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What’s the Weis Hold-up?

Weis Markets is opening a location in Hillsborough. Here is an update on when it may happen and where in the process things are right now.

Back in January, it was announced that . Since earlier this week, there has been some local speculation as to when a Weis supermarket will actually be opening in the former Pathmark location in the Hillsborough Promenade. 

As per another article, Dennis Curtin, director of public relations for Weis, was not able to confirm that the supermarket would be open in time for its 100th anniversary this fall, and said the event was projected to occur in early 2013.

“The owners of Hillsborough Promenade told me that they hoped it would open late in 2012,” stated Hillsborough Business Advocate Gene Strupinsky. “I've not heard official word from Weis themselves.”

“The Store Manager of Weis Markets in Mansfield (Hackettstown) told me that Weis is spending higher than normal amounts this year on renovating existing stores including all three currently located in New Jersey. This may mean that opening of the Hillsborough store might have to wait until these renovations are completed later this year,” he continued.

The business advocate further clarified that any delays are not due to any township approvals or regulations.

“I'm not expecting Weis to submit an application to the Building Department for a construction permit for their fit out before mid-June. At this time, any delay is strictly in the hands of Weis. The township is waiting for Weis' architects and other professionals to finish their plans and to submit them to the township for review.  Until that time, all we can do is wait.”

So, yes, Weis is coming to Hillsborough. It looks like everyone will just need to sit tight and be patient. Also, as per Strupinsky, Weis has not yet approached the township for any kind of assistance related to opening their store. 

“There isn't anything that we can do until they come to us with their plans. I can assure you that once that happens, we will do what we can to get them open as soon as possible. I can assure you that the township wants the jobs, the potential ratables, the positive impact on the other stores in Hillsborough Promenade, and the good will that will result from the opening to become realities as soon as possible.”

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Steve May 03, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Thanks Laura for the investigative reporting.
Laura Madsen May 03, 2012 at 01:59 PM
No problem. Always happy to share what I find out.
Curt Carnes May 03, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Good Reporting Laura, actually using facts instead of innuendos. You must drive the folks at Huffington nuts!!! -- Oh! did I just use an innuendo? LOL
Laura Madsen May 03, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Thanks Curt. For the compliment and the laugh. LOL
Rick May 03, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I've never been to a Weis. What's the difference between them and Pathmark/ShopRite/Stop&Shop? Are they more like a Whole Foods or Kings that offer a different experience?
Laura Madsen May 04, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Rick, I'm really not sure. I haven't shopped in one either. I don't think they are like a Wegmans based upon what I've read, but I am not in a position to really describe the store experience.
Sue T July 19, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Hi Laura & Rick, Weis market came from PA I believe there is one in the Poconos and in several other areas of PA. I have shopped there. I think it is like a Shop Rite. It is nothing like a Whole Foods or Kings. It is a more pocket book friendly food store. I was hoping for a Giant but I will take anything at this point. I never shop at the Hillsborough Shop Rite it is disgustingly dirty and smells. But they don't do anything because people still keep shopping there.
AcTwisted September 12, 2012 at 08:22 PM
any update on this? i guess the Halloween store won't be occupying the space this year then?
centurion September 12, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Ask our business advocate.
Laura Madsen September 12, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Hi Ac- I haven't heard anything new on this. I don't see any signs up about the Halloween store renting that space this year either.
AcTwisted September 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM
thx Laura!
Anthony M. September 16, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Well is there anything new yet out there regarding Weis. Last thing we heard was in May. Is it still to open in early 2013. Seeing is believing. Anthony
Laura Madsen September 16, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I agree Anthony M. Seeing is believing. I haven't heard anything new. Odd right?
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They are shooting for opening around Memorial day 2013, I believe there are people working on site now.
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S.G. May 20, 2013 at 02:03 PM
That is odd. I also shop at the Hillsborough Shop Rite and find it clean, have never noticed any smells, the prices are competitive, and the employees are friendly. They also support a lot of Hillsborough groups.
Jessica Potavin July 11, 2013 at 01:25 PM
I recently drove past the old Pathmark location. Apparently, they've started training people (that's what it looks like, anyway) and have an office set up on Omni Drive for job seekers to apply in person. One of the contracters there told me he was guessing they'd probably open by end of summer.

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