ROXBURY, NJ – Several names come up repeatedly when people talk about the businesses they’d like to see at the Ledgewood Commons shopping center. A Whole Foods Market is on many wish lists. So is a Trader Joe’s grocery store and Chick-fil-A eatery.
Few, if any, people are likely to have an Optimum store on their wish-list.
Nevertheless, Optimum is the newest tenant at the 450,000-square-foot outdoor mall on Route 10. The Internet, cable television and phone company is opening a new retail store at Ledgewood Commons in the building that also houses the America’s Best Contacts and Eyewear store.
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“The store is currently under construction and is expected to open this year,” said Altice USA Communications Manager Raffaella Mazzella.
She said the store will allow people “to explore the complete line of Optimum connectivity offerings, register for service, pay bills and receive assistance from a retail associate.”
The Ledgewood Commons presence will bring convenience to Roxbury's Optimum customers, who now must drive to Randolph to return equipment and conduct other in-person business with the company.
Mazzella said there are “no plans to sunset” the Randolph store, situated on Route 10 about five miles east of Ledgewood Commons. She said the company has 21 retail stores in New Jersey and is continuing to expand its number of storefronts in the state.
Mazzella did not say how many employees will be working at the new Ledgewood store, but she promised “the store will offer a modern and interactive in-store experience where customers will be able to explore the complete line of Optimum connectivity offerings, including internet, Smart Wi-Fi 6, mobile, TV and home phone services.”
The Optimum store is in a spot that was going to become home to a Quest Diagnostics office. Jared Minatelli, director of asset management at Advance Realty, did not return a message seeking information on the change.
Although an Optimum store might not cause for celebration by those yearning for Whole Foods Organic Chili Cheese Flavored Corn Chips, Trader Joe’s Mochi Rice Nuggets or a Chick-fil-A Egg White Grill Breakfast Sandwich, at least one Roxbury official is pleased.
“I’m very happy, in general, with the way that shopping center filled up during a very difficult time,” said Roxbury Councilman Bob DeFillippo. “And it continues to grow.”
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