Japanese steakhouse, Starbucks to join tenant roster at Kushner’s Shops at Pier Village in Long Branch

This summer, two new tenants will be joining the roster at the Shops at Pier Village in Long Branch.

A Starbucks and Koto Asian Bistro, a Japanese sushi steakhouse, have signed leases at the year-round oceanfront residential, retail and recreational destination, according to a Monday announcement from Kushner. That brings the number of retail leases signed at the destination in the last seven months to nine.

Since being acquired in 2014, the Shops at Pier Village have become one of New Jersey’s most sought-after retail destinations, with over 2.3 million annual visitors, 493 luxury rental apartments, 243 upscale condos and 91 hotel rooms.

The leases with Starbucks and Koto highlight Pier Village’s unique appeal to a diverse array of culinary tenants looking to capitalize on the property’s favorable demographics and unmatched location.

The Shops at Pier Village is now home to over 20 food and beverage operators, from casual dining options like the Turning Point, Art of Salad, Branch Cantina, Simply Greek and Tony Boloney’s to award-winning fine dining restaurants like Salt Steakhouse and Avenue Le Club. In addition, longtime tenants such as McLoone’s Restaurants have continued to expand their presence at the property through establishments such as the Robinson Ale House and McLoone’s Pier House and the recently opened Kahuna Burger concept.

Over the last several months, the Shops at Pier Village has also welcomed several unique retail and dining concepts including Phorm, a fitness concept from the owners of Gold’s Gym; aXd by Alba, a contemporary fashion boutique; Baldy Art Gallery, a fine art photography studio; Gavone’s, an elevated and convenient fast-casual pasta restaurant; Doggie Sweets, a dog café and retail store; and Sundae Donuts, a purveyor of freshly baked donuts, creative ice creams, donut-infused concoctions, cookie dough and more; all are scheduled to open their doors for summer 2022.

“Attracting high-profile businesses like Starbucks and Koto to Pier Village is a testament to the desirability and confidence that the Shops at Pier Village provides to tenants of all sizes,” said Nicole Kushner Meyer of Kushner. “We are excited to welcome Starbucks, Koto and the diverse array of tenants who are joining the Pier Village family this year and further cementing its status as the premier Jersey Shore destination for residents, businesses and visitors alike.”

Ryan Starkman, director at Pierson Commercial, the exclusive retail leasing agent for the Shops at Pier Village, added, “For tenants like Starbucks and Koto, there are few locations in the region that can provide the mix of visibility, foot traffic and demographics quite like Pier Village. We continue to see our existing tenants find tremendous success at the property and strong demand from potential tenants looking to experience and leverage all that the property has to offer.”