In just 25 years, one commercial space in a shopping plaza in suburban Essex County has been home to three different supermarket chains. Grand Union, Pathmark, and The Fresh Market have all occupied the largest part of The Shoppes at the Livingston Circle at 277 Eisenhower Parkway, which was previously known as The Village at Livingston.
However, all Grand Union stores in New Jersey were shuttered around the turn of the century and Pathmark’s parent company, A&P, closed the Livingston location in 2011 after the corporation filed its first bankruptcy. Then in 2017, The Fresh Market, which had just opened in the plaza in 2014, shut down its only Essex County store along with four others around the country.
Now, The Shoppes at the Livingston Circle has found a new food store to fill in the void. Earlier this year, Jersey Digs broke the news that Aldi would be opening its doors in Livingston. Although representatives from the German low-cost grocery chain would not reveal where in the township the market would be, we reported that this space was one of two possible locations.
Records from the Livingston Planning Board’s Site Plan Committee confirm that Aldi will be opening where The Fresh Market used to operate and applied to install new signage. In addition, the plaza’s owner, Eastman Companies, listed on its website that the grocery store, along with Fitness 1440 and Moxie Blowdry & Beauty Bar, will open soon.
This will be Aldi’s second Essex County location. The company, which is expected to open in Livingston in the fall, came to Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield in 2016.