Ashley HomeStore To Replace AC Moore

The AC Moore signage has been taken off the building in preparation for the new Ashley HomeStore. (Photo by Kimberly Bosco)
The AC Moore signage has been taken off the building in preparation for the new Ashley HomeStore. (Photo by Kimberly Bosco)

MANAHAWKIN – Stafford Township is no stranger to empty storefronts; however one major going-out-of-business spot will be getting a new tenant soon.

An Ashley HomeStore is expected to open up shop in the retail space left empty by the AC Moore in the Stafford Square plaza located at 297 Route 72 East.

AC Moore announced its closing at the end of 2018. The 20,000 sq. ft. space is situated between a Dollar Tree and Leslie’s pool store in the plaza.

According to Barry DiMaio, President and CEO of Ashley HomeStore of Ledgewood, the new Manahawkin location is expected to open its doors by the first week of May.

DiMaio noted that Manahawkin was chosen for the licensee, DBERG, LLC’s, fourth Ashley HomeStore location for the “great market.” Other locations are in Toms River, Ledgewood, and Phillipsburg.

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“We’re getting a lot of people driving from Manahawkin to Toms River,” to shop at Ashley HomeStore, said DiMaio.

Where better to put another location than closer to its customer base?

“We are hiring for sales, customer service and warehouse help,” said DiMaio.

If interested, applications can be sent to seetam@afhsnj.net.