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New Grocery Store Preps Old Pathmark Location

Weis Market begins preparation work to open fourth New Jersey store.

Sunbury, Pa.-based Weis Markets is preparing the former Pathmark store in Hillsborough to re-open as the company's fourth New Jersey location sometime later this year.

"We have two locations scheduled to open in the first half of the year, and two later in the year," company spokesman Dennis Curtin said.

He couldn't confirm which group the Hillsborough store is in, but noted the company is planning a "multi-million dollar project" to "bring it up to our standards," and to have the decor and store layout match the company's trademark appearance.

Weis Markets operates 163 stores in five states, including 25 in Maryland, 11 in upstate New York and three currently open in New Jersey (Hackettstown, Newton and Franklin Borough in Sussex County). Curtin said the stores are full-service grocery stores, with a focus on freshness and quality in its produce, seafood and meat departments.

"We think we have exceptionally fresh departments," Curtin said.

Curtin added the store will offer prepared foods, as well.

"There are some customers who come in at the end of the day, who might not know what they are going to have for dinner," Curtin said. "Those people could end up at a restaurant, or they can take something home."

He said the company competes in many different markets, successfully going up against larger companies by focusing stores on their local markets.

"We know the difference, so we might have a product in a New Jersey store that we won't have in our Hazelton (Pa.) store," Curtin said.

The company is in its 100th year. 

donna January 10, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I mind having to shop at Shoprite its always crowded not the very clean. and the checkout is always jammed packed. Stop and shop is over priced and not much of a selection so I'm glad Weis markets is opening !
WD40 January 10, 2013 at 05:19 PM
This is good. Shop Rites a dump ... Hopefully they will be competitively priced and they should do well. Looking forward to checking them out.
AcTwisted January 10, 2013 at 05:55 PM
we live at the north end of town by Dukes, & we love the new ShopRite in Somerville. great store!!
Joan Biondi January 10, 2013 at 05:58 PM
What is KATC's problem. "another grocery store" is not Hillsborough's problem, what is at issue are all the other empty store fronts that already exist. You should be happy that the Promenade is now once again filled and that makes the tax collector very happy.
Curt Carnes January 10, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Nothing works better for the consumers’ advantage than competition. Bring it ON!
LisaD January 11, 2013 at 04:19 AM
Not too excited about this no-name supermarket. It's better than the location being vacant, but the town needs a Whole Foods, not another Shoprite wanna-be (like Stop & Shop). But I doubt that we have the appropriate demos for Whole Foods.
Mark January 11, 2013 at 01:17 PM
What a waste?? Would you rather see that property sit empty?? Or look at the KMart tenants.... oh that's vacant too, just like Cost Cutters. Look at all the empty property along roads in NJ and I think it is good for a new merchant to come in. Manvill has NO supermarkets so those folks have to come to Somerville or Hillsborough to shop. BRAVO for Weiss.
Steve January 11, 2013 at 03:26 PM
We miss having the Pathmark there, it will be nice to have a supermarket there again.
KATC January 11, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Pathmark went out of business because no one ever shopped there, including the residents of Manville. I agree with LisaD we need something more up to date like a Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Another grocery store is not going to bring in any new business. We might as well put in another bank or gas station. We need a store that the neighboring towns don't have. We have all these empty stores because we wait for businesses to look for us. We need to be more proactive and find the businesses that will help this town prosper. Filling the space with just anything is a waste of time and money.
sammy January 11, 2013 at 06:43 PM
KATC said this...Another grocery store...what a waste of real estate! then the meds kicked in and said we need Whole Foods or Trader Joes. too funny. BTW, look at the two of them and can you tell me where they are located and why? DUH!!!!
centurion January 11, 2013 at 07:16 PM
"We have all these empty stores because we wait for businesses to look for us. We need to be more proactive and find the businesses that will help this town prosper. Filling the space with just anything is a waste of time and money." Isn't that the job of the Hillsborough Business Advocate? What ever happened to him? Filling the store with anything is much better than having it empty. Don't like it, don't go there.
BillBalls January 11, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Camden, Trenton and Newark are looking for a couple of good grocery stores. Maybe they should go there!
S.G. January 11, 2013 at 08:30 PM
There are many reasons that ShopRite is crowded - prices, selection, friendly and helpful staff, location, etc. They are always there for community groups. And I have never noticed a problem with cleanliness.
R2D2 January 11, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Went to school in Central PA and Weis was the biggest chain there - this is very much a low-end, rural brand name. A Wegman's or Whole Foods would have been much better for the town's image (think potential real estate buyers coming to Hillsborough for the first time).
LisaD January 12, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Exactly, it's a low-end type of store. We need something better.
LisaD January 12, 2013 at 03:42 AM
Hillsborough is becoming a wasteland of vacant buildings. Weiss will be vacant in a few years. They have the same business model as the other stores that have tried to best Shoprite and failed. Shoprite is a wonderful store.
Stirlingt January 13, 2013 at 12:57 PM
We miss the Pathmark too. A&P owns both A&P and Pathmark. They were so smart that they closed both stores, one in Manville and one in Hillsborough. LisaD states that Weis is a "no name" store. I have shopped at their stores in PA and was impressed by their selections, along with the cleanliness of the facilities. Welcome to New Jersey Weis Markets.
Keith January 13, 2013 at 02:23 PM
I like Hillsboro but I often find that residents have an unrealistic view of the town. It is a nice safe mid to upper class town at best. Bringing high end retailers like Whole Foods and Trader Joes will not make it into a Princeton or Madison. Hillsboro has great schools, open space and now an affordable supermarket. Let's be happy for our improvements.
Rich January 13, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I agree. Residents also forget how clogged up 206 is and how long it takes outsiders to drive into town to shop. Most businesses in town survive on the shopping of the 38,000 residents. We are not a suitable location for a lot of high end businesses because we are hard to get to.
Deadone53 January 13, 2013 at 06:48 PM
I believe With KATC...That I detect a bit of " Manvillian" jealousy. Tell me I'm wrong.
Sly January 13, 2013 at 08:32 PM
I am looking forward to the new supermarket. TJ's would be nice as I travel at least once a month to Princeton, more frequently when I worked in Princeton. Apparently, we are not the demo for it, which I can't understand. I have plenty of friends in town who would frequent it if it were closer than Princeton. On the other hand, I don't go out of my way to get to Wegman's. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
Mutant5 January 14, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Well Said!
KATC January 14, 2013 at 06:00 PM
The problem is that we keep building "mega homes" in Hillsborough and if the retail choices don't match the needs of the new residents as well as those who have been here for years, they will go elsewhere to spend their money. We need some kind of mix. Would love to hear from someone from the township to know how we are determining what would and should do well in this area. There have got to be other towns similar to Hillsborough that we can learn from. Let's hope Weis is better than the locations I have been to in PA, very "mom & pop"
sammy January 14, 2013 at 07:31 PM
check out the owners of the mega homes now being built and bought in town. they dont care about retail choices. usually three generations of families under one roof and are not going begging for wegmans . they will be very happy with Weiss. And i ould be surprised if we get the PA version, it will be updated to sell products we want. hope they have a soup and salad bar. Shop rites SUX. lousy soup and dirty salad bar.
boromom March 13, 2013 at 04:13 PM
I agree with Keith. We do not all live in 'mega homes', nor can we afford to shop at places like Whole Foods or Trader Joes. For my family, Weis will be a welcome addition.
Angelo R. April 01, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Lisa d.. I am going to be the new manager there!!! This company is not a no name !! They have better prices then shoprite ! Go in a weis and see for your self!!
Angelo R. April 01, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Lisa D..., WRONG!! You are very ignorant this chain has 163 stores and growing ! I will be the new manager there! When it opens ! There prices are better then shoprite!.. Go in a weis and see for your self ...
Todd April 16, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Angelo where can one apply for employment?
hillsborough welcome Weis! June 11, 2013 at 09:15 PM
A sad Shop Rite Story! In June, 2013. We are very long time loyal shoppers to Shop Rite in many areas! Somerville Store: Receptionist: black lady there a few weeks ago was so indignant and rude to us during an exchange for a few small bags of candy. The cand was SOLD to us and was outdated. This CSR rep then tried to say we were taking back old candy, refused to refund our monies and then called the security. It was sold to us as legal ShopRites Candy! We immediately reported this to the Store Manager and were told to make a complaint about this Receptionist CSR and her actions. Then we were told she was doing her job?? This tookplace on a Friday Dinner hour shift. For sure..this experience was the worst most awful experience... We will not be back to Shoprite or take our people there to shop any longer! We received an apology from another store in Branchburg, NJ. and told to file a complaint. This was just terrible to a loyal customer. . We look forward to a breath of fresh air and a NEW WEIS. Congratulations! Manville, Somerville Raritan Shoppers, NJ
Steve Mardekian June 26, 2013 at 10:42 PM
What is the latest news regarding the opening of Weis Markets in Hillsborough? I got hired to work there, went to the orientation four weeks ago, and sill have not heard anything regarding training. It's a little frustrating not knowing what is going on, and I've searched extensively on the Internet for news about when it will open.

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