BARNEGAT – Time to put to rest increasing speculation about new businesses coming to Barnegat Township. The following are anticipated by the end of 2021.
For starters, there’s the shopping center across from the Acme on West Bay Avenue at Sandpiper Road. Dollar General and Auto Zone are already in operation. The two businesses became the first occupants of what’s formally known as the Exit 67 Town Center.
Construction continues as preparations begin to move Domino’s Pizza from its North Main Street storefront to the Exit 67 Town Center. Mattress Warehouse will open a new store at the same location.
Previous reports indicated that a bank would be the third new business to set up shop across from the Acme. However, that’s not the case as things now stand.
“There’s no commitment for the remaining pad,” said Martin Lisella, Barnegat Township Business Administrator.
A Route 9 building formerly occupied by Rite Aid on Route 9 will come back to life in the near future. Workers are already busy converting the long-time empty structure into a Dollar Tree. This becomes the second Dollar Tree in Barnegat.
The downtown historic district will soon find one of its unoccupied storefronts with a novel enterprise. Waterview Music plans on opening up shop at 690 East Bay Avenue by the end of the summer.
According to its website, Waterview Music will offer instrument sales, services and lessons. Although their primary focus is guitars, they will also sell strings, percussion and keyboard instruments.
Waterview had a Choir and Band Open House scheduled for August 26th for those interested in becoming part of a performance group.
Barnegat 67, which Lisella calls one of the best things to happen in town, continues to attract new tenants.
Construction is nearly completed on the new amphitheater next to Pan Asia. No word on what types of events will be featured at the new venue.
Ocean Women’s Health Group, which represents a combined medical group of RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health also recently opened up in Barnegat 67. The group offers both gynecological and obstetrics medical services.
A new urgent care run by RWJBarnabas Health will ultimately open up adjacent to the OB/GYN practice.
Meanwhile, there’s still room within Barnegat for entrepreneurs or familiar favorites to entice local customers. What’s coming next?