Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chains to Open First Essex County Locations in Livingston

Credit: Eastman Companies and The Dietz Partnership                

Several national retail chains have announced plans to open locations in Livingston. The Fresh Market, a gourmet supermarket chain, will open a store in the former location of Pathmark in the Village at Livingston shopping plaza at 277 Eisenhower Parkway. According to a press release, "The Fresh Market continues to grow its chain of specialty grocery stores and has signed a lease for a new location in Livingston, N.J. The store (is) expected to open in the fall of 2014...Once opened, it will be the company's third store in the state". Other New Jersey locations currently include Bedminster, Somerset County and Montvale, Bergen County.

Drewry Sackett, the Public Relations and Community Relations Manager for The Fresh Market told Essex County Place, "We are always on the lookout for markets where shoppers appreciate high-quality food and outstanding customer service, and Livingston is just such a place. We look forward to serving this community and providing residents here with The Fresh Market’s unique shopping experience". Sackett added that 90 new jobs will be created.

Other retailers will be opening locations in Livingston in the near future include buybuy BABY and Cost Plus World Market. Both stores will be located at 530 W Mount Pleasant Ave (Route 10), in the plaza where Borders Bookstore, Circuit City, and Old Navy used to be located. The plaza has been vacant for several years. 

In an email to Essex County Place, Leah Drill, a spokesperson for buybuy BABY and Cost Plus World Market parent company Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, said "as we continue to grow and open stores, we are always looking for new locations where we will be able to offer our new customers the broad assortment and outstanding customer service that is buybuy BABY. Livingston is such a location and we are very excited to be coming there". According to Drill, the store will be approximately 25,000 square feet, and is scheduled to open this summer. buybuy BABY stores carry infant and toddler merchandise. In regard to the new Cost Plus World Market, Drill said "We’re especially thrilled to be opening our first Cost Plus World Market store in the Northeast in Livingston, NJ. We think the residents of Livingston and surrounding areas will be excited to shop a new store that is unlike any other specialty retailer". Drill added that the Cost Plus store will be around 17,000 square feet and is also expected to open this summer.

"We are thrilled and look forward to the openings", Beth Lippman of the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce told Essex County Place, "We think it will help bring people and as a result help all businesses located in Livingston".

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