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Second Quick Chek Proposed For Eatontown's Route 35

EATONTOWN: The owners of the Quick Chek located on Wyckoff Road in the borough have proposed to move their convenience store to Route 35 South and to add a gas station.

The new site would be located near the Route 35/36 intersection, across the street from Ashley Furniture. It is the former home of an Ethan Allen store.

The developers of the site shared their plans during an informal hearing of the Eatontown Planning Board on Sept. 22. The developers were not seeking site plan approval or any variances needed for the project and were simply gauging the board's interest in the project. There is a good chance the developers will be back at a future meeting to seek board approval for the convenience store.

The Quick Chek located on Wyckoff Road is over 40 years old and the developers said they want to offer more services including gas services. The new store would be located about 300 feet south of the existing store.

Engineer Robert Streker said the convenience store would be 5,496 square feet and feature a 12-pump gas station and 54 parking spaces.

Customers would be able to enter and exit the site from Route 35 South and South Street.

Mayor Gerald Tarantolo said the developers "might want to take a look at" exiting and entering the site from South Street.

"That kind of serves as a cut-through for people," Tarantolo said. "That would not be a good feature."

Planning Board member Mark Woloshin said he did not feel adding another gas station was necessary in the proposed area.

"I don't think we need any more gas stations or convenience stores, especially along the highway," Woloshin said.

A new Quick Chek and gas station opened on Route 35 North at the former home of the Sands Motel in August and there is a proposal to build a Wawa and gas station at the intersection of Route 35 and Wyckoff Road that is being heard by the Eatontown Planning Board.

The Quick Chek developers would need a variance because their gas station would be located within 2,000 feet of another gas station in the area. The owners of that gas station and others in the area are opposing the plan for the Wawa gas station because of its close proximity to the their facility.

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