With more than 700 businesses located within Randolph, it’s clear that business is a vital part of the Randolph community. From regional and national companies such as Wendy’s, Midas, Weis Markets and CVS to locally-owned independent businesses such as the Randolph Diner, Pink’s Pharmacy and Simply Gourmet catering, Randolph is home to many successful, thriving businesses.
The Randolph Township Economic Development Committee (EDC), whose members are appointed by the Township Council, is the municipal entity responsible for supporting and growing the township’s local business community. The EDC over the years has taken a proactive approach to ensure Randolph maintains a balanced and vibrant business sector and that effort continues to be strong today. The volunteer members of the committee are charged with promoting opportunities to do business in the township, assisting in the development of reasonable business policies, and researching and monitoring Randolph’s economy.
Randolph’s location, highly skilled workforce, education system, business-friendly climate and infrastructure are among the reasons businesses choose to locate in Randolph. Approximately 45,000 vehicles pass through Randolph each day on Route 10 and over 13,000 travel on Sussex Turnpike daily, providing a highly desirable flow of potential customers to Randolph businesses. With its high traffic volume, numerous regional and national retailers are located in the Route 10 corridor including CVS, Weis Markets, Midas, Staples, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen and Subway. Sussex Turnpike is another retail center with locally owned businesses, such as Mount Freedom Golf, Rosie’s Trattoria, Burrini’s Olde World Market and John Herold Jewelers.
A closer look at major categories of businesses reveals that Randolph is home to over 90 smaller niche manufacturing operations that provide mechanical and electronic components for the aerospace, medical, industrial and marine industries. Warehousing, logistics and transportation companies provide regional and global services to the private sector and the government. These include businesses such as Schindler Elevator, Jan Packaging and Glenbrook Technologies.
In addition, over 70 medical facilities are located within Randolph. Medical offices range in many fields of specialization such as dentistry/ oral surgery, general practice, family practice, urgent care, cosmetic, pathology, physical therapy, wellness and pain relief. In addition the township is home to two assisted living facilities, Brightview and Sunrise, which offer congregate care, assisted living and Alzheimer’s/memory care. Medical care is also available for pets with several animal hospitals in the township.
Of course, Randolph has long been known for its great commercial recreation facilities. Aspen Business Park alone features ice hockey; ice skating, gymnastics, soccer, fencing, dance, climbing, and wrestling. Randolph is also home to several golf driving ranges, summer day camps and the region’s premier indoor firing range.
The retail businesses in Randolph include both the direct sale of merchandise to the consumer and also establishments providing services or entertainment, including over 40 restaurants and catering facilities, over 30 finance and insurance businesses, real estate and professional offices, such as accountants and attorneys and personal grooming businesses such as hair and nail salons.
In spite of the business challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are still opening. We were very happy to welcome several new businesses to Randolph in October and November: Artistry Skin Center on Sussex Turnpike, Dynamic Foot and Ankle on Center Grove Road, Stardust Smoke Shop also on Sussex Turnpike and Lightbridge Academy on Route 10. In addition, construction is underway, after a pandemic-related delay, for 2 new businesses on Route 10: Wawa and Metro Self Storage. We are looking forward to the opening of these new ventures in Randolph.
Recently, the Randolph Economic Development Committee, as part of their effort to encourage and facilitate the process of doing business within Randolph, launched a New Business Welcome Packet, which is a comprehensive guide for businesses interested in starting up, expanding, or relocating in Randolph Township.
The packet features vital information for businesses, covering important topics related to site selection, permitting, utility information, community support services, and more. Additionally, the packet highlights the many invaluable business resources available in Morris County, providing details and contact information for business advocates such as the Morris County Chamber of Commerce and the County College of Morris’ Center for Workforce Development. It is designed to be a “one-stop” resource for businesses, entrepreneurs, and potential developers planning to navigate the process of maintaining, growing, and/or relocating in the community. The New Business Welcome Packet is featured as a resource on the township websites, www.randolphnj.org, www.randolphnjedc.com, and www.randolphlocal.com, in addition to being available for pick up at the Municipal Building at 502 Millbrook Avenue.
The Economic Development Committee is also actively encouraging residents to support local businesses, as evidenced by “Support Local Business” signs popping up around town. Of course, November 28th is “Small Business Saturday”. I encourage all residents to shop local and support our Randolph businesses. Let’s keep business booming in Randolph.