Shoppes at New Providence to Open on Former A & P Site in 2014
Friday, August 23, 2013 • 12:49pm
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – A health club and a farmer’s market will occupy the space of the former A & P Supermarket in a strip mall located at 598 Central Avenue.
In addition to the two new tenants, the 5.6-acre site will receive a major facelift, including a new facade, parking lot and lighting improvements.
The changes were unanimously approved by the borough’s Zoning Board.
Since the 2010 departure of A & P, which moved to a new location in the Village Shopping Center, about half of the mall’s 45,000 square feet of retail space has gone wanting, according to testimony provided to the Zoning Board.
The former A & P occupied about 27,000 square feet, which will be subdivided into a 17,000-square-foot health center and a 10,000-square-foot farmer’s market.
One of the new tenants is the Fitness Factory, described by one of the owners, Dennis Cieri, as a boutique wellness center offering nutritional services, personal training, and traditional cardio and weight machines and equipment.
The owner added that the wellness center will also provide nutritional analysis and screening as well as providing diet and eating plans. It will also offer physical therapy, acupuncture and, possibly, sports massages. The center will prepare but not make food on-site but will sell shakes and smoothies.
Early birds and night owls might warm to the proposed hours of operation with a weekday opening of 5 or 6 a.m. and a closing of 11 p.m. The owner said peak hours are on weekdays between 4 and 8 p.m. with a more even flow on weekends.
Cieri said a chiropractor or a physical therapist would be on premise with a sub-lease agreement.
The second tenant in the sub-divided former A & P location will be a farmer’s market but details are scarce as to what that exactly entails.
Reached by telephone, David Mandelbaum, one of the principals of shopping center owner Mandelbaum and Krupnick said it was too early to provide additional details.
Mandelbaum did offer that there were other farmer’s markets in Hillsboro and Livingston but wasn’t sure the same owners were involved in the shopping center project. He refused to provide a name or contact number for the prospective tenant.
Up until recently, most residents’ experience with farmer’s markets has been an isolated one-day weekly event held out-of-doors. Mandelbaum said that concept is changing with the markets located inside and, not outside, of shopping centers.
According to the testimony of the applicant’s architect, the shopping center will have an entirely new look with a facade of three new towers that will be extended out to make a canopy allowing patrons to walk along the stores with coverage.
Mandelbaum said that after necessary public filings, borough construction approvals, bidding, financing and construction, the project will be finished in a year. “Certainly in 2014,” he added.