October 9, 2013 at 8:03 AM
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The New Providence Shopping Center is undergoing some changes involving relocating and adding two new businesses to the area.
Councilman Armand Galluccio told TheAlternativePress.com that Prudential is in the process of moving from its current location, facing Springfield Avenue, to where Blockbuster used to be located.
Starbucks, coming to New Providence for the first time, will be taking Prudential’s location and another new establishment, yet to be determined, will be its neighbor, Galluccio explained.
“Construction just started, so once Prudential is moved into the previous Blockbuster location, construction for Starbucks can begin,” Galluccio said.
The councilman addressed the rumor that the Exxon station might be closing. He said that the gas station isn’t necessarily closing, although the owner is in search for someone to purchase the property.
“The owner is looking to sell the property. It would be up to the new Exxon owner if they want to keep that station or replace it with something else,” Galluccio said.
He added that nothing concerning the Exxon station has been confirmed.
Gallucio expressed his thoughts that these changes are a “good sign” for New Providence.
“Businesses want to come into town. We’re not losing any, we’re gaining two,” Galluccio said. “This is a good sign that times are changing for New Providence—downtown is picking up again and more businesses are being filled.”
The councilman said that town council was not involved in any of the decision making process, besides the approval of construction permits.
“Town council didn’t get involved. These changes were based on business owners,” said Galluccio.