Five Below to open in Seaview Square Shopping Center this month

By Dave Schatz

Ocean Township - Five Below is opening a store on June 28th in Seaview Square Shopping Center on Route 66, according to window signs at the site.

The 10,000 square foot outlet, which is being built out right now, is next door to the A.C. Moore on one side and a Hand & Stone franchise on the other. 

“Hiring Party!" signage states that the retailer held all day long “on the spot interviews” from May 31 to June 2, and on May 25.

The Five Below is a brief walk from the Target in the center, walking toward the front of the adjacent, now vacant, Sears building. But the freestanding Sears structure is not owned by Wharton Realty Group, the owner of Seaview since 2012.

Presently there is an 18,000 square foot space available for lease on the left hand side of Jersey Strong Gym (facing the front of the fitness center).

As Ocean's largest strip-mall, Seaview in 2019 could represent a rarity among US shopping malls when it serves as home to four TJX brands. 
According to…

New Brunswick Superfresh closes shop

By Dave Schatz

New Brunswick  - The Superfresh located at Wellness Plaza shuttered on Saturday, June 1.

Following an extended struggle to survive and unpaid back rent of $737,000, as of April 25, the business could not work it out with New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA), after all.

While the amount owed to NBPA, which owns the space it leased to Kevin Kim of Flushing, NY-based, Kumkang Fruit and Vegetable Corporation to operate the grocery and liquor store was striking, Kim recently told NJ Retail News he wasn't giving up.

“We are working very, very diligently to survive day and night – seven days,” said Kim on May 13, adding that his business was "current and okay." 

Kim, who could be found at the store daily in its final days, noted that in the 5-years of running it, “lost a lot of money" but would never "give up.”

“These days I am here everyday to re-set store," wrote Kim in an email to NBPA's executive director, Mitch Karon, according to emails rev…

Marlboro Food Emporium build-out resumes: owner

By Dave Schatz
Marlboro - Earlier this summer, on July 19, NJ Retail News caught up with Joe Doleh, the man responsible for bringing a long awaited supermarket back to the site of the former A&P in the Marlboro Shopping Center, but has unfortunately faced recent construction delays. 
Asked at that time for an update, Doleh, who owns the Food Emporium, said he was: “Waiting on the roof to be completed and closed before we can start working inside,” adding all was good, though it would likely take as long as six more months to finally open.

On August 7, Doleh said the roof should be “finished in two weeks and we’ll be starting on the interior next Monday.”

NJRN fired back: Any idea when you’ll open and do you expect any other delays?

“I don’t have a date for completion yet; I need to check with the subcontractors. I should have a better idea when they start working,” responded Doleh. “Hoping not to expect any obstacles.”

NJRN caught up with Doleh again on August 25:

Q: Can you provide…

Second floor office space for lease on Rt. 9 North at Casino Drive in Howell cannot be subdivided

'Very clean, neat, back-office space,' says owner, while tags it a 'creative loft'

Howell - Nestled upstairs, above Future Pharmacy and Medical Supply, is a 2,000 square foot office for rent in an older center on Route 9 North and Casino Drive, sometimes called 7-Eleven plaza.

The owner of the strip mall, Realtor, David Pivnick, is asking $2,250 per month for the space ($1.13/sq. ft./month), which he said is below market rent.

But he said it was not possible to subdivide the space since it only has one, single, private entrance.

"It would be almost impossible to split it up," said Pivnick.

He said it was listed on

"The address is 975 Route 9 North -- you'll see our listing," which includes pictures of the inside. It's a very clean, neat space, he noted, indicating a type of "back-office space" because it's on top of the pharmacy and the entrance is around the back of the building.

Pivnick feels the rent…

Kohler Signature Store in Paramus on Route 17 North

General Plumping Supply has 9 other design showrooms in the Garden State
By Dave Schatz

Paramus - This spacious Kohler showroom opened at the end of last year and General Plumbing Supply (GPS) has been busy since then adding additional displays, according to Elisabeth Woomer, a lively saleswoman. 
"From lighting, to faucets and sinks to showers, cabinets and countertops, your inspiration is our mission," reads GPS literature. 
While GPS lists "designer showrooms" in Edison, Morris Plains, Bayonne, Hawthorne, Orange, Bergenfield, Matawan, Lakewood, and Green Brook on a broshure, it also has "additional locations" in Ridgefield, Union, Middletown, Dover, and Tenafly. But the Paramus location is not listed on the broshure yet. 
"For years, we've partnered with the most trusted manufacturers - from Kolher, Moen, and Grohe to KraftMaid," adds the broshure. 
And the shop is right next door to the Suburban Diner.

According to the Website, Woomer, on…