First Watch and Starbucks Plan New Locations in Hamilton

First Watch Starbucks Clover Square Hamilton
The Zoning Board in Hamilton Township will hear a proposal today to build freestanding First Watch and Starbucks Coffee locations. Rendering credit JKRP Architects.

Although most First Watch restaurant locations across the country are currently closed in order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, plans to open another Garden State outpost of the chain could receive a key approval this week.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment in Mercer County’s Hamilton Township is scheduled to conduct a hearing this Thursday, April 23 regarding a plan to build freestanding First Watch and Starbucks Coffee locations. The restaurant and cafe would both be built at the Clover Square shopping center near the corner of Sloan Avenue and Quakerbridge Road.

Clover Square Sloane Avenue Hamilton Site Plan
Clover Square site plan, courtesy of Landcore Engineering Consultants.

The meeting, which will be held over Zoom at 1:00 pm, comes more than a month after the first hearing was held on this matter, according to a public notice. Highglen Clover Square, LP is seeking approvals related to the site plan along with multiple variances.

First Watch is based outside Miami and specializes in breakfast and lunch. The chain has New Jersey locations in Union Township, Morris Plains, Montvale, and Cherry Hill. The Hamilton restaurant would take up roughly 3,800 square feet and include an enclosed patio for dining. The nearby Starbucks location would take up 2,180 square feet and include a drive-thru.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Hamilton Township Zoning Board of Adjustment are subject to change.



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