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Cinemark Theater and Two Anchors Receive Approvals from Watchung Planning Board to Replace Route 22 Sears

The landmark Sears has been open for business at Rte. 22 at Terrill Road for decades. Credits: Sean Conklin
"Legend of Watchung" mural was on view inside the Sears store on U.S. Route 22 East in Watchung for decades. Credits: B. Nemcek
Plan for the Sears site
Watchung Planning Board Meeting

WATCHUNG, NJ - Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and the Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approvals at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept.19, two days after the retailer is scheduled to close its doors on Route 22.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the two stores identified who will occupy a two tenant building on the Sears retail site and a 10-screen Cinemark Theater will occupy the Sears automotive site. 

Representatives from Seritage Growth Properties, the owner of both sites, said that they are still seeking tenants for the four pad sites and the three tenant retail building planned for the Sears retail site. Lighting, security, building finishes and traffic were also discussed.

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According to their website, TJX Companies operates T.J. Maxx and Marshalls (combined, Marmaxx), HomeGoods and Sierra Trading Post, as well as and, are operated in the United States.

The website says that HomeSense, as well as Winners and Marshalls (combined, TJX Canada) are operated in Canada; and T.K. Maxx in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Australia, as well as HomeSense and in the U.K. (combined, TJX International)


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