The wait is over for Morristown residents counting down the days until they can order their caffe lattes and mocha frappuccinos.
Starbucks, the newest addition to the Shops on the Green, will hold a grand opening celebration on July 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to come enjoy live music, free specialty coffee drinks and complimentary pastries while mingling with local dignitaries and members of the Morristown business community.
This will be the first Starbucks to open in New Jersey in two years. The purveyor of specialty coffees is returning to Morristown after a five-year hiatus and will occupy a 2,100 square-foot storefront at The Shops on the Green at 40 Park, near its original location. The store will be managed by a former Morristown Starbucks employee, Jennifer Perkoski, who has worked at various other local Starbucks since the Morristown location closed in 2006. Mrs. Perkoski has a bond with these local customers, having grown up in Morris Plans, graduated from Morristown High School in 1998 and worked at area Starbucks for 11 years.
“Coming home to manage the Morristown Starbucks is a dream come true for me,” Mrs. Perkoski said. “The store is beautiful. There is a lot of sunlight, brand new equipment and seating for more than 30 people, as well as outdoor seating. The customers I’ve talked to are really looking forward to it and I’m excited that I will have an opportunity to contribute the store’s success.”
Customers who remember the pre-2006 Starbucks will likely be ordering their coffee from some familiar faces. Long-time Baristas Enrique and Terry will join Mrs. Perkoski as employees of the original Morristown Starbucks who are returning to work in the new location at 40 Park.
“As a company, we are very dedicated to the community,” Mrs. Perkoski said. “Our group here will receive time off to volunteer at local soup kitchens and every day, all of the food that we don’t sell will be donated to area charities. We want to do all that we can to give back to the Morristown community.”
The new Starbucks is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified store. Starbucks will be following strict guidelines from three categories to maintain its LEED status: construction indoor air quality, waste management and post-construction conservation. The strict practices, including the use of portable air scrubbers and a vacuum system, will eliminate dust and debris from the air, allowing Starbucks customers to enjoy air quality of the highest standards. Additionally, more than 75 percent of material used in the store will be recycled and waste will be minimized through the use of devices such as hand dryers instead of paper towels.
“Finding a retailer that is the right fit for a community is an important part of effective mixed-use development, and we feel that Starbucks is an ideal match for Morristown,” said Debra Tantleff, Vice President of Roseland Property Company, which is spearheading the redevelopment of downtown Morristown in partnership with Woodmont Properties.
“Starbucks is the type of business residents like having in their community and one of the many stores at the Shops on the Green that we believe they will enjoy patronizing for years to come. The fact that it is situated in a bright, beautifully-furnished location further adds to its appeal. Many people make going to Starbucks part of their daily routine and other local businesses will benefit from the boost in pedestrian traffic.”
Starbucks joins a growing list of eateries and retail establishments that have recently opened at The Shops on the Green, including Roots Steak House, Urban Table, the AT&T Store and Qdoba Mexican Grill. The shops boast 70,000 square feet of retail space and serve as the foundation for the new 76-unit 40 Park luxury condominium building and the 130-unit Metropolitan at 40 Park rental building, built by the Roseland/Woodmont partnership.
For more information on retail opportunities at the Shops on the Green, please call Cushman & Wakefield at (973) 993-1200.
For more information on 40 Park and The Metropolitan at 40 Park, visit the communities’ websites at www.40park.com and www.metropolitanat40park.com.