Tell Patch: What Should Move into the Vacant SuperFresh Location?

Think outside of the box - What would be the perfect retail establishment for this location?

Since SuperFresh , the location has remained vacant in an East Windsor shopping center that has lost several businesses. 

Patch wants to know what type of business you would like to see at this location. Another grocery store? A gym? A bowling alley?

Tell Patch in the comments below what establishment you think should come to this location.

Roanne March 28, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Def NO to Bottom Dollar store! I didnt leave brooklyn just to have it follow me here! I'd love a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's!
whatever41 March 29, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Wasn't there a Panera Bread here before??? where that new italian place is now?
whatever41 March 29, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Oh wow,,,what was wrong with it??
denise March 30, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I use coupons...i'm not a snob, but a store with the name Bottom Dollar doesn't look good for the township. Trader Joe's is a great idea and they have reasonable prices. You may not buy all of your food there but you could go to ShopRite or BJs once a month and fill in with Trader Joes. And we don't need a store that is 10 minutes down the road in Hamilton... really... you can't drive 10 minutes to get to a store.
whatever41 March 30, 2012 at 07:09 PM
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet!
Big Dog March 31, 2012 at 12:11 AM
So, if it's no big deal to drive 10 minutes, why can't you driver to Princeton to get to Trader Joes? I could care less if the store is called "Cheap Food" - I'll check it out. It's not like it's going to bring down the image of the town, considering we have a Sell your gold store, at least 3 dollar stores, and many empty storefronts...
denise March 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM
exactly... it keeps getting worse and worse.
denise March 31, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Let's stick to the real issue....we need a food store and we need everyone to frequent it or it will go out of business like the others.
big dog March 31, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Right - a brand new Bottom Dollar Food store would look a lot better than the empty stores. Let's all be realistic - Trader Joe's and Wegmans aren't coming here. If they wanted to, they would've already made their intentions clear. Acme already closed in West Windsor. I'm all for another supermarket, but it doesn't look like they are knocking down the doors to come here. If Bottom Dollar is willing to open a brand new store and hire people, then I'm all for it.
casperspooks March 31, 2012 at 06:36 PM
We don't have to settle for less, the BOTTOM. States all over the USA offer tax incentives to draw businesses to their state that sometimes even turn into bidding wars between states because they see value in prospect. If we want to stand up for quality rather an a "something is better than nothing" attitude then we E.W. needs to do a better job of letting it be known to these businesses. Perhaps offering a multi-year (three? five?) tax incentive program or similar offer that makes smart business sense could be the strong enticement to win them over. No need to reinvent the wheel here, what has proven a very successful strategy for states and even countries (Dubai) could help attract the business we want rather than scraping the BOTTOM of the barrel. As we all continue to know more about the importance of quality food choices, we realize that cheaper isn't better; "would you like some pink slime (aka: pet food additive) with that burger?" Reviews on the Bottom Dollar chain are pretty dismal as well: http://www.yelp.com/biz/bottom-dollar-food-king-of-prussia
ewrezz March 31, 2012 at 10:51 PM
well written, casper! i checked out the website earlier this week and followed the link you posted. lets just say bottom dollar- the name and quality of food speaks for itself. i'm baffled that consumers would rather save a few dollars then care about the quality of food they are eating or feeding their families. we need to set our limits higher rather then settling for poor quality businesses. as much as we pay in property taxes (and as educated consumers), we deserve better choices.
Dave Bell March 31, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I don't believe it's going to be mandatory to shop there. McDonalds and a lot of other places sell poor quality and unhealthy food, we shouldn't allow them in town either? If so many people want another store start a co-op. I don't think this store is going to destroy the image of our town any more than the 100 cabs we have running all over the place. Lets focus on all the illegal boarding houses that are causing more image and tax problems than a store ever will
casperspooks March 31, 2012 at 11:24 PM
No one is advocating barring a business; rather that the community entice the businesses that serve it best.
Dave Bell March 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I'm assuming they did research as I'm sure Whole Foods and Trader Joes did as well, and they came to believe they could service the community. I'm not saying I would shop there but I'm just glad we are having one less empty store. I don't feed my child a steady diet of McDonalds just because it's here. Again lets look at real problems that are causing bad image and tax problems.
ewrezz March 31, 2012 at 11:56 PM
i am proposing that a quality business move into the old superfresh location (per the topic of the article) not poor quality businesses, such as cab companies or boarding houses, as you cited.
big dog April 01, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Ok, but what do you consider a "quality business"? Your earlier post Wegmans and Trader Joes and it doesn't seem like they are coming. What other business would you like to see there?
casperspooks April 01, 2012 at 12:10 AM
You are simply assuming they did their research and that doesn't cut it; we all know what happens when you assume. Let's keep the thread on topic; your suggestion to focus instead on town image and tax problems should be addressed in a different thread. There's plenty of room on this site for both conversations and encouraged.
Dave Bell April 01, 2012 at 02:26 AM
There seems to be A LOT of assuming going on here. And town image has been a running theme, so just because I disagree with you doesn't mean I have to take it to a different thread. But thanks for your concern that my comments don't fit with the image of the thread
Christina Marie April 01, 2012 at 04:40 PM
People, people...ultimately in the scheme of things...we don't have any say what will go there or what will not...let's just hope the buildings do not remain vacant much longer. And let's hope whatever business opens...thrives,
Bettie Witherspoon April 07, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Walmart and Target have both stepped into the breach: both offer a grocery selection and even fresh fruits and vegetables. I am a senior with physical limitations and I appreciate the cart provided at Walmart. I also shop the "little stores" inasmuch as "little" means less pain. I also have learned to shop and compare online; and shop for fresh fruits and vegetables at Mendies organically-grown food stand. There are ways to resolve problems. I am five miles from any grocery store. I can still drive, but bless those cabs. It is good to know we can rely on them on days when either or both the car or my body are not up to it.
Patti P April 07, 2012 at 03:01 PM
The bottom line is that East Windsor makes it very difficult to do business (or much else). Business will grow when the current mayor moves on and commerce can be about commerce and not one person's insatiable ego.
william peeters April 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM
What is the connection between the mayor's policies and desirable businesses not coming to East Windsor? I have heard it said in the comment section here that it has to do with the planning board making unreasonable demands. Is that the case?
HT April 13, 2012 at 03:45 PM
And now a new liquor store at the old mattress store and on Rt. 130. That makes at least 4 that I can count. Why so many?
Lefty13 April 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I totally agree. Trader Joe's would be great!
Lori Hauck April 15, 2012 at 01:19 PM
whatever41 April 15, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Pet value is at the Town Center Shopping Mall.
Jim Rura January 31, 2013 at 04:35 PM
An antique mall and indoor market would turn East Windsor into a tourist destination. Also, all residents would be able to empty out their excess stuff in either their own booth or consignment area. Additionally, antique malls serve as business incubators since you can get started in a 10x10 "business" for minimal monthly cost. Imagine the impact of 100 local residents starting their own business!
Mr.Singh April 03, 2013 at 12:18 PM
i would love to see ACME here
Acme clerk April 28, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Acme is going out for business!!!
whatever41 April 28, 2013 at 07:58 PM


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