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Court Rules in Favor of ShopRite, Wyckoff Planning Board

A court case claiming a conflict of interest was struck down, but Inserra Supermarkets and the township are still facing other court claims.

A ShopRite that was unanimously approved by the Wyckoff Planning Board in 2012 took one step closer to becoming a reality Thursday after a Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of the supermarket and the board, according to a NorthJersey.com report.

According to the report, the judge ruled in favor of the planning board and Inserra Supermarkets in a suit filed by the nearby Stop & Shop claiming that there was a conflict of interest involving a traffic expert who testified during the Shop Rite hearing in front of the township Planning Board.

Stop & Shop attorney Gail Price argued that Wyckoff Planning Board engineer and traffic expert Gary Dean had a conflict of interest because his partner was testifying on behalf of Inserra Supermarkets on a Shop Rite application in New Milford, the report said. The Board removed Dean from the hearing as soon as it found out about the potential conflict, it said.

Superior Court Judge William Meehan ruled that Dean did not have a conflict of interest, and that the township planning board proceeded appropriately, the report said.

The Boulder Run Stop & Shop, which is located next door to the approved Shop Rite location, filed suit last year alleging this conflict of interest as well as other claims.

According to NorthJersey.com, a judge ruled in favor of the township on another count in August, saying that the Shop Rite is an appropriate use of the space.

Other aspects of the case, which claim the board issued variances inappropriately, are set to be heard in court on Jan. 29, the report said.

The board unanimously approved the 62,000 square foot supermarket at the previous site of an A&P Supermarket on Greenwood Avenue in 2012 after three years of testimony. 

John Zannini January 10, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Wonderful news that the court struck down this conflict of interest claim. Hopefully Shoprite can now begin to move forward and get on with building a quality store on that site that has been a blight on Wyckoff for many years.
Elizabeth January 10, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Thank you Stop and Shop for another total WASTE of tax payers dollars. We get you don't want the competition, but now the residents in the township get to pay lawyers to defend the ruling. Great way to engender customers.
kukols January 10, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Let's go! Build! I can't wait to shop at Shop Rite!
Craig Simon January 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM
While I like Shoprite, building one next door to Stop and Shop is just dumb. Now you can start counting down the days til Stop and Shop closes down and we trade one empty building for another. To all that think this is a good idea, don't complain about the traffic once it opens.
NLTITAN January 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Craig - who cares if Stop and Shop closes! They don't have the variety and best of all the prices that Shop Rite has. But don't forget people of the Wyckoff area - it will be more expensive than Fair Lawn and probably Oakland. We always had two stores in Wyckoff - not counting the stores over 208 Cedar Hill!!!! Also - traffic was no problem when Grand Union, A&P, Walgreens, Motor Vehicles, Leslie Pools, etc, was there!! What is the big deal with one store???????????????? Wake up people! I bet breaking grown for the store still will not happen in 2014!
Craig Simon January 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM
@NLTITAN, I care that there will be another empty store once again in Boulder Run once it closes….not because it's Stop and Shop. Having two huge grocery stores in town is ridiculous. There's traffic in town now WITHOUT any of the stores you mentioned. Why aren't those grocery stores still there? Probably because there's only room in town for one. Are you really trying to tell me that having a Leslie Pools in town would drive up traffic in town? Go to any Leslie Pools and see how many people are in there besides you. No traffic problem? Try crossing Wyckoff Ave tonight on Franklin when cars are backed up to town hall.
NLTITAN January 11, 2014 at 08:14 AM
Craig - I was just saying how many stores were there previously and there wasn't traffic. You want traffic? Try the Wyckoff YMCA!!!! How long have you been in Wyckoff? Do you do the grocery shopping?
Craig Simon January 11, 2014 at 08:58 AM
@NLTITAN, been here for 13 yrs and yes I've gone through my share of Camp Wydaca pickup/drop off traffic but that's seasonal. This will be adding so much more traffic from out of town. There's a Stop and Shop a few miles in either direction so it wasn't bringing in additional traffic really. Yes, I do the grocery shopping but mostly go out of town for that. I also shop at Stop and Shop occasionally out of convenience. Would I have preferred a Shoprite? Yes. But I don't mind driving to Oakland, Ramsey or Paramus. Ideally, replacing the Stop and Shop with a Shoprite would have been better but that wasn't going to happen. Having two huge grocery stores next to each other really is a bad idea and one is doomed to fail and it won't be Shoprite. So, when Stop and Shop becomes an empty building, what are you going to put there? Is it going to just sit empty for years? Look at what happened to the Ben Franklin store.
NLTITAN January 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Ben Franklin??? They had to leave because they couldn't afford the lease! Why do you think Boulder Run has all those empty facilities????? I've been in Wyckoff for 61 years even BEFORE grocery stores were here. I remember the butcher shop and the pharmacy, deli, etc. I bet you didn't know we had a bowling alley in Wyckoff! Bring that back! Whose problem is that if Stop and Shop folds? I've asked the Manager to get certain products and they can't do it. If you don't buy Boars Head products you're out of luck in Stop and Shop and A&P. If you don't shop in Wyckoff - WHY do you care ANYWAY???
Craig Simon January 11, 2014 at 02:06 PM
Again. Traffic, and the idiocy of putting two large grocery stores next to each other in a town that doesn't need it. Why not just not just put a huge gym there that has nearly the same facilities as the YMCA but cheaper? Then the Y can close down. Who cares right? Dumb idea right? Same thing.
Q January 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM
I totally agree with Craig Simon. There is a reason there aren't two large grocery stores in town...our population can't support two and yes, one will close down after a time (most likely Stop and Shop) and we'll be in the same predicament of having a large, boxy eyesore to contend with. Also, I prefer Stop and Shop to Shoprite, which I believe to be lower in quality with regard to fresh foods. Once Stop and Shop goes out of business, Shoprite prices will go up in Wyckoff, Ramsey and Oakland and Inserra will continue to press into other towns in hopes of putting more grocery stores out of business until they have a monopoly and you can bet the prices will be astronomical then...just a matter of time.
brian January 12, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Some of the comments posted here make little sense. Maybe there is room for two grocery stores, maybe there isn't. But that is capitalism so too bad. Is it more likely that Stop and Shop would be the one to close up shop. Yeah, most likely. As far as the store sitting closed and being a eye soar. That is unlikely given the newness of the building. More likely that will depend upon the landlord Hekemenian who has a large amount of empty buildings around Bergen county (including Boulder Run itself) and their reputation for being aggressive with rates. Why can't that building be something else? You can subdivide it or make it something else: A scaled down Lowes, a bowling alley, a kids fun house or whatever else one can think up. For the right price, you can rent anything. In terms of food pricing, anyone who does regularly shopping will tell you that on rank and file groceries, shop rite is the price leader by far. As far as overall quality produce and organization of store, Stop and Shop probably prevails there but if you really are that concerned the ride to Kings, Whole Foods, Market Basket, Fairway isn't all that far away. This idea that prices will go up in other area Shop Rites if Stop and Shop goes out of business in Wyckoff is most preposterous. For one, Shop Rite is a cooperative and prices are pretty much the same in every store, by and large. Second, there are other options Foodtown, A&P etc and its not like the Stop and Shop in Ridgewood is all that far away. Also, Kings and A&P are in fairly close proximity and they survive. Lastly, even if you feel there should not be a Shop Rite, the sight is and has been an eye soar and no one else has stopped up with a better idea as the site crumbles further. As far as traffic, yeah there will probably be some more but I guess that will even out when Stop and Shop goes out of business as those on the site would like to think.
NLTITAN January 12, 2014 at 03:31 PM
HEY Guys - Obviously you don't listen - I'm DONE commenting on the Shop Rite situation!!! You want to pay more for food - go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NLTITAN January 12, 2014 at 03:31 PM
It's funny - you don't care how much this has cost you in taxes!! Why haven't you brought that up???
NLTITAN January 12, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Hey Q - You are the only one that got it right!!!! It's Inserra - Heikimen (don't know spelling) that RULES our TOWN. Why don't you guys talk about that? Craig!!!
NLTITAN January 12, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Finally!!! Brian - I guess you read my comments! Wyckoff had a bowlng alley. Heikmen OWNS Wyckoff! I'm surprised he doesn't have ownership in the Brick House, The Brick House C igar Store, Aldos, etc. I have no doubt in my mind all these are totally combined!!!!!! Craig, no don't want to hear! Keep bring up the dam crap about two grocery stores!! I keep telling you Wyckoff had THREE!!!!! Want to complain - why the heck should I pay for laptops for high school students??? My parents paid for my supplies, I paid for my children's supplies - why should I pay for Wyckoff parents kids supplies???????????????????????????????????
Craig Simon January 12, 2014 at 05:47 PM
@NLTITAN, you are "DONE" commenting but comment 3 more times? Yes, Q is right AND he agrees with me. Brian also has some valid points but please, it's "eye sore" not "eye soar". Yes, I keep bringing up the "dam crap about two grocery stores" because that's what this story and discussion is about, not the other things you are ranting about with your repeated punctuation marks. Go on about Inserra ruling our town but you want them to build a Shoprite here? I don't care if there were 50 supermarkets in town back in the day, the fact of the matter is that only one remains...for a reason. There are plenty of supermarkets within a 4 mile radius of town. I'm unsubscribing from this discussion since I have to keep repeating myself to you. Shoprite will be built regardless of what I or anyone else thinks so it is pointless to keep going on in circles. **Someone, ANYONE, please get NLTITAN some lower cost deli meat (preferably not Boar's Head) because he seems to be suffering from sodium and nitrate withdrawal. He can't be bothered to drive 10 minutes to Shoprite Oakland or Ramsey, he's too busy buying our children laptops for crying out loud. Enjoy the traffic.
Q January 12, 2014 at 06:53 PM
Take comfort in knowing you're not alone, Craig. Yes, not much we can do but it feels good to air one's point of view, even if nothing changes .
NLTITAN January 13, 2014 at 07:20 AM
I think you're both (Craig and Q) getting a little crazy over this whole thing!! I don't need comments like I'm suffering from sodium and nitrate withdrawal!! How do you make a comment like that when all I said was you don't have a choice of products! I told you I was done going back and forth and now you came back again!!!!!! I will enjoy the traffic - THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Q January 13, 2014 at 12:38 PM
I think Craig's comments are quite humorous and perhaps an attempt at giving the comment board a little more levity. I had to LOL upon reading them. Thanks.
NLTITAN January 13, 2014 at 07:15 PM
Gee - thanks Q - I thought you were on his side!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ed January 16, 2014 at 12:02 AM
Let me see if I have this straight. Craig says that if ShopRite is built, he's guessing that the Stop & Shop will close. He goes on to add that he would rather have a ShopRite than a Stop & Shop but complains that we're trading one empty building for another. Doesn't common sense dictate that the empty store be the one that he does NOT prefer rather than the one he drives to other towns to shop at? Hey Craig, you didn't also happen to help create Nobama Care and help set up its web site,, did you???
Craig Simon January 16, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Curious to see where this thread went after I check out. @Ed you seem to have the same reading comprehension, repeating punctuation and topic tangents as NLTITAN. Yes, I do prefer a Shoprite over a Stop and Shop since there are two others a few miles away. That said, when Shoprite opens and Stop and Shop closes, wouldn't the empty store be Stop and Shop?
Craig Simon January 16, 2014 at 08:08 AM
@Q-That was indeed my intention. Thanks for the support even though NLTITAN read it as support for his side for some inexplicable reason.
Ed January 17, 2014 at 12:01 AM
Craig - YOU are the one who has a READING COMPREHENSION problem!!!! My sentence above reads "...the empty store will be the one he does NOT prefer..." In case you are confused, read YOUR OWN STATEMENT!!! You PREFER a ShopRite, ergo, the closed one will be the Stop & Shop. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WROTE! If you have a problem with sentences that are more than ten words long, please reread them before typing a moronic response. Hope you understood the prior sentence; it had 22 words!!!!! I started to read ALL of your prior e-mails on this subject. I couldn't get through the first two without gagging on YOUR usage of grammer, punctuation, etc. I will point them out in a day or two.

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