UNION, NJ, - Starbucks, CVS Pharmacy, and &pizza have signed leases at the new Shoppes at Vermella on Morris Avenue across from Kean University, according to Russo Development.

The Shoppes at Vermella are 82% leased, with a Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread already open at the 42-acre mixed-use community, Russo Development said.   According to Wikipedia, &pizza is a fast casual pizza restaurant chain with locations along the east coast.  The restaurant sells personal and customizable oblong-shaped pizzas.

“The Shoppes at Vermella are one element of our strategy to create a destination for our residents, the local business community as well as our neighbors in Union and at Kean University,” said Michael Pembroke, COO of Russo Development. “Vermella Union’s mixed-use component, luxury apartment homes, resort-style amenities and proximity to transit have already been well-received and we look forward to sharing the completed community.”

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The leasing office at Vermella Union has begun showing apartments for the first phase of rentals.  According to Russo Development, at full build-out, Vermella Union’s campus-style community will include “over 1,250 luxury apartments, a 25,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, state-of-the-art fitness centers, resort-style pool, outdoor lounge and dining areas, expansive roof deck, business center, demonstration kitchen, multi-sport sports simulator and game room, screening room, children’s playroom and convenient package concierge.”

Vermella Union consists of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom modern apartments with "gourmet kitchens with full-size stainless-steel appliances, in-unit washer and dryers, spacious closets and spa-like bathrooms featuring matte stone", according to Russo Development.