CVS Pharmacy opens at The Shoppes at Vermella in Union

By Emily Bader
Union | Jun 30, 2020 at 5:12 am

CVS Pharmacy has opened a new store at The Shoppes at Vermella Union, adding its pharmacy, groceries and MinuteClinic to the retail options for residents at the mixed-use apartment community owned by Russo Development.

The community, which is located at 2 Vermella Way, is home to 1,250 residences. It is 80% leased to a variety of national retailers and restaurants, including Chipotle, Panera Bread, Habit Burger, &pizza and Starbucks. Outdoor dining is also available and is anticipated to resume back to indoor dining as soon as social distancing guidelines are lessened.

“We want the Vermella brand to be synonymous with effortless living, modeled more like a luxury resort with every need and convenience at or near our residents’ fingertips,” Adam Pasternack, president of Russo Property Management, said. “CVS Pharmacy joins a great combination of retailers and restaurants that our residents can quickly access by foot on our 42-acre urban oasis.”

Residents at the community benefit from The Union Club, a 86,000-square-foot indoor amenity space with a fitness center, sports simulator, screening room, chef’s kitchen, lounge areas and more, as well as concierge service, package lockers and a dog park. It also offers 10,000 square feet of outdoor space, which includes a swimming pool, rooftop deck, outdoor kitchen, fire pits and green courtyards. Apartments range from studios to three-bedrooms and have nine-foot ceilings, walk-in closets, washer and dryer in-unit, smart locker system, and more. Rents start at $1,685.

“In a time when people may still be leery of going out as much, we’ve given them a way to work from home, have fun, grab a snack or other essentials, and interact with their neighbors—virtually and in person—without straying too far from home ” Pasternack said.  “We’re also keeping our virtual leasing program available for those who have more comfort leasing remotely at this time.”

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | @emilybader