What Should Go Where Pathmark Was?
This is our first in a series featuring vacant storefronts, their histories and a call-out of what residents think should take the former business' place.
It was nearly a year ago that the Middletown Pathmark closed its bargain grocery doors due to bankrputcy.
Though the township has many grocery stores, including a Whole Foods, ShopRite, Stop & Shop and Foodtown. Yet, the discount supermarket mainstay was mourned. Many wondered what would take its place and if the replacement would be a good fit for the area and shopping substitute for them.
The Middletown Pathmark was one of 32 nationwide to get shuttered due to the bankruptcy terms, which basically said that the store was seen not very likely to pull itself out of the financial hole in which it had become buried. “The potential for structure/design rehabilitation was also deemed dim,” according to sources in Dw. Dunphy’s original story of its closing.
The storefront is still barren and people are stirring over what’s coming next to the business-zoned site, which was the anchor in the strip mall at Route 35 and New Monmouth Road.
People have speculated that a Wegman’s will take its place. Not so. Middletown Township Planner, Jason Greenspan had said that while officials and residents alike would love to see the space filled, nothing is yet on the table for it.
So, what would you like to see in the former Pathmark store? Let us know in the comments section. Wishes don’t always come true, but it can be fun to put something on your list.