What Stores, Restaurants Should Go in the Clark Commons Shopping Center?

A Whole Foods supermarket will be the largest renter on the property.

Construction on the 28-acre Clark Commons shopping center on Raritan Road is underway – even as we told readers last week about a lawsuit filed against the project by ShopRite.

Developer Bill Krame has confirmed that Whole Foods will be the anchor supermarket in the complex, but we want to know: What other stores does Clark need? What stores and restaurants would you like to see in the new shopping center?

Tell us in the comments. 


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Monika Surma January 15, 2014 at 06:31 AM
A nice non chain restaurant and classy bar.
Perc January 15, 2014 at 09:40 AM
It's just another grocery store-based shopping plaza. Hardly a "town center."
Christine M January 15, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Maggiano's Little Italy and stores for people of all ages would be nice BUT what I'd really like to see is how that whole area is NOT going to be a worse traffic NIGHTMARE than it is already! I think Clark is taking on way more than it can handle!
Gary Susalis January 15, 2014 at 04:50 PM
An Italian pork store, Sushi restaurant, Kidz Village, Steak House (non-chain).
Courtney Kennedy McCarthy January 15, 2014 at 05:12 PM
The Melting Pot fondue restaurant, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Pier 1
Lisa M. January 15, 2014 at 06:03 PM
Maggianos, PF Changs, or On the Border. We do not need an Applebees or Fridays since there are so many in the area. Stores like Express, Pottery Barn, and Michael Kors would be nice. I hope Sal lives up to his promise of having classier stores in the center. Clark does not need any 5Below or Family Dollar type stores!!
Steve Wilson January 16, 2014 at 08:19 AM
Ruth's Chris Steak House, Maggiano's, On the Border, and PF Chang's China Bistro are great choices. Mix it up with a Waffle House, self-serve yogurt place and it's perfect. If we can control the traffic then it can be successful.
Karen Kovitch January 16, 2014 at 09:57 AM
Jon, If you look at labels you can find things made in the USA. There is a chain of stores " http://www.madeinamericastore.com/ " I believe most would agree we need to support the US economy, not China's.
WILLIAN CARUSO January 18, 2014 at 03:49 PM
the above comments are a joke the developer will put in their who ever will pay him the highest rent you people have no say in it. this is just a big put on.
Employed in Clark January 19, 2014 at 11:55 AM
an Apple store????
Employed in Clark January 19, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Bill, this is a forum on the Internet, not a city council meeting. It is for fun. If you don't know that, you are very naive. Stop trolling the project because your solar display didn't work out.
Mike Savad January 19, 2014 at 05:48 PM
i'd like to see a nice buffet. a large homedepot would be nice or better a lowes. though that would eat up more space. i think there are plenty of food stores, but that area is hard to drive in, so a back entrance would be nice. a totes outlet is always convenient.
bob barrett January 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM
For some reason going back many years Clark has never had an appealing center such as Westfield, Cranford, Scotch plains, Fanwood, etc. The development of the Gypsum site offers an opportunity to provide a pleasant shopping area. What is important is a thorough ,objective review of the developers plans to assure we get the BEST choice of facilities. Clark provides one big plus the other towns don't. Free parking . We don' have any of those meters or paid parking spaces being checked by a police officer getting 100,000 salary for giving out tickets. Let's support the Mayor and Council in this project.
Michele January 24, 2014 at 07:31 AM
Bob, you do realize this will bring more crime to Clark? Over the past year there have been several violent crimes on the Clark/Cranford border. 1) Woman held up at knife point in the vicinity of the Krausers on Raritan; 2) Car jacking with a weapon at the Dunkin Donuts on Raritan and Walnut; 3) Service station on Raritan held up at knife point TWICE in the past year. How nice that Clark will be providing the criminal element with a new venue! And being right near the parkway I would think it would make for a very convenient get-away route. All those tax dollars the mayor expects to get from this project can be funneled to the very wonderful Clark Police department. They will need more officers. Good luck.
Steve January 25, 2014 at 05:40 PM
The previous poster misperceives the crime problem (even with all her capital letters and exclamation points). The sky won't fall if a new shopping center with a Whole Foods -- an excellent food store with a great reputation for quality and environmental friendliness -- moves into the area. The crime on Raritan Road is primarily due to its proximity to the Garden State Parkway (Exit 136), as well as providing "easy targets" like Dunkin Donuts, convenience stores and gas stations. These are very high-risk retailers with historically high crime rates. The same sort of establishments have experienced repeated robberies on North Avenue in Cranford and on the Boulevard in Kenilworth, both also having easy access to the GSP (Exits 137 and 138, respectively) for quick escapes by the criminals. I look forward to patronizing a local Whole Foods, which attracts far less crime than Dunkin Donuts, convenience stores and gas stations. Furthermore, shopping centers and larger retail establishments such as Whole Foods can afford -- and often have -- their own security personnel, unlike Dunkin Donuts, convenience stores and gas stations
Barbara Youngs Martino February 06, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet
bob barrett February 07, 2014 at 09:04 AM
Michele comment fears more problems in the Clark Common Project. But as residents and citizens we cannot let criminals Stop us from improving our community. Possibly, stricter sentencing is necessary to deter shoplifting and other crimes.
Perc February 08, 2014 at 08:34 PM
This project started as a "town center" with tree-lined streets. Will you people please get real and realize that it's now nothing more than a 1600-space parking lot surrounded by a supermarket and a bunch of stores that will constantly come and go. (And let's not even get into the traffic nightmare on the surrounding streets.)
Steve February 08, 2014 at 09:43 PM
I am looking forward to shopping, as well as having lunch, at a local Whole Foods, whether "tree lined" or not. Thanks much, Clark town fathers.
Steve February 09, 2014 at 08:08 AM
And apropos of the topic of the original piece above, I would like to see an upmarket restaurant to complement Whole Foods. Something like Cranford's A Teute Heure, which uses local, high-quality foods prepared and presented in an innovative manner, would be much appreciated by some of us. It is evident that there is a high demand for such a place. You often can't get near ATH without a reservation weeks in advance.
Marge Olden Haffer February 18, 2014 at 06:33 PM
I would like to see a Cracker Barrel there isn't ant around and i think it would do well
AK March 08, 2014 at 11:58 PM
A new American Gastropub/restaurant will soon be opening in Clark, NJ. Tje restaurant will ne designed to provide friends and families a place to enjoy great food and special times. Our chef, Food Networks' "Chopped Champion" and his culinary team are excited to bring to you a menu sure to be the most unique around and by far the best. Not to be out-done, our acclaimed beer menu will always offer you the latest in hand-crafted beers. Beer isn't your thing?? You will be able to try one of our signature cocktails or one of our 14 wines by the glass.
Perc March 13, 2014 at 09:46 PM
Steve--Enjoy your lunch at the PETCO.
AK March 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM
A Gastropub/restaurant serving craft beer and food paired with beers, wines and cocktails.


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