Food Fella: New life, new features at renovated Linden ShopRite

As many New Jersey food retailers grapple with changing demographics and consumer preferences, the market leader, ShopRite, has enhanced the in-store experience with a renovated ShopRite of Linden located at Route 1 North and North Stiles Street in Linden. 

As part of a major new renovation and modernization that kicked off with a grand reopening celebration the week of October 13, the store now features brand new chef-inspired meals, along with a broad selection of organic, local and gluten-free foods and products that reflect a variety of cuisine including Caribbean, Asian, Hispanic, Eastern European and Polish foods. Foodies can also expect an all new Hot and Cold Foods department and creative new in-store meal experiences with an upgraded bakery, delicatessen, sushi and fresh produce departments along with expanded organic offerings. These organic offerings can be found in nearly every section of the store, including produce, grocery, dairy, frozen and bakery departments.

“I am excited to introduce and share all the new amenities and convenience our remodeled store has to offer and am confident our shoppers will enjoy the chef-inspired meals that will take them on a culinary journey,” said Terry Glass, co-CEO of Glass Gardens Inc., a family-owned business that operates 11 ShopRite stores in New Jersey and New York. “We thank our shoppers for their patience during this major renovation that will improve the shopping experience and value equation at the ShopRite of Linden.”

A popular new feature is the on-site registered dietitian, who will provide free nutrition counseling and one-on-one consultations for customers and staff.

A popular new feature here that has been popping up in many ShopRite stores is an on-site registered dietitian, who will provide free nutrition counseling and one-on-one consultations for customers and staff. Dietitian services will also include free supermarket tours, support groups, weight management classes, and kids and adult cooking classes with in-store product samplings. 

One very positive feature is a great treat for parents shopping with kids: A Free Fruit for Kids program being overseen by the store dietitian. Under the program, kids 12 and younger receive a banana, clementine or other seasonal fruit while shopping with a parent or guardian. 

The new ShopRite of Linden also features environmentally friendly refrigerated cases as these new energy-efficient cases help to reduce the store’s carbon footprint, with a more streamlined layout and a new sleek, clean look for shoppers.

Wishing the Glass family at Glass Gardens’ ShopRite much success with all the tweaks and additions made to this location and its commitment to operate a more efficient and updated store for Linden and the surrounding communities.

ShopRite, the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., has donated $43 million to food banks that support more than 2,100 worthy charities, through its ShopRite Partners In Caring, since 1999. 

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Key Food moving HQ to N.J.

New Jersey welcomes the headquarters offices of Key Food Stores Co-op Inc., a cooperative of independently owned supermarkets founded in Brooklyn, New York, back in 1937. Its stores are found in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. 

Courtesy Cushman & Wakefield
Key Food Stores Co-op Inc.’s new headquarters at 100 Matawan Road in Matawan.

More than seven months ago, the state Economic Development Authority “dangled the carrot” of a 10-year, $4.9 million tax credit to bring the operator across the Arthur Kill to Old Bridge from Staten Island. The EDA said the incentive, awarded under the now-expired Grow New Jersey program, would be dispersed only if Key Food meets the requirement of bringing 115 new jobs to the state.

Brokers with Cushman & Wakefield had represented Signature Acquisitions, the owner of 100 Matawan Road, in leasing the 38,311-square-foot space with Key Foods. The independent cooperative will take space on the first and second floors of the 132,000-square-foot building, conveniently located off Exit 120 of the Garden State Parkway.

The cooperative operates stores under several banners such as Key Food Marketplace, Key Fresh & Natural, Food Dynasty, Urban Market, Food World, Food Universe Marketplace, SuperFresh, and The Food Emporium. Currently, the stores that operate as Key Food members in the Garden State are SuperFresh in Glen Rock, Clifton and Irvington, SuperFresh Food World in Bloomfield and Belleville, two Food Fair’s and one Farm Boy SuperFresh, all in Paterson, Food Fair in Newark, and The Food Emporium, Marlboro. The primary supplier of Key Food is C&S Wholesale Grocers. Congratulations to all parties involved in making this deal happen!

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