“The Phantom Walgreens” In Stafford Will Finally See An Occupant

This building, which looks very much like a Walgreens, is not a Walgreens. (Photo by Chris Lundy)

STAFFORD – The would-be Walgreens store on the corner of Nautilus Drive and Route 72 in Stafford Township will soon see an occupant.

The long-empty building was intended to be a Walgreens when it was built several years ago, however the company decided against moving into the space after it was built. The building will now be taken up by Hackensack Meridian Health, according to Anne Green, Hackensack Meridian Health spokesperson.

Hackensack Meridian will be expanding Southern Ocean Medical Center’s services into the space.

“Construction is currently underway to build a Vascular and Vein Center and relocate the medical center’s practices of Dr. Jeffery Hager, Dr. Matthew Samra, and Dr. Arthur DeMarsico to this location in the coming months,” said Green.

According to Jim Moran, Stafford Township Administrator, the building was constructed around three years ago by property developers, The Fried Group.