Retail giant BJ’s Wholesale will be arriving in Howell with construction already underway on a long-vacant 52 acre tract of land on Route 9 and Lanes Mill Road. The opening is scheduled for November 14, 2014.
BJ’s Wholesale will be occupying 88,000 square feet at the center and services will include a gasoline station. The future site of the membership-only chain store was purchased out of foreclosure by New York City-based Sun Equity Partners last summer.
Sitar Realty Company is Sun Equity Partners’ leasing representative at the Howell location. “We are excited to finally get this project off the ground. It’s been a long wait for the Howell citizens,”, said Abe Tress, representative of Sun Equity Partners.
The center, to be known as The Grove at Howell, will have approximately 350,000 square feet of retail with a mixture of clothing, food, and entertainment. The project is expected to have a 50,000 square foot national cinema with 14 screens and stadium seating, a 40,000 square foot national fitness club, along with many national clothing and food chains.
“The Grove at Howell should be fully completed by June, 2015,” said Giorgio Vasilis, Vice President of Sitar Realty Company, based in Iselin, New Jersey.
The theater, expected to be open by end of 2015, will be a large draw and destination for the town of Howell and surrounding towns.
“We feel that the synergy of having a theater along the busiest corridor in Howell with over 1,000,000 square feet of retail and eateries, will make it a very pleasant experience for shoppers," said Vasilis.
“The owners are planning a center that is not the typical shopping center, but it will be a complete shopping experience with food courts and beautiful landscaping designed by world-renowned Bignell Watkins and Hasser.”
Sitar Realty Company-TCN Worldwide is the largest remaining privately owned commercial real estate firm in New Jersey. The firm has been in existence since 1978. For more information, please visit the Sitar website at www.sitarcompany.com.