The Eatontown Planning Board held its first hearing for the new store which would be larger and total nearly 5,500 square feet and be located in the former home of an Ethan Allen store. It would also have a gas station with 12 fueling stations, although developers stressed that it would not service tractor trailers.
"We have a great opportunity to relocate this store over to this site," Quick Chek Real Estate Manager Jeff Albanese said during the Nov. 24 meeting. "We hope this brings an up-to-date and better facility."
Albanese said that because Quick Chek would own the new property and not lease it, the store and grounds would be better maintained.
He said the floor plan and style of the new store would be almost identical to the one located in the borough on Route 35 North.
Engineer Robert Striker was also on hand to to talk about the design of the site and said it will have one entrance/exit to Route 35 South and another exit onto South Street.
Striker said the plan requires several variances from the board including one for being within 2,000 feet of another gas station. The project planner will talk more about the variances when she gives testimony the next time the Quick Chek hearing is held on Dec. 22.
The owners of Ashley's Furniture, which is located across the highway from the proposes convenience store, appear to be opposed to the plan and asked their attorney, Ron Gasiorowski, to file a request for interpretation for the proposed use of the restaurant. No litigation has been filed at this time, but it was noted during the meeting that the borough's gas station proximity ordinance could be challenged.