What Should Go Here?

The deteriorating Bradlees/Foodtown Shopping Center could be an asset to the community...but how? Contribute your ideas to the conversation.

The red-roofed Bradlees and Foodtown shopping center on Route 36 in Hazlet has been vacant for a dozen years. Over time, the huge building has fallen into silent disrepair, and there is no longer any life in the barren parking lot --- no clattering shopping carts, wheezing trucks, or busy customers. 

The property is in a commercial zone, bound by residential Poole Avenue in Hazlet and Stone Road in Union Beach. It is owned by Vornado and on a long lease to Stop & Shop, which has a store up the highway in Keyport.

There is 120,000 square feet of retail space on approximately 10 acres. The Bradlees section is not directly facing traffic on Route 36, but instead looking out onto the parking lot and an undeveloped grassy lot. Across the Highway is a Saker Shoprite. 

Retail Commercial Broker Michael Testa of Jeffery Realty, who represents the controlling interest of the property, has received inquiries.  So far there has not been the right fit. 

What would you like to see in this spot? What is the neighborhood missing? What does it need less of? Tell us in the comments. 

cranky boomer September 14, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I agree with William. There are numerous signs alerting commuters that they aren't supposed to park on the streets around the train station but for some reason Hazlet chooses not to enforce the "parking by permit only" rule. I am guessing those who live near bus stops have the same issue.
Kathy September 14, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Commuter Parking - have the Township offer a bond sale, have the proceeds pay for the land and building the garage....pay back the bond with charging people parking...simple...there is not enough commuter parking on 36
Michelle Marcello Conti September 14, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I like the idea of a downtown area with shops. Maybe even a few restaurants. We don't need walmart or more chain restaurants or fast food.
Joseph Bucci September 14, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Your charette meetings have already been held...per the Hazlet 2030 vision plan...this was open to all interested parties...and the results were presented in an open meeting and placed on the township website...there were a number of focus areas in the town...this was just one of them.
Mattytas September 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM
No Walmart, we don't need that garbage superstore here. And didnt we already have a "Brooklyn" style food store (Top Tomato) that completely crapped out in a REALLY good spot (holmdel) Just leave it abandoned, it would be scary to see what they find when they rip it down anyway.
maribeth dente September 15, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Maybe an iplay america or something on those line kids around here have absolnutely no place to go when we were we had roller rink or woods now their are none of those left
boatleaks September 15, 2012 at 12:32 AM
A Whole Foods and Christmas Tree Shop would fit nicely.
lisa September 15, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Here in Holmdel they have had several "charette" meetings and many years later the Lucent site is still empty. The Cracker Barrel idea is interesting idea . It is family oriented and therefore could support a entertainment complex.
Brian Jerden September 15, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I would say a super walmart. Instead of this property going to waste and rotting away like it has for 15+ years. God only knows what kind of animals are living in it now. I know somebody to do the demolition in getting rid of it
Jeff Barr September 15, 2012 at 03:26 AM
George, I've often thought that an indoor "urban" paintball/laser tag site would be great. Development costs would be minimal, the only question being if there would be enough business to support it.
Jeff Barr September 15, 2012 at 03:28 AM
The site isn't large enough for a Walmart. Christmas Tree Shops and either Trader Joe's or a Wegman's would be great. It's over a 20 minute drive to any of the nearest Wegmans (Woodbridge, Manalapan or Neptune).
NiHoMa September 15, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Knock it down and turn it into a Super Shop Rite. The one across the street is just too small compare to other Shop Rites around the area.
Lisa San September 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Some sort of large indoor play place for the kids. Maybe even including an indoor pool. The kids do need a great place to hang out. Something with all sorts of areas and for all differnt ages. This way in the day they could draw the younger kids and at night the older kids.
George Clark September 15, 2012 at 04:03 PM
kathy, you bring up good point. Congestion is a major problem only getting worse. What if some smart people asked it's bus riders where and when they left their house to go park their cars? Then van drivers could offer this shuttle service and if it where all computerized and using the tracking system on our phones? lol. Could create jobs, reduce pollutions and congestions. etc... etc.. but we are too competive to be truly cooperative.
g. morosco September 15, 2012 at 05:44 PM
A sprinkler park/playground (free) like Dorwood Park in Colts Neck or Aldi should move there and expand there store like the one in Oceanport/Eatontown/LB area
joseph kocis September 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM
i have the best idea for the spot hockey is a great sport it is fun, skillfull and all ages can play i play and love it. I would love to see a pro size ice and roller rink their it would be called HAZLET HOCKEY this would help hazlet in many ways we could have a high school hockey team and other team will play as well. I see the other rinks and how packed they are . We have enough food and department stores in hazlet i hope somebody hears this it would be a great spot for hazlet thank you JOE KOCIS
chuck September 16, 2012 at 12:51 AM
The site should made into a neighborhood market Walmart store. The parking lot is big enough for this scaled down Walmart. I am sure one of Hazlet corrupt politicians can talk to Walmart. Maybe the Walmart can be open only four days a week like the town hall is so they can enjoy three day weekends and even a four day weekend when the moon lines up with their schedule. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/neighborhood-364782-walmart-market.html
JoAnne Capuano September 16, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Breanne Kuhnen September 16, 2012 at 02:20 PM
dave & busters. I also like the Hazlet Hockey idea...maybe something like good Sports on line road.
bud September 18, 2012 at 04:46 PM
My wife and I have discussed this site many times. It cries out for a Wal-Mart. Based on the size of the property, I estimate 300 permanent jobs would be created, not to mention the construction jobs. I think it would be cheaper to replace the building for a number of reasons. If we could just replace our existing "empty suit" congressmen, "Propeller Head Holt" and "Do Nothing Pallone", perhaps we could begin to create businesses and jobs in Monmouth County. They have done a masterful effort of destroying jobs, ie, Fort Monmouth, Bell Labs, Monmouth Park, etc. etc.
Joe September 19, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Dave& Buster's with an imax movie theatre
Larry September 19, 2012 at 09:49 PM
You do realize their is a place to play lazer tag about 7 min away. Fun Time America is right by Addison park.
mimi nelson September 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM
John J October 10, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Walmart is the wrong choice anywhere in the World, Do you pro-Walmart people ever read the national news? There is a good and valid reason they are called the "Evil Empire"
Sarah Sambucini November 08, 2012 at 11:23 PM
:-) I would love that also!
TJ Santangelo January 06, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Great Idea- just don't let anyone from HYAL get involved.They ruined they're try at a football field already, they don't even use it- they still use the HS.
Eileen Hegarty November 25, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Just hopes it creates a lot of jobs, whatever is decided
Kevin Christie November 26, 2013 at 08:00 AM
How about a YMCA ??? It could provide a low cost gym alternative for families .$50 a month for a whole family with indoor pools and basketball courts and racket ball! ! Have different exercise classes and a safe place for kids to go and have some fun and stay out of trouble
Lisa Torres February 06, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Walmart it's long over due
Ron Ferraris February 09, 2014 at 02:54 PM
Wegman would be awesome!!! But we'll get a build a bunch of condos. No schools. More traffic. Kill the last of the area that was worth loving in.


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