FilStop at Clifton Plaza — Courtesy: Levin Management Corp.
By Joshua Burd
A growing Filipino grocery store has opened its new flagship location in Clifton, where it occupies 16,000 square feet within a busy Route 46 shopping center.
Levin Management Corp., the leasing and managing agent for Clifton Plaza, announced this week that FilStop has unveiled its new store at Clifton Plaza. The grocer joins a mix of other retailers and service providers at the 95,000-square-foot complex, offering hard-to-find food items from the Philippines, along with hot and freshly made meals and snacks.
LMC said FilStop’s 4,000-square-foot Jersey City store, which has been open since 1973, will remain in operation.
“We are looking forward to serving our loyal client base from this larger location,” said Erwin Santos, the owner of FilStop, noting that the new store expands the business significantly.
Santos chose Clifton Plaza due to its visible location on Route 46 at the Van Houten Avenue intersection, according to a news release, along with its ample parking and accessibility to major thoroughfares. The location makes it more convenient for patrons, LMC said, many of whom travel from throughout the East Coast to visit.
“There are many Asian big-box stores that have come to market, but what continues to set us apart is that we carry about 10,000 different food items — the largest selection of products available in the U.S.,” Santos said. “Equally important, we run our stores in a very ‘mom and pop’ style, and pride ourselves on being on the ground with our customer base each day as we cater to their wants and needs. If someone is looking for an item that we don’t have, I will order it and make sure the customer gets the products they want.”
Other tenants at Clifton Plaza include Dollar Tree, Dunkin, GameStop, Verizon Wireless and Sally Beauty Supply, among others.