ROXBURY, NJ – Demolition crews are well on their way to removing the last remaining walls of the former Ledgewood Walmart and a Roxbury official today said construction of the new store – and others in the proposed Shops at Ledgewood Commons – should begin after Labor Day.

The Walmart knock down is being done by Vollers, a demolition and excavation company from North Branch.

Huge piles of cinder blocks and other rubble now stand around the property. Even they will soon be gone. A Vollers worker at the site today said the debris will be crushed – starting July 25 – for use in building the foundation for the new open-air mall and Walmart Supercenter that will occupy the area.

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When The Shops at Ledgewood Commons project was announced in 2016, the developers anticipated it would open in 2017. That was later revised to 2019, a prediction proving to be unrealistic.

The Pace Will Quicken

But Roxbury Township Planning Department Director Russell Stern said people can expect to see a significant uptick in activity at the site this fall. Among the work ahead for the new mall will be the moving of the Barnes & Noble bookstore out of its current home and into the building that last housed a Sports Authority store, Stern said.

The building now leased by Barnes & Noble will be demolished and replaced by new structures.

Walmart has said it expects its new 170,000-square-foot Supercenter to open in autumn 2020. The new store will be about 50,000 square feet larger than the one now being demolished.

Meanwhile, construction crews will begin creating a left-turn lane for westbound Route 10 traffic, allowing cars headed west to enter the mall by going down Mary Louise Avenue.

Stern stressed the complexity of the project, noting the many planning, demolition and construction phases that have to be coordinated, including utilities.

Businesses at the site are expected to include Walmart, Marshalls, Ashley Furniture, 24-Hour Fitness, Barnes & Noble, Ulta, Five Below, Men’s Wearhouse, Wendy’s, Red Lobster, Lemon Tree Salon a grocery store, more restaurants and other retailers.

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