After an ill-fated attempt by Corrado’s Market, a North Jersey-based specialty supermarket, to populate the former Pathmark store in the Laurel Square shopping center, the plaza’s owner is still intending to anchor a grocery store at the site.
Brick Mayor John Ducey said this week that Brixmor Property Group, the owner of the shopping center located between routes 70 and 88 in the northern portion of town, provided an update on the site during a recent town hall meeting. The space where Pathmark was located will be taken up by two tenants – an Ashley Furniture store as well as an unnamed grocery store.
“They’re leasing agent is negotiating with a grocery store, but they have not disclosed what it is,” said Ducey. “I assume they want to get whoever it is signed up, and they’ll make a big announcement.”
Rumors have been floated that a Monmouth County-based Italian specialty supermarket, Livoti’s Old World Market, was considering the site for a new location, however the rumors have not been confirmed. Brixmor did not reply to a request for comment.
Last month, Brixmor purchased a liquor license that had previously been reserved by Corrado’s for $575,000 – the same price as Corrado’s would have paid. Presumably, the license – which allows for retail sales of packaged goods – will be held for a future tenant.
Ducey also said there was no word on a future tenant for the former Fin’s tropical-themed restaurant in the Laurel Square plaza.
“We tried to get Cracker Barrel to take a look, but there wasn’t enough parking for them since Provident Bank was open back then,” he said. “Since the bank moved, they haven’t come back to take a look at it.”
Shorebeat will report back with any updates from Brixmor, should they make any announcements.