With the demolition of Sears in progress and lots of rumors regarding what's going there, we've gotten word from Ocean County Mall about what is going in that spot.

In a press release, Simon Properties announced that LA Fitness and HomeSense will be coming to the mall.

LA Fitness will be on the Hooper Avenue side of the mall across from BJ’s Brewhouse & Restaurant due to open this summer. LA Fitness will occupy 34,000 square feet and feature a swimming pool. Simon says (ha) LA will open "no later than the 1st quarter of 2020."

Lifestyle retailer Homesense expects to open at Ocean County Mall in the second half of 2020. Simon is saying that Homesense will be part of the mall's "retail hub."

What we don't know is if this is it. Not that I don't welcome LA Fitness and Homesense, but I think we were all expecting some a little more, I don't know, exciting? This is likely only the beginning. Watch this space.

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