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Wellness Center, FreshGrocer Store & Parking Deck Nears Completion

Robert Wood Johnson Collaboration with Devco and NBPA Set to Open This Fall
Wellness Center Construction
Wellness Center under construction at the corner of Joyce Kilmer and Paterson. Charles Kratovil

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The latest mega-development project in New Brunswick, a 12-story Health & Wellness Center, is on schedule to open this fall, according to a report on New Brunswick's Patch.com.

City spokesman Rusell Marchetta confirmed the project's planned opening is still on pace for "an October-November timeframe."

The Wellness Center is a joint venture of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the New Brunswick Development Corporation, and the New Brunswick Parking Authority, which will operate a 1,275-space parking garage that will take up most of the structure.

According to Stephen K. Jones, Robert Wood Johnson's CEO and President, the center will offer New Brunswick's residents, workers, and visitors a fitness gymnasium, three pools, fitness screenings and classes, personal trainers, community health programs, and physical therapy.  Monthly memberships will be half-price for city residents, just $30 a month, and a sizable upfront fee will be waived as well.

The swimming pools will be also be used by New Brunswick High School's swim team, as well as elementary students in New Brunswick's public schools, who will receive swim instruction as part of their curriculum at no cost to the school district aside from busing the students to the Wellness Center.

The pools were funded in part by $3M grant from Middlesex County taxpayers, approved by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders last year.

The $105.1M structure will also include first new supermarket to open in downtown New Brunswick in decades, at the intersection of Route 27 and an extended Kirkpatrick Street.  FreshGrocer, a Pennsylvania-based supermarket chain, says their first store in New Jersey will offer a full supermarket that will offer grocies and much more.

Currently New Brunswick has three chain supermarkets: Foodtown, Bravo, and Aldi, as well as several small and medium-sized independent grocery stores.  Only the Bravo supermarket, previously a CTown until last year, is located in downtown.

Grant McLoughlin, executive vice president at FreshGrocer, told New Brunswick Patch that the supermarket will feature an expanded produce section, two cafes, a sushi bar, brick-oven pizza, catering services, as well as coffee, smoothie, and gelato bars, fresh seafood, and a meat market, and a full-service bakery.