The West Long Branch Consumer Centre on Route 36 will soon have two of its empty storefronts filled.
The long-vacant space next to Ulta will soon be filled by Kirklands, a retail chain that sells home decor, specializing in furnishings, accessories and gifts. It is in the same vein as stores like Homegoods.
It will be the first Kirklands to open in Monmouth County as the closest one to the area is located on Route 70 in Brick.
The second store will be a Spirit Halloween located in the space once occupied by Chuck-E-Cheese, which closed its doors a few years ago.
Spirit Halloween is a seasonal, New Jersey-based costume and specialty retailer which usually opens in a new location in the area each year.
The Spirit Halloween store could open as soon as this week.
Those who have visited the shopping center recently will also have noticed that the owners are continuing to improve the facade of all the buildings, whether they are occupied or not.