Saker ShopRite has opened its newest store, the ShopRite at Kings Commons in Middletown, N.J., where the supermarket will serve as the anchor tenant in a new retail development. At 91,624 square feet, the new ShopRite, located along Route 35 and Kings Highway, is one of the grocer’s largest footprints. The average ShopRite store is about 75,000 square feet.
Adding to its presence, a 20,000-square-foot ShopRite Wine and Spirits store stocked with an extensive variety of beer, wine and spirts is slated to open next to the new supermarket.
“We have a long commitment to Monmouth County and Middletown and look forward to opening this new shopping center with our world class ShopRite as the centerpiece. We thank our customers and the community for their support as we built this new modern market,” said Richard Saker, president and CEO of Saker ShopRites Inc., in a statement. “We are excited to expand our offerings, especially our fresh prepared foods and gourmet grab-and-go meals, while providing all the quality, value and service our customers expect.”
The supermarket features classic ShopRite departments, including an expansive bakery with special occasion cakes and freshly made bread; a meat department with butchers available to custom cut orders; a full-service seafood department with daily, fresh catch deliveries; a nutrition center; floral shop; full-service deli; and a produce department featuring a variety of organic and locally grown produce.
Saker ShopRite’s newest store also houses a grab-and-go prepared foods department with a selection of 1,000 freshly made items from both World Class Kitchens and Dearborn Farms, including an assortment of hundreds of cheeses from all over the world and a salad and olive bar.
Customers will find a large selection of organic and gluten-free products and new and innovative items from ShopRite’s store brands, including Bowl & Basket, Paperbird and Wholesome Pantry, the company said.
Local products are also in-store, such as Jones Bars, made in Manasquan; No Whey Vegan Chocolates crafted in Lakewood; and Glenda’s Kitchen gluten-free, gourmet cookies, which are baked nearby in the Atlantic Highlands.
Other store amenities include a pharmacy, full-service catering department and ShopRite from home pickup and delivery service. The store is also outfitted with the latest energy-saving and sustainable technologies in refrigeration and lighting, including glass doors on the dairy and freezer cases, LED and T-8 lighting and environmentally friendly refrigerant systems.
Saker ShopRites owns 32 ShopRite supermarkets, 30 pharmacies, and Dearborn Market and Garden Center in New Jersey. Additionally, the Saker organization owns and/or operates three liquor stores in the Monmouth County area. The fourth and fifth generation family-owned company employs over 9,000 associates and is the largest member-owner of the Keasbey, N.J.-based Wakefern Food Corp.
The new Middletown store replaces an existing store location on Route 35 in the Middletown Plaza, which closed on June 22.