An Asian Food Markets storefront — Courtesy: R.J. Brunelli & Co. LLC
By Joshua Burd
An East Asian grocery chain will be the newest anchor at a Plainsboro retail center, where it has inked a lease for more than 43,000 square feet.
R.J. Brunelli & Co. LLC, the broker for Asian Food Markets, announced Friday that the chain has taken space at Plainsboro Plaza Shopping Center under a transaction with Onyx Equities LLC. The 43,152-square-foot store is projected to open in the next several months, benefiting from a location at the intersection of Schalks Crossing and Scudders Mill roads.
Pete Nicholson, a senior sales associate with R.J. Brunelli, completed the assignment for the Old Bridge-based firm. He noted that Asian Food Markets, which was founded in 1992 with a single store in Edison, has expanded throughout New Jersey and has its other current locations in Jersey City, North Plainfield, Piscataway and Marlboro.
The chain, which focuses on East Asian packaged, fresh and prepared food, will operate in Plainsboro alongside Planet Fitness, CVS and Lightbridge Academy, R.J. Brunelli said. It is relocating to the 220,000-square-foot center from a smaller store at Princeton Meadows Shopping Center, where it has operated for more than 15 years.
It will occupy an anchor space that previously housed SuperFresh, the brokerage team said, noting that the chain is looking for additional sites in northern New Jersey and New York City areas with a high concentration of Eastern and Central Asian residents.