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Weis Appears to Be Filling Pathmark Vacancy

Hillsborough may be getting a new supermarket. What are your thoughts?

Good news (hopefully)! According to the KIMCO website, it looks like Weis Markets will be moving into the last April in the Hillsborough Promenade on Route 206.

At the time of writing this blog, I had placed a call to the agent handling the property. However, I had not heard back for comment on this issue. All indications are that the KIMCO website is up-to-date regarding this particular (former) vacancy in the Hillsborough Promenade.

I had spoken to Township Committeeman Frank DelCore, and he said, “the Business Advocate office heard that this was a possibility.”

DelCore could not confirm that the lease had been signed, or if it still was in the process of being signed, but indications look like Hillsborough may be getting another supermarket and one less commercial vacancy.

As of right now, I am not sure of when Weis Markets will be opening here. The Weis Markets website does not have Hillsborough listed in its store locator database yet.  So, I suppose we’ll all have to stay tuned!

Personally, I’m thrilled to see another supermarket move into that location. It alleviates a lot of the parking and shopping congestion over by , and gives residents another choice. It’s also really nice to see another anchor store there.   When Pathmark was in that location, it was always convenient to do “one stop shopping” in the Hillsborough Promenade; get my groceries, gardening supplies (at Lowe’s), and pick up some clothes (at Kohl’s). Oh yes, of course there are many more stores in that plaza. But you know what I mean.

All I have left to say on this issue is: “Welcome Weis!”

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Laura Madsen January 12, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Here's the excerpt from my blog that talks about this specifically: “Everything all fits together,” commented Delcore in regard to how eventually, new development in Hillsborough will lead to bringing in more people from outside of town and benefiting the local economy. “With the GSA [Depot] Project, there are about 40 acres [of the 321 acre site] which can be used for new commercial businesses like an ice rink, bowling alley, a laser tag arena, or recreational use, in the same complex where the ballparks will be built. So that would suffice the request residents have made about getting more businesses in town that provide places for families and children to go on weekends and in their free time, right in town.”
Tina Greco January 12, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Laura, The things I miss from Reading are garlic balogna, smoked sausage (real PA Dutch, not Hillshire Farms), pepper cabbage (cabbage and green pepper slaw with a vinegar based dressing, a must-have with PA Dutch chicken Pot Pie), and ring balogna, just to name a few. It's hard to describe the flavors of any of these, but if I had the money, I would have opened a store a long time ago offering these items.
Laura Madsen January 12, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Sounds delicious! :)
Ellyce Orecchio January 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I like to give you my opinion as a resident on the West side of Hillsborough. For convenience, I usually shop on the Route 202 corridor. I'm not familiar with Weis, but am happy to hear they are considering the site because I frequently shop at Kohl's, Lowe's and Home Goods and would like the convenience; I did occasionally shop at Pathmark. If Weis has a good product, I'm willing to travel the extra miles. And having just returned to work after being unemployed for 2-1/2 years see an opportunity for more jobs in Hillsborough. Yay!
Curt Carnes January 13, 2012 at 04:16 PM
It is Official -- Weis is Coming Just got off the phone with Mr. Thomas Pira of Kimco Realty, and he informed me that Weis had recently signed a lease with them for the old Pathmark sight! Good News For Hillsborough!!!!!
Laura Madsen January 13, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Curt, you rate! He never called me back! :) However, I guess he would have a hard time explaining why their website diagram indicated such if that wasn't the truth.
Steve January 13, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Curt, I would not call it official until the first sale is rung at a register, leases can still be broken. ;) Who knows Weis may change their minds after reading some of the blogs :) But that is good news, my family and I look forward to trying Wies and do miss having a supermarket at that location. Were you able to get an expected time frame of when they will be operational? ...
Curt Carnes January 13, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Whoa -- A web sight that isn’t the truth. I’d be SHOCKED!! Just kidding. I love competition, it is always so good for the consumer! "I wasn't running toward the theater but running away from the sporting goods store. Of course now that I'm selling spaghetti sauce (with Newman's Own), I begin to understand the romance of business.. the allure of being the biggest fish in the pond and the juice you get from beating out your competitors." __Paul Newman
Laura Madsen March 16, 2012 at 07:42 PM
UPDATE: New link to Kimco Realty map showing Weis occupancy as of 3/16/2012: http://legacy.kimcorealty.com/File/MarketingBrochure/webapps/webprints/Marketing_Package_for_Site_MNJH0441.pdf I have also uploaded a pdf of the file to this blog which you can enlarge for viewing.
Steve March 16, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Nice, I was just by there before and still no sign up, but I am sure something will be up shortly.
Curt Carnes May 02, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Weis is still coming, but not until next year! http://www.centraljersey.com/articles/2012/04/29/hillsborough_beacon/news/doc4f986649861c7894298432.txt
Harold Levin May 02, 2012 at 10:54 AM
I am surprised by the length of time needed to retrofit the store, but based on personal experience, getting construction work inspected and improved in this town is a challenge at times. Wouldn't it be great if the township administration could work with Weis to expedite (not cut corners) wherever possible to get this store and the new jobs it will bring up and running in 2012!
Laura Madsen May 02, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Good catch, Curt! I guess these things just take time!
Steve May 02, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Harold, do we know if the hold up is indeed the town process? Per the article: ”Our next step is the construction phase — this store requires a fair amount of work,” said Dennis Curtin, director of public relations, in an email. “We expect to invest several million dollars in this project and plan to reopen early in 2013.” Maybe Laura can reach out to Gene Strupinsky again as he is mention in the article and appears to be involved. Maybe he can elaborate on the length of the time line. I was at the Promenade last week and it did not look like any construction was going on yet,
sammy May 02, 2012 at 07:10 PM
typed in "weis markets review " in google...http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Weis-Markets-Reviews-E725.htm came up... plus some other not so flattering sites with their review. I will reserve final judgement after they have had an opportunity to come here; but after reading the reviews , my sense is that this company is low end , and expects that Hillsborough will support a "lower end" market as compared to everyone elses demonstrative wish for Wegmans or Trader Joes
Curt Carnes May 02, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Absolutely NOT Harold. “ Wouldn't it be great if the township administration could work with Weis to expedite (not cut corners) wherever possible to get this store and the new jobs it will bring up and running in 2012!” I understand your point Harold, but why should Weis be given “Special Treatment?” That is just not fair to everyone else. A corner stone of our very way of life is; One Person, One Vote, and equal treatment for all! I think too, Harold you’d have to ask yourself how Shoprite and Stop & Shop would feel if the township bent over backwards for just Weis? Consider how you‘d feel if a large company that specializes in recruiting and career coaching took over the old Cost Cutters site, and you discovered the township administrator was spending the better part of his time hanging out there just to make sure things moved along peachy-keen for them? BTW, could you provide a detailed first hand account about the problems you’ve had with the building department. Anytime I’ve needed them they have been more then helpful, and frankly, when I failed an inspection, I failed because I did something outside of the approved plan!
Curt Carnes May 02, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Steve Gene is a public official. You should feel free to call him yourself, and you should feel free to come back here and tell us what he said!
Sly May 02, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Hopefully, it is not "low end" and can offer us something in the middle. We have Shop Rite and Stop & Shop for the basics. We need another reliable alternative to these places and something to be excited about!
Laura Madsen May 03, 2012 at 11:48 AM
A new blog was published today that may answer some of your questions. http://hillsborough.patch.com/blog_posts/whats-the-weis-hold-up
BDVideo May 15, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Uh oh! "The 12 Worst Supermarkets in America" http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Media/Slideshow/2012/04/13/12-Worst-Supermarkets-in-America.aspx?index=6 I guess something is better than nothing... (Others on the list: Pathmark, A&P and Stop & Shop.)
Steve May 15, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I would not read too much in that readers score, number 12 - 8 all have a score of 73, Weis at number 7 has a score of 72, and the complaints are localized for customer service. At number 1 Pathmark had the worse score with a 68. I would have not rated the Hillsborough Pathmark as the Worst Supermarket in America, especially when it came to customer service.
Tina Greco May 15, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Agreed, Steve. I thought the customer service at Pathmark was great.
Curt Carnes May 15, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I never really cared for Pathmark, but my better half thought it was great.
Sue M May 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I think we lucked out with Hillsborough Pathmark. The couple of other Pathmark locations I have been to were scary. I would also argue that the Super Wal-mart in Flemington is great depending on what you are buying. That list is a generalization, not necessarily indicative of all locations... So hopefully the Hillsborough Weis will be exceptional!
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