Pizza Hut anchors new Toms River NJ shopping center

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TOMS RIVER – Pizza Hut has signed a new shopping center which is about to begin construction on Hooper Avenue near Church Road.

Workers have already cleared a 1.7 acre site at 1882 Hooper Ave., in the Silverton section of the township, to make way for a 12,600 square foot shopping center.

Pizza Hut signed a lease for 1,800 square feet at the south end of downtown, said Mario Brunelli, vice president of investment sales and site acquisitions for RJ Brunelli & Co., an Old Bridge commercial real estate company. , the rental agent. The location, which is moving from The Brick, will focus on pickup and delivery, he added.

A render of a shopping center under construction on Hooper Avenue in Toms River.

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A mobile phone store operator and an Italian specialty store are also interested in the center, said Danielle Brunelli, president of the company.

The mall is being built by March Construction, who also built the Parke at Hamburg in Wayne, a 50,150 square foot center with tenants that include Trader Joe’s and Panera Bread.

The township planning council approved the mall this spring. Construction began earlier this month.

A sign on September 21, 2021, marketing a future mall located at 882 Hooper Avenue in Toms River.

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In a statement, Lou March Jr., the company’s president, said his company plans to hand the building over to tenants in March 2022 with a grand opening slated for next summer.

In addition to acting as the leasing agent for the center, RJ Brunelli represented March Construction in the acquisition of the property while Michael DeGeorge, owner of DeGeorge Realty, represented the seller.

Daneille Brunelli said the building will look upscale. “It will be a nice new building for the Toms River Trade Corridor,” he said. “It’s a high exposure tape center.”

Mario Brunelli said they were looking for tenants, including restaurants, bakeries, bagel shops, hair salons and barber shops, eyewear stores, fitness centers, pet care and emergency care.

Workers cleared land at 1882 Hooper Avenue in Toms River to make way for a shopping center.  September 21, 2021.

The property, located on the south side of Hooper Avenue, is adjacent to Walgreens, which is at the intersection of Church Street. It is close to other retailers including Stop & Shop, Burlington, Advanced Auto Parts, Jersey Mike’s, Bubakkoo Burritos, and Surf Taco.

David P. Willis, an award-winning business writer, has covered business and consumer news at Asbury Park Press for over 20 years. He writes the What’s Going There columns for APP.com and can be contacted at [email protected] Join his What’s Going There page on Facebook for updates.


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