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Stew Leonard’s to Create 350 Jobs With First NJ Store

A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for Stew Leonard’s first grocery store in New Jersey. Located at the Paramus Park Mall, the 80,000-square-foot store is expected to create more than 350 new jobs in the region.

When completed, the new, state-of-the-art facility, which is replacing a famed 45-year-old Sears department store,  will bring farm fresh food shopping to New Jersey with dozens of chefs, butchers, fishmongers and more, preparing gourmet foods daily.

The new Paramus space will feature an in-store “from-scratch” bakery, Stew Leonard’s signature one-way aisle, and interactive animatronic characters, which will perform shows to entertain families while shopping. In fact, the family-owned and operated fresh food store, which was founded in 1969, earned the nickname the “Disneyland of Dairy Stores” by the New York Times because of its country-fair atmosphere, with costumed characters and animated entertainment throughout the store. The company was also designated the “World’s Largest Dairy Store” by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Stew Leonard’s currently has six locations in Connecticut and New York State. The Paramus Park Mall will also be the new home of Stew Leonard’s Wines & Spirits of Paramus, which will move from their current location at 396 Route 17 N to the interior of the Paramus food store, offering shoppers convenient, one-stop-shopping for fresh food as well as more than 1,600 wines, 800 spirits and 500 beers.

Stew Leonard’s is a $400-million-a-year company currently welcoming more 11 million shoppers annually.

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