READINGTON – Commuters on Route 22 eastbound from Hunterdon in Somerset County will have a new place to grab their morning coffee, breakfast and petrol from Tuesday.
QuickChek, headquartered in Whitehouse, will open its 161st store at 5 a.m. Tuesday on Route 22 eastbound at County Line Road. It is the first store in the company’s hometown, 4 miles from its headquarters and support center.
“The opening of our new Readington Township store allows us to meet the demand for safe and convenient shopping and fuel service in the area,” said Don Leech, vice president of marketing and operations for QuickChek, in a statement. “It will also serve as a foundation for us to honor our community partners as we continue our commitment to give back to the communities we serve.”
Of the 142 QuickChek stores in New Jersey, only two are in Hunterdon County. The other is on Route 31 southbound in West Amwell.
The closest QuickChek to the new location is about a mile east at the intersection of Route 22 and Route 28 westbound.
As part of the store’s grand opening, QuickChek will donate 25 cents for every sub, sandwich and wrap sold in the store from February 1 through March 1 to Readington Township Little League.
The new 5,496 square foot store, which will be open 24 hours a day, will create 35 to 45 new jobs, including eight management positions. QuickChek estimates that each location typically generates around $1 million in tax revenue.
The store will have indoor seating for 10 people and outdoor seating for eight. The interior counters will be equipped with charging stations for phones and laptops with free Wi-Fi.
There will be five pumps offering 10 refueling stations and 58 parking spaces.
The new store is located at the west end of the apartment boom in the Route 22 corridor in Branchburg.
QuickChek searched for years for a location on Route 22 eastbound near the Hunterdon-Somerset border.
In 2016, QuickChek abandoned plans to build a store on Route 22 eastbound near the Route 28 intersection in the face of fierce opposition from neighborhood residents.
After nine months of public hearings, Readington approved a usage gap for the new store in 2017 and the site plan two years later.
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