HIGHLAND PARK – Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler is confident that after speaking with Stop & Shop they may reconsider closing their store in 2023.
Stop & Shop has announced that its downtown store on Raritan Avenue will close in 2023 although no date has been announced.
“After a detailed review of the operating performance of our stores, we have made the difficult decision not to renew our lease at our store located at 424 Raritan Ave in Highland Park, NJ. All store associates will have the opportunity to be moved to another Stop & Shop locations,” spokeswoman Maura O’Brien said in a statement.
Mittler said the decision doesn’t bode well for the borough, which she describes as a “walking community.”
“We have a lot of people who don’t drive and have the ability to walk to the supermarket in town,” Mitter said, adding that the nearest large supermarket is in Edison.
An incentive to stay
This isn’t the first time Stop & Shop has threatened to shut down during his tenure, according to Mittler. Each time, she managed to convince the Massachusetts grocery chain of its importance to the community. This time, she may have an economic trick up her sleeve.
“We have quite a significant redevelopment plan that we have put in place for Highland Park. We are already seeing the fruits of this plan on some of the properties that we have put into the redevelopment plan where developers are clamoring to build in Highland Park, Mittler “This would include additional residents, which could make having a supermarket in Highland Park more attractive.”
No matter what happens to Stop & Shop, Mittler is grateful to the company for supporting the borough.
“In the past, Stop & Shop has been a wonderful partner with my community, helping with many different food crises with our residents. I hope I can have more conversations with them to find a way to make it easier for them. make the decision to stay at Highland Park one way or another,” Mittler said.
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