At long last, the old A&P building on St. Georges Avenue has a tenant, albeit a very temporary one.
Halloween City is getting ready to open at the supermarket building, which closed two years ago. Everything's all set, except for one minor thing: the town's building department hasn't given its permission yet for the store to open.
"We're waiting for the OK," said Kirsten, the store's general manager. "They said we were missing a few ceiling tiles."
The A&P building was in foreclosure last year, and is still up for sale.
Considering the short shelf life of a store devoted to all things Halloween, any delay is an issue. With October 31 around the corner, time is of the essence.
"We're hoping it's soon," Kirsten said.
Meanwhile, the Burlington Coat Factory opened up last Friday, just down the road on Route 1 at the Woodbridge Crossing Shopping Center.
You can recognize it by the huge hole in the parking deck fronting the building.
The parking deck hole where part of the structure crashed down in August didn't stop the township from giving its permission for that store to open on time. The store opened with a temporary fence across the hole in the parking deck, which also blocks off one set of doors to the building.
Meanwhile, students at Woodbridge High School, right across the street from the Halloween store have been filling out applications to work there.
"It's a great place to work," said Kirsten, adding that people love to deck out their homes as well as dress up for the scary holiday.
"Some people drop thousands of dollars for Halloween," she said.
Halloween City is a spin-off business of Party City.