BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Although an application for the new store has not yet been submitted to the township, Whole Foods recently signed a lease with the Stavola shopping project for a proposed location at Route 22 and Chimney Rock Road.

According to Howard Turbowitz, Bridgewater economic development officer, the Stavola shopping project is located on the former quarry property at the new Chimney Rock Road interchange. The proposed location for the Whole Foods is south of the Public Works facility and the New Frontier Road realignment and Route 22 West.

"The decision to include this potential use is in conformity with the LC Zone for this area," he said. "The Stavola quarry has an obligation to reuse land that has been finished, and this area has been prepared for many years now for development."

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According to Michael Sinatra, public relations and public affairs manager for the Whole Foods Market Northeast Region, the store will be approximately 50,000 square feet.

"As construction hasn't started, the store has currently slated to open around late 2017," he said. "As a company, we see Bridgewater as a fantastic location as we expand throughout New Jersey and we look forward to serving our new neighbors soon."

According to a release from Whole Foods, the market has recently signed leases for eight new store locations in the United States and three in Canada.

Turbowitz said the Whole Foods could be a good addition to the township if it is approved once an application is put before the township.

At this point, Turbowitz said, Bridgewater only has one grocery store, Wegmans, and the Shoprite closest to there is the one in Bound Brook.

"The Fresh Market in the Pluckemin section of Bedminster is far from this area and should not be impacted by the new store, when it is applied for and approved, which has not happened as of yet," he said. "Warren has the closest other store, an A&P in the Pheasant Run shopping center, but I can't imagine that it will be impacted much either."

Turbowitz said Whole Foods is a combination of the Fresh Market style, Trader Joes style and the look and feel of Kings.

"We believe that this location will be an asset to Bridgewater, it's residents and the surrounding communities, and will be a great anchor for the rest of the LC Zone," he said. "The development of the LC area at the Chimney Rock Road interchange continues the vision of Mayor (Dan) Hayes and will positively impact the quality of life in the comunity."