole foods look at ar county pouplaition 60 % or better over 65 yrs old
john October 26, 2011 at 02:23 AM
No Name 9:02pm on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 I wouldn't go to that mall if they paid me. but you probly do every day cutting the corner on your way to the parks way than move to brick
Catherine Galioto (Editor) October 26, 2011 at 02:41 AM
If you put it up for a referendum vote!
Richard J. Thomas October 26, 2011 at 11:24 AM
Why don't you move to Monmouth county? Then you can buy decent food and go to a decent restaurant. Bet you can't afford it. Idiot !
Ken G October 26, 2011 at 11:47 AM
Crossroads is a very stupid name. I still call it the Dover Mall, but i could care less about the name. As long as that old eyesore doesnt return and we get some good stores.
michael la vecchia October 26, 2011 at 11:47 AM
they can call it anything they want because they are improving our town with their own money. How long have we had to look at the closed decaying buildings and lots? lets not forget the burnt out buildings across the street? how long till that was removed? so finally a developer steps up, and we have a problem with him changing a name? GET A LIFE
Eggs-n-Toast October 26, 2011 at 12:11 PM
The Shop-Rite on Fischer has the crappiest parking lot, with narrow car lanes, not enough exits and entrances, and certainly not enough spaces.
Shelly October 26, 2011 at 12:18 PM
Why anyone would attempt to shop there baffles me! There are a ton of food stores, staples, and liquor stores that you can go to in Toms River and not have to battle the horrific traffic that you are going to have to deal with at the new site. We need stores that we don't already have on every street corner! A book store would be a great idea since the Borders is gone and the bookstore at the mall is gone. The nearest book store is on Brick Blvd in Brick and it's a hike for anyone living in Toms River. Guess I'll have to continue to buy my books in Costco and BJ's. UGH!
Eileen October 26, 2011 at 12:18 PM
D'onofrio has owned that property all along. THEY are the reason that it was neglected for all those yrs. People are entitled to their opinion. In time, I hope the same thing does not happen to this mall as well. They've owned a LOT of bldgs in this area and with the exception of Old Time Tavern, they all are/were run down & neglected. I never got the impression that they did anything "for the town". They are business people concerned w/ the bottom line only, imo. Nice thought though. I know those type of business ppl exist, I've seen it. Just not in Toms River.
Mattie October 26, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Get a Kindle, buy books from the comfort of your own home. :-) As for shopping at the new Shop-Rite, you just have to figure out when the peak traffic times are and avoid them. I have no problem going food shopping after 7-8 PM when the seniors are at home (thankfully!), and most other people are having dinner or whatever.
1stcav October 26, 2011 at 01:20 PM
Eileen; that's what happened to Foodtown on Fisher, landlord wouldn't fix the roof leaks in FT, and said oh you won't move your established here, and were going to raise your rent also...so their...& FT said BYE !!!! And it's empty & going to remain that way as others are going to leave this dead ctr.....it's dull and empty NOW...
. October 26, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Don't assume that I break the law and cut through a mall that I don't even travel near each day. I don't even drive on the parkway on a regular basis. I have never shopped in that mall in my life as it is not convenient for me and see no reason to start now and quite honestly, that is my business, My family has paid taxes in Toms River for over 50 years and I have no intention of moving to Brick or any other place. I suggest that you keep your comments from being so personal. I can have my opinion of the new mall as everyone else. Just because I like a store in another town doesn't mean I want to live there! You are the one complaining that we should have different stores, not me!
Shore Skeptic October 26, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Don't hold your breath for any over-priced home goods stores opening anytime soon. We're still in a recession, and haven't hit bottom yet.
. October 26, 2011 at 02:46 PM
I still miss the old Foodtown. It was so convenient. It is a shame what has happened to that mall.
marcy October 26, 2011 at 04:17 PM
i so agree with you Susan. One more Staples or Petco and I'm gona throw up.
marcy October 26, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Oh Come on. Every store in this area is PACKED with people who spend money. Old people or not people love a place to go and shop and they will.
marcy October 26, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Toms River could definitely use a book store. I am so sick of traveling to Brick to Barnes and Noble. I hate spending my money in Brick!! Toms River is our town.
marcy October 26, 2011 at 04:29 PM
I don't miss that cruddy Foodtown. It was always like a morgue (no people) and the music they played in there made me want to run out as fast as I could. Also bought some sour milk there on more than one occasion. Shoprite on Fischer has always been my store. I know parking is a pain, but thats why I park further away and then I don't have to battle the parking prom ble. You have to walk a little.
Al Harbord October 27, 2011 at 02:16 AM
I can't believe all the negative comments for what is going to be an improvement to what had become an eyesore at that intersection. As for the traffic, there is no where in Toms River that you can go today where there is no traffic. I have been around long enough to have seen hundreds of changes in Toms River. From a 2 lane highway 37 to it's current 6 lanes. But that is what progress and the influx of people has done. I worked in the original Shoprite in the Dover Mall as soon I turned 16 in 1962. Toms River will always have a special place in my heart but, it's not the town it used to be, it's the city you have made it. I'm not always happy about it either but the good old days are what we make it today.
Al Bundy October 27, 2011 at 04:41 AM
Can't wait for the Shop Rite to open cause they will have the cigars like Brick. Great value and lots of promotions. But JJ Cigars should come back but rent will be too high and no small stores to be build.
WhyohWhy October 27, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Amen Michael !
bayway mike October 27, 2011 at 06:32 PM
I do not understand all of the criticism of Mr.D. He owns all this proprerty and EMPLOYES many people. And jobs is what this area needs. I say 'WELL DONE Mr.D.'.. I'm going to look for employment at the 'NEW CROSSROADS CENTER', wouldn't YOU if you were looking for a job?
BN October 27, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Hope it doesn't wind up like "Jackson Crossing"...stores closed down already.
Mary October 28, 2011 at 03:41 PM
I agree with Lorraine! Also, please make sure police and ambulance are standing by.
Mary October 28, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Does anyone know the opening date for Shop Rite?


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