UNION, NJ – The empty building at the intersection of Morris and Liberty Avenues, known as the ‘old ShopRite’ site, will become home to a new thrift chain store, 2nd Ave. Value Store.

2nd Ave. Value Stores will open the 40,000 sq. ft. store at the Union Shopping Center in the fall.  According to a press release from the company, the new store will include a library lounge, a hands-on kids-only play space, well-organized merchandise displays, mirroring those found in department stores, and expedited check-outs.

“According to 2nd Ave’s website, they have a mission of long standing relationships in the communities where they do business,” said Union's Assistant Business Administrator Tammie Baldwin.  “As such, we look forward to their involvement in the township’s community events and activities.”

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With 10 stores throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, 2nd Ave. Value Stores is dedicated to bringing customers the best value in clothing, household goods and collectibles, according to George Baltasar, chief operating officer. "The layout of the new Union location was designed to maximize the customer experience and will serve as a prototype for future 2nd Ave. stores."

“There seems to be an increasing presence of thrift stores throughout the country," added Baldwin, "and from an eco-friendly aspect, this frees landfills from millions of pounds of waste which is a win for the environment."

“We are extremely proud of our Union store and look forward to introducing 2nd Ave.’s easy, fun and efficient discount shopping experience to local consumers this fall,” said Baltasar.