The new Sports Authority at Mill Creek Mall has set an opening date and plans a “Giant” ceremony in the coming weeks … A Secaucus-based pet food start-up inks a deal with a major food marketer … Children’s Place consolidates its sprawling Secaucus operation … Xanadu, well, you shouldn’t be surprised about this news …
GAME ON: The Sports Authority will unlock its doors at the Mill Creek Mall (31 Mill Creek Drive) with a grand opening event set for Sat. April 4. (Update: The store is currently open ahead of the official date.)
The great Giants linebacker Carl Banks will be on hand from 1 to 2 p.m and there will be hourly giveaways all day from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The store is mailing coupons around town.
FOR THE DOGS: Freshpet, a three-year-old Secaucus-based national marketer of refrigerated food for dogs, got a big boost last week when it aligned with Tyson Foods, the second-largest food company in the U.S.
Under the deal, Tyson has taken a minority stake in Freshpet as the Secaucus company benefits from Tyson’s distribution network, product research and supply of meat and poultry.
The overall goal is to push the $17 billion pet food market toward fresh, refrigerated (and, of course, pricier) meals.
Freshpet’s brands are sold in 3,000 stores in the U.S. and the company says it has commitments for another thousand stores. The Tyson deal should expand on that.
CP SQUEEZES IN: Children’s Place, the national retailer headquarted in Secaucus, is consolidating its operations across three buildings in town into a 120K square-foot location at 500 Plaza Drive by the fall.
costar.com reports that the new space is in Hartz Mountain’s Atrium 3 building at 500 Plaza Drive on the third and fourth floors. Last month, the company said it was shipping out its e-commerce operation (and 350 jobs) to Alabama. CP has terminated its Hartz Mountain leases for 245K square feet at 2 Emerson Lane and 203K square feet at 915 Secaucus Road, according to GlobeSt.com.
XANADU UPDATE: The $2 billion Xanadu development, which has been delayed again from its August opening date, suffered another setback as an $11M lawsuit was filed against one of its lenders.
NorthJersey.com reports today on that development, while noting work slowed late last week as a lender stopped funding construction.
The media section of Xanadu’s website has also apparently been taken down.
A new opening date has not been set but speculation (and hope) seems to center on spring of 2010. The Giants and Jets will play their first season in their new stadium that year.
Also in the area, East Rutherford may have suffered another blow when Bergen Community College said it is scrapping plans to build a $30M campus near the new football stadium. It may still enter the area and buy an exiting building, its president told the Associated Press earlier this month.