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Whole Foods Market Coming to Marlboro

Development at Marlboro Commons to begin within next month; supermarket slated to open in late 2012

The Township of Marlboro is going natural.

Whole Foods Market, the world's leading retailer of natural and organic food products, will be opening a store in Marlboro in late 2012.  The supermarket will be the centerpiece of the new Marlboro Commons shopping center, to be located at the corner of Route 9 South and County Route 520.   The retailer agreed to a lease for 40,000 square feet of the 120,000-plus-square-foot area at the site. 

In charge of development of Marlboro Commons is Pagano Real Estate Inc. of Glenn Rock, New Jersey.  The Marlboro Planning Board voted unanimously to approve Robert Pagano's proposed shopping center in January, 2010.  Michael Bsales, Vice President at Pagano Real Estate Inc., expects ground to be broken at the site within the next month.

"We're excited, the mayor's excited, and Marlboro's excited.  Marlboro is a wonderful town and the people are anxious to see what we have to offer," Bsales said.

Though located in the shopping center, Whole Foods Market will be responsible for the contstruction of its own store.  Negotiations for tenants at Marlboro Commons have been ongoing, but Walgreens has frequently been mentioned as a potential occupant during meetings of the Marlboro Planning Board.  A PNC Bank located south of Route 520 would remain in its location.

In a February 17 press release, Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik said the new Whole Foods Market will create 130 new jobs and $500,000 in annual tax revenue to the town. 

Whole Foods Market is a full service grocery store with over 300 locations mostly across the United States.  According to the Whole Foods website, the chain "features foods free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats."  The food retailer specializes in sales of organic and natural products.  To qualify as "organic" in the United States, food must be farmed without the use of pesticides, antibiotics or genetically altered organisms. "Natural" foods refer to those that are minimally processed. 

According to the Organic Trade Assocation's 2010 Organic Industry Survey, the percentage of food sales in the U.S. that are organic has climbed to 3.7 percent.  U.S. sales of organic products reached $26.6 billion in 2009, with $1.8 billion accounted for in organic non food items. 

Michael Sinatra, Public Relations Manager for Whole Foods Market's Northeast Region, says the store places an emphasis on regional products.  "It is very important to have a close tie to local farms and businesses.  Depending on the season, stores will be packed with locally caught fish and seafood."  Sinatra cites Brooks Seafood Distrubutors Inc. of Sea Bright as an example of Whole Foods Market's use of suppliers within New Jersey.

The new store will feature a variety of produce grown in the Garden State.  "The Jersey staples," Sinatra said.  "Corn and tomatoes, apples in the fall, and locally grown asparagus."  Sinatra added that all grass fed beef will come from New Jersey farms.

In an increasingly environmentally conscious world, the supermarket chain is recognized for its efforts maintain a green initiative.  Whole Foods ranked third on the most recent incarnation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's quarterly list of Top 25 Green Power Partners.

"Environmental stewardship is of the utmost importance," says Sinatra.  "From recycling to composting, Whole Foods works with the environment.  Even walking down the aisles shoppers can witness a lot of the wood is reclaimed wood.  We use a lot of green energy, including solar panels on roofs and fuel cells."

An official statement from Whole Foods Market Northeast Regional President Christina Minardi regarding the new store cited the public's will in determining the destination.

"In opening this location, we are most excited about the opportunity to come to a community that has long campaigned for a store. We thank the community for their phone calls, letters and e-mails expressing their passion for our company and look forward to serving Marlboro and its surrounding communities in the near future.”

Fortune Magazine has ranked the company among its "100 Best Companies to Work for in America" every year since the list's creation in 1998.  Upon opening in 2012, the Whole Foods Market of Marlboro will be the eleventh of its kind in New Jersey and follows the Middletown location as the second in Monmouth County. 

Meg March 28, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Why build more buildings go across the street to the old Pathmark makes no sense there are empty strip malls up and down Rt. 9 why would you want another one!!
heleen March 29, 2011 at 03:12 AM
so excited to have a Whole Foods here! I do agree that it makes more sense to utilize existing buildings as opposed to building new ones. I would hate to see over building and we are already at the limit. Wegmans and Shop Rite are ok but Whole Foods is more than just a small section or two of natural organic foods.
Lisa March 29, 2011 at 06:41 PM
That's much better than having to trek to Middletown. But Whole Foods ALSO NEEDS to open a location in Freehold or Howell. I am a natural foods devotee but am already cringing about dealing with the huge crowds because the entirety of this region will only have the one location. If WF was smart, it would already be planning another location a little southward on Route 9.
Sancho March 31, 2011 at 02:40 PM
That should be interesting for ShopRite and Wegman's, what with Stop & Shop buying out the Norkus Foodtowns.
Jonathan April 02, 2011 at 01:44 PM
More importantly, what's the latest on the Wawa coming to Woodward Rd. and Rte 33?
Dennis February 01, 2012 at 12:06 AM
and the mall at millhurst and 33 ????
G B May 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM
will the WaWa have direct access from Rte 33 West, or only Woodward ? Traffic is already a mess at that intersection due to poor planning when Walgreens was developed.....
Richard Berger May 15, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I agree with Meg. Whole Foods would further its environmentally friendly cause buy utilizing the anchor location at Marlboro Plaza. Come on Whole Foods, its kind of like recycling, but on a larger scale.
Curious George May 15, 2012 at 02:48 AM
That would leave a perfect place for a Trader Joes at Sipersteins.
Kaitlyn Anness May 15, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Just in case it helps--here is a little background as to how Whole Foods and Trader Joe's choose a location http://patch.com/A-rGgW
tom thornton May 15, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Whole foods has a history of building new stores that are designed to meet their needs. I guess the other sites didn't fit their model. In addition, it's another large ratable. The other site still pays real estate taxes and I understand that Pathmark is still paying rent.
tom thornton May 15, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Sipersteins was in Manalapan and is way too small for Trader Joes
Kaitlyn Anness May 15, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Tom--you are correct, Marlboro Plaza is the highest taxpayer in Marlboro http://patch.com/A-rLxl
Richard Berger May 16, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Kaitlyn, All do respect, that article mentions that they will be buildling the store across the street because they do their research on the web and look for areas where there are educated people. Are there less educated people on the other side of the road? It seems that they sidestepped the arguement and just said that we are educated. To be honest, I think they want it there because it is southbound on 9, perfectfor commuters coming from NYC after work when they pick up food for their families. I am all for companies being able to do whatever they are entitled to, but anyone with an understanding of the history of Marlboro over the last decades knows that we have had too much development, that has left Marlboro with very very few wooded areas. I won't boycott the place or anything like that, but I can gurantee everytime I pass the Pathmark spot when I go to Whole Foods, I will shake my head...
Terry May 16, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Personally, I think a Buffalo Wild Wings would be perfect where Siperstein's used to be!
Realist May 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I have been shopping at Whole Earth near the intersection of Harrison St and Naussau Blvd (Rt. 27) in Princeton. They have NON-GMO organic food. The last time I was at Whole Food I saw no indication that they were NON-GMO. Hopefully that has chanced sine I would like to shop closer.
Realist May 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I would love it if they put a movie theatre where the Pathmark used to be. I miss the movies being located so convinently.
Andrew August 21, 2013 at 09:46 AM
@realist - products that are non-GMO are usually labeled, with the exception of certain foods that don't have a GMO counterpart.Whole Foods has mandated that all GMO food must be labeled in their stores by 2018.

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