ROXBURY, NJ – A hair salon in the former Ledgewood Mall is changing its name and moving to a nearby building that last served as a Pizza Hut.
The Cutting Crew salon will become Lemon Tree Salon when it occupies the former restaurant at 301 Route 10 in Ledgewood in several months. Cutting Crew Manager Brenda Morales said the move is expected to take place in February or March.
Construction crews are busy remodeling the interior of the building which closed in 2016. Plans on file with the township show a 10-chair styling area, a 2-chair shampoo area, two dryer chairs, a color bar and other accoutrements including a reception area and a waiting room.
The building is adjacent to, but not part of, the former Ledgewood Mall property which is being converted into The Shops at Ledgewood Commons. It is on five acres bought in 2017 for $4 million by Ledgewood Outparcel Investors, a Bridgewater company with the same address as the owners of the Ledgewood Commons property.
Morales said she anticipates no staffing changes when the move takes place. Cutting Crew has been in business for more than 25 years, she said, and Morales has worked there for 18.
Braving the Bulldozers
Demolition work for The Shops at Ledgewood Commons project, which so far entailed the razing of a Macy’s store and the gutting of the former Ledgewood Mall between Ashley Furniture and Walmart, has caused some hardship for Cutting Crew, Morales said.
“It has hurt our business,” she said. “We get phone calls daily asking if we are still here.”
The good news, for Cutting Crew, is that most of its clients “have been coming for many years,” Morales said. She did not know whether the salon will move into the new mall when it is opened or remain in the former Pizza Hut building. “I want to say it’s permanent,” Morales said. “But they just told us we’d be moving to a new place at the old Pizza Hut.”
The salon is owned by Salon Development of East Hanover. It’s president and CEO, Johathan Shaw, could not be immediately reached for comment.
The salon's new home is on five acres bought in 2017 for $4 million by Ledgewood Outparcel Investors, a Bridgewater company with the same address as the owners of the Ledgewood Commons property. Permit applications with Roxbury were filed by DeBartolo Construction, an arm of DeBartolo Development, one of the partners in the Ledgewood Commons project.
The lot that houses the former Pizza Hut also includes a Wendy’s and a Red Lobster. It is being unofficially integrated into the new mall, now expected to be finished in 2020.
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