Kushner inks three lease deals at Shops at Pier Village in Long Branch

Kushner on Tuesday said it inked three new leases with exciting retail concepts to join its tenant roster at the Shops at Pier Village, a year-round oceanfront residential, retail and recreational destination in Long Branch.

Located in one of the most desirable locations in New Jersey, Pier Village’s oceanfront live-play-stay experience is redefining luxury on the Jersey Shore with over 130,000 square feet of retail space leased to a variety of dynamic and eclectic restaurants and shops, 493 luxury rental apartments, 243 upscale condos and 91 hotel rooms.

Adding to the list of retailers will be Gavone’s, a new dining concept from existing tenant Sirena, a luxury Italian restaurant that has called Pier Village home since its opening in 2006. Gavone’s 1,700-square-foot lease will bring an elevated and convenient fast-casual pasta restaurant to the oceanfront destination.

Also coming to the oceanfront is Sundae Donuts, which will occupy 1,690 square feet with its first New Jersey location. The retailer, which specializes in all things sweet, will offer an exciting menu of freshly baked donuts, creative ice creams, donut-infused concoctions, cookie dough and more.

Finally, focusing on the sweet tooth of four-legged friends, Doggie Sweets’ 1,264-square-foot lease will transform its successful Doggie Sweets Waggin’ mobile shopping experience into its first standalone dog café and retail store.

All three tenants are scheduled to open by Memorial Day 2022.

“Attracting dynamic and upscale retail experiences has always been at the heart of our plan to create an incomparable oceanfront community at Pier Village. We are pleased to welcome these new businesses to the Shops at Pier Village, as they will augment the already-robust lineup of dining, retail and entertainment businesses calling the property home and further cement its standing as New Jersey’s “City by the Sea,” said Nicole Kushner Meyer of Kushner.

Gavone’s, Sundae Donuts and Doggie Sweets join an ever-growing list of tenants that already call Pier Village home. Ranging from fast-casual dining options like the Art of Salad, Branch Cantina and Simply Greek to classics like Tony Boloney’s and McLoone’s Pier House to award-winning fine dining restaurants like Salt Steakhouse and Avenue Le Club, Pier Village has a dining experience for any palate and budget. In addition to the plethora of dining options available, shoppers can enjoy a wide range of unique retail opportunities found at Charleston Shoe Co., Molly and Zoey, Salt Nation Surf Shop and Boardwalk Fun N Games.

Additionally, earlier this fall, Kahuna Burger, an island-inspired burger restaurant created by McLoone’s Restaurants, leased 2,500 square feet. Exemplifying the property’s continued demand from the region’s most prominent retail operators, Kahuna Burger is the third food and beverage concept from McLoone’s Restaurants to open at Pier Village. Kahuna Burger joins the Robinson Ale House, another McLoone’s Restaurants concept that opened at the property late last summer, and McLoone’s Pier House, an upscale-casual restaurant and events space that has called Pier Village home for over 15 years.

“These three new leases with Gavone’s, Sundae Donuts and Doggie Sweets, as well as the strong commitment from operators like McLoone’s Restaurants speaks to the continued appeal of Pier Village to unique retail concepts looking to tap into the energy that defines the property and the over 2.3 million people who visit it each year,” added Ryan Starkman, director at Pierson Commercial, who was recently hired as the exclusive retail leasing agent for the Shops at Pier Village. “With strong local demographics and an unmatched location, Pier Village stands out among retail destinations in the state. We look forward to announcing several additional exciting retail leases over the next couple of months.”