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Tell Us: Will ShopRite Be Successful at Former Foodtown Location on Route 35 in Hazlet?

Where one corporate grocery store failed, another intends to open.

ShopRite intends to open their doors at the location of the old Super Foodtown on Route 35 in Hazlet, according to a report by the Asbury Park Press

Foodtown was opened in 2009, making it one of 10 Foodtown stores in Monmouth and Ocean counties operated by the Azzolina and Scaduto families. When they closed their doors in February 2012, the company said intense competition and the downturn in the econmy was to blame for the store's failure to thrive.

"There's clearly a saturation of retailers in that area," said Scaduto in December 2011. "Unfortunately it did not work out."

The now-vacant building is located on Route 35 and Hazlet Avenue, next to Staples. There are several grocery stores within a mile or so, including Pathmark, Aldi, Costco and Stop & Shop.

According to the report on APP.com, ShopRite would not be ready to open for several months. 

Tell us: Do you think ShopRite will be more successful than Super Foodtown? Is there a need for a food store in that area?

LGA March 25, 2013 at 09:41 PM
I loved shop-rite when I lived Matawan. When I moved to Middletown I tried to shop at the Middletown store, but who the heck designed that parking lot? Its like a demolition derby in there and you can't make a right turn here or a left turn there? Its horrible so i never went back. I shopped at the Foodtown because the parking was easy and the store was never crowded(guess that's why it closed) Id go back if it was a Shop-rite as long as they don't screw up the parking.
Mr. F April 07, 2013 at 07:21 PM
With the shoprite moving to 35 leaves yet another vacant store spot on 36. I honestly would not be surprised if stop and shop relocated to the old foodtown/bradless plaza on 36 (stop and shop owns the property) from the keyport site on 35/36. The new hazlet store will take business away from stop and shop keyport and aberdeen. The shoprite in middletown will take a hit, which is a good thing. The business in that store is crazy and having a new hazlet store will tone it down but its the same company so no money is lost from competitors. The pathmark next door will take a huge hit, probably enough to close that location. The aps in matawan and holmdel will also be affected as well.
Al Hartman June 09, 2013 at 11:02 PM
I have to agree that the existing store is small and dirty. The parking lot is awful. I wish they had just torn down the store and rebuilt, or moved just a little further west to the empty store next to the Wawa on 36. This new location is much further away from where I live in Keansburg. It looks like I'll be shopping at locations closer to me, as for me that was why I patronized that location. I hope they do well, but it will be mostly without me.
Al Hartman June 09, 2013 at 11:55 PM
There is a Foodtown on 36 further east in Middletown. Maybe some other company will buy the location, raze the existing structure and put up something new and clean. I keep hearing rumors that a Walmart is going to be built on 36 near Poole Avenue (the location of the former Holy Family School?). The Walmart on Route 9 is too far away, and to difficult to get to. When I lived in Philadelphia, I lived near three Walmarts and shopped there almost exclusively.
Darlene Bost June 10, 2013 at 12:25 AM
I've heard the rumors about Walmart also but I'm not sure Holy Family School is big enough. That's what prevented Walmart from building in the old Foodtown/Bradlees location and Frank's Nursery. They only want to put up Super Walmarts now since they've done the mandatory 10 years of having none in New Jersey (imposed by the state because Walmart is non-union and all the other supermarkets are in some part unionized). I worked for Walmart and although they do have consistently low pricing, most of it is from China and they treat their employees as second class citizens. Their overnight staff is almost exclusively non English speaking employees on Food Stamps (I worked the register and had first hand knowledge plus I ate in the lunch room with them as they force everyone to go to lunch at the same time with the exception of those on register - they take turns). I had someone come to me at the register with a forlorn look and asked if I spoke English because he couldn't get any help from those on the floor. If you want to be a 24/7 operation you have to make an effort to accommodate people, even those that speak only English :-) JMHO.

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