WESTFIELD, NJ — At a Westfield Town Council conference meeting Tuesday night, town attorney Russell Finestein announced that a superior court judge’s decision earlier this summer to dismiss the case against Downtown Westfield’s Stop & Shop’s expansion has been appealed.

In June, many hoped that the legal battle fought for years over the expansion of the Stop & Shop supermarket in Westfield had finally come to a close after Judge Karen Cassidy of the Superior Court of New Jersey affirmed the planning board’s decision to allow Stop & Shop to expand.

The plaintiff appealed just before the 45-day deadline, according to Finestein. Next, it will go before the appellate division for further legal argument. It could be a year before any decision is made, Finestein told TAP into Westfield

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In December 2013, the planning board approved Stop & Shop’s application for the demolition of existing office space, expansion of its parking lot and construction of an 18,129-foot addition, as well as multiple variances.

In March of 2014, Hughes filed his complaint 

Stop & Shop has claimed that Hughes is merely a “straw man” that a competitor is able to use because he lives in Westfield.

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Stop & Shop is located at 219 Elm St. in Downtown Westfield.