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Monmouth Junction Stop & Shop to Close Down

Stop & Shop location on Route 1 to close at an unknown date.

On Friday, the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced that it will be closing one of their South Brunswick locations at an undetermined date.

The store, located at 4095 Route 1 in Monmouth Junction, is one of three Stop & Shops located in and near South Brunswick. The others are located on Summerfield Blvd. in Dayton and on Route 27 at the border of South Brunswick and Franklin Township.

“After a thorough review of the operating performance of our stores, we made a business decision to close one of our two South Brunswick Township store locations,” said Don Sussman, Stop & Shop New York Metro Division President via release. “We regret any inconvenience this will cause and encourage our customers to shop at our other South Brunswick Township store located at 24 Summerfield Blvd or 3333 Route 27 store located in Franklin (Township).”

A release from the company stated all employees from the Route 1 location would have the opportunity to be transferred to the other nearby Stop & Shop stores. Any prescription records will be transferred to the Stop & Shop on Route 27 in Franklin.

The closing comes on the heels of the South Brunswick Planning Board giving the green light for a new ShopRite market to be housed in an 84,603-square foot retail space located across from Target on Route 1 just off of Stouts Lane.  

The approval came after a judge ruled last month in favor of the township following a lengthy legal battle with Stop & Shop, who tried to block ShopRite from moving into town.

"Stop & Shop had taken us to court three years ago on the rezoning of this property from office to C-2. They said it was spot zoning and had three or four different issues with the application," said Mayor Frank Gambatese. "The judge dismissed the charges and ruled the council had a right to rezone it. It made sense to rezone it and there was no spot zoning in this instance."

No further details about the closing date for Stop & Shop were available.
Kristian Feher September 06, 2013 at 11:53 AM
duh.. you have THREE of them in such a small area. Plus their produce section is terrible.
SBMom September 06, 2013 at 12:13 PM
That shopping center needs a complete makeover. No good stores seem to make it there. The stop and shop is grimy and just nasty. Not surprised its going. Bring on the SHOPRITE!!
Maggie Otterbine Klorman September 06, 2013 at 03:41 PM
I went to Stop&Shop on Tuesday and was surprised when I found out they stopped giving the five cent per bag discount if you had your own bags. When the take is that stores are going to start charging shoppers .10 cents for plastic bags I find it surprising that they stopped this now. 5 cents doesn't sound like a lot but I did big shopping and had 22 bags so that would have been $1.10 as a senior and disabled this adds up.
sbmomofthree September 07, 2013 at 07:55 AM
The only reason they kept this store open was to make sure another food store didn't get into SB. Now that they have lost their legal battle- yes they were fighting to keep shoprite out- it has to close. Hopefully they will now give up the lease on the Steinmart store so something else can move there.
Matthew September 17, 2013 at 07:20 PM
I am really surprised that Shop Rite would be putting a store on route 1,especially so close to their other other store on route 130 which is also in South Brunswick and a very nice store,plus the store on route 206 in Montgomery

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