What Stores Do You Want in East Brunswick?

Patch asks readers to tell the world what they want to see in the rebuilt three-store strip mall on Route 18 near Brunswick Square Mall.

Location, location, location.

The building was recently rebuilt after , forcing , and   to relocate. So far, Gold World is the only tenant to move into the rebuilt building, which boasts a large basement, and new heating, cooling and electrical work.

“It’s a big beautiful structure,” Trenta said earlier this month. “It looks good from highway and lends itself to north and southbound traffic.“

He also said location should be a big selling point. The building is on Route 18 in front of the Brunswick Square Mall, and with the signage that is allowed on that particular site, commuters should be able to see from miles away.

But enough about that. Now is your chance to tell us what you would like to see in the location?

Chris April 21, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Maybe it was just me but I had this crazy thought that now having the gorgeous transportation center all finished and the new condos being built in the rear of the golden triangle, East Brunswick may have been home to lots of new young professionals. Especially that the units were mostly going to be 1 and 2 bedrooms. As soon as I heard Wal-Mart, now all I see are slums and low rent housing. I honestly hope I'm wrong.
John Romano April 21, 2012 at 09:28 PM
.....no...you're not wrong....welcome to New Brunswick East. Actually...related to the housing that's proposed....if the residential market stays as soft as it is now...those units will likely be rented rather than sold. In that case...the highest rents possible will be sought by the owner...because they were counting on sales. In a high density rental situation...with high rents....you're likely to see (or not see in the case of zoning enforcement officials)...multiple families sharing single family houses....and a larger population density per acre than was intended per the zoning. In that case you have 2 or more families...with sets of children from multiple families...all seeking enrollment in EB school system. More kids than originally planned for equals a need for school expansions....which equals a need for higher taxes. Welcome to the situation that (recently...past 6 to 10 years) was experienced in Somerset and Bridgewater.
Jeff April 25, 2012 at 03:08 AM
The old linens and things building will have LA Fitness in it. They will close the Bally's (LA Fitness took over many of Bally's gyms) on Edgeboro Rd when they open the new LA Fitness. This is what the staff at the LA Fitness gym I attend in North Brunswick told me.
Chris April 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM
I think an LA Fitness is a good fit for the lot. This shopping plaza is one of the few that is fully rented.
Chris April 27, 2012 at 07:04 AM
Coming Soon. Brunswick Square Pharmacy. I saw the sign yesterday.


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