By Joshua Burd
A developer has broken ground on a new 77,100-square-foot ShopRite that will join the mix at a busy retail center along Route 35 in Shrewsbury.
National Realty & Development Corp. said Tuesday that construction was underway on the freestanding supermarket, which is slated to open in late 2019 at the intersection of Shrewsbury Avenue. The building will occupy the site of the former Shrewsbury Business Center, a three-building office complex that had sat mostly vacant in recent years.
The Saker-owned ShopRite will become part of the 225,000-square-foot Shrewsbury Plaza shopping center, NRDC said. The firm will integrate the store with the rest of the complex — which includes Home Goods, Marshalls, AC Moore and Saks OFF 5TH — through new connector drive aisles.
The supermarket will serve the Monmouth County communities of Shrewsbury, Rumson, Little Silver, Tinton Falls and Eatontown.
“We are delighted to bring a tenant of Shoprite’s quality to Shrewsbury Plaza,” said John G. Orrico, president at NRDC. “The support and feedback from the community to bring Shoprite to this project has been tremendous.
“I’m certain that Richard Saker and his team at Saker Shoprite will deliver an extraordinary grocery experience to the community. We look forward to having them as part of Shrewsbury Plaza.”