When Corrado’s Market applied for a certificate of occupancy to open its long-awaited store in Brick Township, a Superior Court judge granted an eviction petition against the business.
Several eviction notices were posted on the door of the future supermarket, located in the Laurel Square shopping center that stretches between Route 88 and Route 70. It was to take up much of the space formerly occupied by the supermarket Pathmark. before the chain went bankrupt in 2015.
Just two weeks ago, officials said they heard from one of the managers of Corrado’s, which operates six stores in North Jersey, that the Brick location would be open by July 4. A township building official confirmed to Shorebeat last week that the company had applied for its certificate of occupancy, one of the last steps before opening a business to the public.
According to legal notices posted outside the store, the eviction order was issued on behalf of Brixmor Laurel Square, the mall’s New York-based owner, on May 17. After this order was issued, Corrado’s brought a motion to stay the eviction. Last week, on June 8, Superior Court Judge John M. Doran ruled on the case and denied the motion, finalizing the order. This decision led to the posting of notices on the storefront.
“The tenants of this rental space have been evicted and the lessor has been returned to full possession of it,” the notice said.
Full closing arguments for the case were not available due to a measure implemented during the coronavirus pandemic that blocks public access to proceedings in landlord-tenant courts across the state. This court ruling established confidentiality standards for matters arising from non-payment of rent for the period from March 2020 to August 2021. The only public information available is the text of the order itself which is displayed at showcase.
An email sent to one of Corrado’s managers over the weekend went unanswered.
Beyond the issue of the eviction from the Laurel Square store, there is that of the liquor license that Corrado bought from Brick Township. The license was purchased for $575,000 in 2019 and came with numerous usage restrictions.
In order to qualify to bid on the licence, the buyer’s business had to be located in the northern part of The Brick, defined as the area north of the Metedeconk River. In addition to the geographic requirement, the bidder should open in an “existing vacant building” located in a shopping mall. It should also be located in the B-3 shopping area and at least half a mile from any other liquor stores.
Corrado met all the conditions by moving into Laurel Square, but it’s still unclear how those restrictions will be handled if Corrado decides to change the location or sell the license privately.