Chris Rigassio (left), operator of the upcoming Jersey Mike’s store in Bayonne and head of operations for Jersey Mike’s in northern New Jersey, joins Gary Krauss of Pierson Commercial at the space at Bayonne Crossing. The store is currently under construction and is projected to open in early November. — Courtesy: Pierson Commercial
By Joshua Burd
Jersey Mike’s Subs has expanded its footprint in its home state, leasing more than 10,000 square feet over the past year across seven locations in northern and central New Jersey.
Pierson Commercial, which represents the sub chain, announced a mix of new store locations that have already opened or are slated to open in the coming months. Gary Krauss, a retail broker with Englishtown-based firm, completed the transactions on behalf of the operator at the following locations:
- Hickory Square at 641 Shunpike Road in Chatham (1,250 square feet). The landlord, Fidelity Properties, was represented in-house.
- 464 Kinderkamack Road in Emerson (1,612 square feet). Shane Wierks of Jeffery Realty represented the landlord, Ahold Corp.
- Rutherford Commons at 150 Route 17 North in East Rutherford (1,500 square feet). The owner, Urban Edge, was represented in-house.
- Middlesex Avenue and Central Avenue in Metuchen (1,435 square feet). Renaissance Properties was represented in-house.
- 190 Passaic Ave. in Kearny (1,400 square feet). Jerry Welkis of Welco Realty represented the landlord, DVL Kearny Holdings LLC.
- Bayonne Crossing Shopping Center in Bayonne (1,455 square feet). Property owner Kite Realty was represented in-house.
- 325 Central Ave. in Clark (1,500 square feet. R.J. Brunelli & Co. represented the landlord, Denholtz Associates.
Krauss said the Jersey Mike’s locations in Chatham, Emerson and East Rutherford have opened over the past year. The Metuchen, Kearny, Clark and Bayonne stores are slated to open late this year or early next year, he said, touting the strong demographics of each.
“Metuchen is a unique market,” Krauss said. “It’s a ‘donut hole’ in the middle of Edison. And it typifies the New Jersey commercial real estate market — lots of population, high incomes, but not a lot of new inventory.
“So when we got wind of a new center opening up in the middle of the town, anchored by Whole Foods and close to the train station, it was a no-brainer.”
In a separate news release, Wierks of Jeffery Realty announced a 2,000-square-foot lease with Jersey Mike’s at Aviation Plaza in Linden, bringing the 645,000-square-foot power center to full occupancy. Wierks represented ownership, while Krauss represented the tenant.