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Wawa, Quick Chek Will Be Built In Eatontown Following Lawsuit Settlement

EATONTOWN: Following almost 4 years of litigation, a new Wawa and Quick Chek will be built in the borough.

Excellency Enterprises, which is a group of nearby gas station owners who feel the projects will be detrimental to their business, brought the litigation against the Eatontown Planning Board. Both developments which would each have a gas station and convenience store and the suits claim that the approval of the applications should not have been granted because the borough's proximity ordinance does allow gas stations to be within 2,000 feet of one another.

Mayor Dennis Connelly announced during the Sept. 27 Eatontown Council meeting that the parties have settled the litigation in trial court for the Quick Chek case and the appellate division for the Wawa case. Connelly said all the approvals and variances granted by the planning board will remain.

The Wawa will be located on the corner of Wyckoff Road and Route 35 where the Lube-It-All and a trailer park were once located. The site will have a convenience store, gas station a Chick-Fil-A and another retail use which has not yet been determined. The developer will likely have to come before the planning board once again to receive approval for the retail use.

The Quick Chek will be located at 164 Route 35 which was once the home of an Ethan Allen store and most recently, a doctor's office. The lot is located near the Route 35/36 intersection and across the street from Ashley Furniture.

The project includes a convenience store and eight fueling stations would replace the other Quick Chek, located on Wyckoff Road. The older convenience store will close once the new location opens after a new Quick Chek and gas station opened on Route 35 North at the former home of the Sands Motel in 2014.

"We might finally start to see some progress in this area of the borough," Connelly said.


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