Big Lots Has Eye on Vacant Barnegat A&P
Big Lots, a department store specializing in discount furniture and groceries, is looking to take over the vacant A&P building in Barnegat Township. The Route 9 location has been empty for nearly a year.
Headquartered in Columbus Ohio, the chain has approximately 1,400 stores nationwide, including in Toms River, Brick and Egg Harbor townships.
Barnegat Township Administrator David Breeden said the franchise’s construction contractor, Massachusetts-based DMD Construction Co., recently received building and zoning permits.
“We’ve been hoping for someone to take over A&P, especially a business that will be similar,” he said. “Our goal has been to attract major businesses.”
Bruce Wells, DMD owner, said he had no timetable for the store’s opening.
“But Big Lots is definitely planning to be in Barnegat,” he said.
The next step for the business will be to negotiate a lease with Levin Management, which serves as leasing and management agent for the property.
“Negotiations are continuing,” said David Silver, corporate director of marketing at Levin Management. “There is nothing else I can comment on.”
Various representatives from the Big Lots corporate office in Columbus declined to comment.
Meanwhile, on another commercial front, the Genuardi’s supermarket in Barnegat remains on the market. The store has been for sale since January.
Located on West Bay Avenue right before the Garden State Parkway north entrance, Genuardi’s opened in November 1999; one year later, the chain was purchased by Safeway. Greg Ten Eyck, Safeway spokesman, said the supermarket would remain open during the sale process.
“Nothing is going to change with the day-to-day operations,” said Ten Eyck. “Our goal is to have that site taken over by another supermarket company. We have gotten some offers, but nothing that I can comment on at the moment.” —E.E.