A very busy intersection at the Jersey Shore is about to get busier with the addition of several new stores and a popular food chain.

The Eatontown Plaza is getting a facelift and a new name.

Sawa Hibachi and Sushi Bar is in the process of being demolished as Eatontown officials have given the green light to a new shopping center called Eatontown 36.

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Part of those plans includes a stand-alone Chick-fil-A. That will take the place of Sawa. Construction has already begun on the popular fast-food restaurant.

Eatontown Plaza has an enormous parking lot. Far larger than what they need. In the middle of that parking lot, developers will be building new retail space. The only confirmed tenant so far is Sleep Number.

Best Buy, T.J. Maxx, and Wells Fargo aren't going anywhere. However, they will be getting new neighbors.

Plans are calling for Total Wine to open next to T.J. Maxx so you don't have to go far to drink after realizing how much you spent on clothes and accessories. Kidding!

Party City will be parked next to Best Buy so you can buy a bunch of balloons to celebrate purchasing that 90-inch TV. C'mon, you deserve it.

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Brick-and-mortar retail is in a fight to survive in our very digital world.

This Asbury Park Press broke this story and they got a comment from Andrew Janiw, principal of Beacon Planning & Consulting Services in Colts Neck.

We are proposing uses that are something that typically people will not be able to get on the internet. They will want to see, touch, feel bedding. Chick-fil-A will attract drivers on their way to the shore, golf courses, and Monmouth Park.

Are you for more development in Eatontown? What stores would you like to see open at Eatontown 36? Let me know. matt@943thepoint.com.

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