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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 closed its bargain grocery doors due to bankrputcy.

Though the township has many grocery stores, including a , and . 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 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. 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.

George F February 14, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I'm really shocked that there are a few calls for a Wal-mart! That would bring down your house value faster than a popped balloon! Wal-mart is a community killer, period.
McGinty February 14, 2012 at 02:24 AM
The Town Center property will now be Mount Laurel housing...it's in the works already. Aren't you glad you fought that horrible Town Center project?
Linda February 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Definitely WALMART!!!
Irish Mike February 14, 2012 at 01:24 PM
You stated that the "histories" of the vacant store fronts would be mentioned. Here is a little background on the Middle Center. Did you know that the "Applebees's " end of the center once held an CLOTH WORLD fabric store and previouse to that a PANTRY PRIDE foodstore ? Other center tennet's that have faded into history was a NINO'S Pizza, WOOLWORTHS department store, Who remembers "SILVETTES" a clothing retailer from the 1960's that occupied space near the present vacant PATHMARK. Did you also know that the center put on a addition to the southern end of the center - where present tennet's are a Weight Watcher's, a dance studio, a hair cut unisex salon and a Chucky Cheese pizza entertainment center ? Other tennants I recall in the center was a fine jewelery store locted in the mid portion of the center, and H&R Block income tax store and a smaller SUN-RAY Drug's store before it became a Major Medical Supply . Finally who remembers RT 35 & 36 with out "barriers" and Sunday Blue Laws ? I hope what ever business' set up shop that the community supports them and they are a good neighbor to Middletown....
Dianne February 14, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Christmas Tree store or Wegmans!!!
Victor M February 14, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I see everyone saying here a walmart of a wegamns. I have zero idea why anyone would even say that knowing that IT WONT FIT!!! so stop with the stupid comments of walmart and wegmans!
John V February 14, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Yep Irish Mike... I remember all those stores.. I remember going into Silvettes with my mom as a kid. What was the store that had the stairs going to the basement... was right in the center of the store? Remember the dry cleaners at the end...?
Valerie February 14, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Trader Joes or Sams Club.
Zeekaboo February 14, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I believe something for the youth of the township. Perhaps a roller rink, or some sort of youth center. There is not enough for the children to do in this township. Too many hang out around corners and after hours at the parks. And now that the pool club is closed, this summer should be interesting.......
Gina N. February 14, 2012 at 03:25 PM
It would be nice to have something like the Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market. It would have food, produce, shopping, coffee, local musicians--a place for people of all ages to shop and take a break, meet friends during any season.
Diana Sutton February 14, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Trader Joe's would be great, but I like the Terminal Market idea too. That would be a place for people to hang out, but if done nicely could be a great place for all ages.
Suzy Zibutis February 14, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Jeff - why on earth would you say that?
Suzy Zibutis February 14, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I agree! Foodtown (A & P included) (unless there's a sale) is quite a bit more expensive than the rest of the supermarkets!
Suzy Zibutis February 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM
SunRay Drugs is where Neisner's used to be - there also used to be a very small paint store located somewhere there. I also remember small book store being there somewhere in the early '90's (bought a lot of books there!) I DO remember no barriers as a kid! I also remember the "Mummers' Parade" down Highway 35 back when I was a little kid!
Suzy Zibutis February 14, 2012 at 04:27 PM
The last line of the article said what would you wish for - it doesn't mean your wish will come true! For heaven sake - don't be rude - it just look like people would like a Wal-Mart or Wegman's in the area! Sheesh!
Jersey Girl February 14, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Work Out World should move across the highway into Pathmark The parking is horrible where they are now. You cannot get an open space to shop the other merchants. Keep Walmart out of Middletown. We definitely do not need the additional traffic due to a Walmart.
Jesse February 14, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Walmart usually goes into towns where the rents are low and the taxes are cheap - that kind of leaves Middletown out. As for you Victor M: Pathmark wasn't all that tiny of a supermarket. I've been in a Wegman's in PA that was one-story and around the same size as Pathmark. Weirder things have happened...
7ts February 14, 2012 at 07:56 PM
How about an indoor paintball center? Something for the kids to do other then hang out on the streets.
Nancy February 15, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Wegmans and if it has to be bigger, get rid of all the stores next to the building. Bye Bye WW, Super Cuts and Chunky Cheese. Perfect Location for Wegmans!!!
Paula Iskenderian Guglielmo February 15, 2012 at 03:45 PM
LOVE this idea! forget the others - its a great location to have a coffee shop and small business to gather middletown residents.
Ara Karakashian February 15, 2012 at 05:59 PM
A Wegman's will work, if Super Cuts, Dance Studio, and Weight Watchers move towards the three vacant stores near Sun Ray. It isn't big enough for a Wegman's yet. If not Wegman's, then a Christmas Tree Store would suffice. FoodTown would be a waste of time and space. Dividing the space up wouldn't help anything, as there would no longer be a draw for people to go there.
lori dibenedetto February 15, 2012 at 10:19 PM
my daughter asked for sports plex-roller/ice skating,video games,batting cages etc...some where for the kids to go and hang out.
Ts March 26, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Indoor skatepark. They closed the one we had so we have nowhere to go.
eyegirld April 06, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Irish Mike, I enjoyed reading your comments. I grew up in the area, and in the 1970's that shopping center was home to Nino's pizza, and it was my family's favorite. Although my family moved away from the area, we have great memories of watching those italians toss that pizza dough. We have often wondered what ever happened to Nino's? Your vivid recollection of the center prompt's me to aski f you know any of the owner's family history or if they went on to open any other restaurants in the area?
John May 24, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Great idea Erin! Shut up Jeff.
John May 24, 2012 at 01:25 AM
They should turn the strip center into a MIXED USE shopping center.Every store that is still open will stay but they should add Trader Joe's,Walmart,Christmas Tree Shops,Sam's Club,Target,Pier 1 Imports,Toys R Us,Babies R Us,Starbucks,Teavana,Barnes & Noble,Kohl's,Marshall's,Best Buy,and Home Depot.If you have any ideas for some smaller stores and restaurats PLEASE REPLY! Then after the new stores are built they should build condos,offices,a golf course,and parks.
John May 24, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I agree with suzy! Victor,you are full of crap!
D.E. March 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Zaslows was an arts and craft store during the 80's next to Sun-Ray, there was a carpet store where applebees is, a fashion bug type womens store on the end as well, there was a gym at one point, an eye glass store, a deli called Broadway Deli that was there for a while, there was also a Krausers next to Ninos before Pathmark expanded, as well as a bagel store all the way down at the end.
pamela shultes August 26, 2013 at 09:17 AM
Christmas Tree Shop. It would revitalize the entire shopping center.
John Bond April 18, 2014 at 12:47 PM
It appears large enough that they could replace it with some kind of store. They may be able to put a supermarket there. I'm sure a new pharmacy is needed as well. John Bond | http://mountainviewbillingservices.com/services/

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