Business Leaders Tout Hamilton’s Economic Opportunities and Successes
In the above photograph (from left to right), Jack
Jemal of JJ Operating, Inc., Chris Vernon of Mercer Management &
Development Inc., and Jason Abrams of Abrams Realty and Development
listen to Tom Juliano of Delco Development Inc. answer a question from the
audience during the business breakfast panel discussion last week hosted by the
Mid Jersey Chamber of Commerce and the Hamilton Partnership at the Hilton
Garden Inn in Hamilton.
“A regional player”, said Jason Abrams of Abrams Realty and Development.
“Great demographics,” observed Jack Jemal of JJ
“Hot.” “On Fire,” was how
Chris Vernon of Mercer Management & Development Inc. described the local
The three panelists, along with
Tom Juliano of Delco Development Inc., echoed similar sentiments to a packed room
of business leaders gathered at the Hamilton Hilton Garden Inn last week for a business
breakfast panel discussion yesterday hosted by the Mid Jersey Chamber of
Commerce and the Hamilton Partnership and moderated by Elizabeth McManus of
Clarke Caton Hintz, the Planning Consultant for Hamilton Township.
The panelists, who all chose
Hamilton for their projects, described the potential they saw in the township’s
Juliano, who described the ease his
company experienced in working with township officials to navigate through
necessary approval processes, spoke about the “Hamilton Point Center” project,
which looks to revitalize two, former automobile dealership sites located in a
primarily retail commercial area of Route 33.
The project’s first phase will include a Super Wawa at the former
Patterson Chevrolet site.
Abrams, whose project will
revitalize the long-underutilized Suburban Plaza and transform it into the
Court at Hamilton, equipped with a Super Walmart, pad sites and a refurbishing
of the center’s existing retail space, noted that roughly half the community in
Hamilton is comprised of “long-term”
residents, which he saw as a sign of a stable community with a high quality of
Jemal stated his company is
looking to “bring life back” to
Independence Plaza with “the right plan
and the right marketing.” JJ
Operating, Inc., acquired the property last year and recently announced plans
for 75,000 sq. ft. of new tenant space at the South Broad Street retail center,
including a 22,000 sq. ft. Crunch Fitness, a 16,000 sq. ft. Save a Lot grocery
store, and a 35,000 sq. ft. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet.
Vernon, who developed the hotel
which hosted the panel discussion, cited Hamilton’s convenient transportation
infrastructure – namely the community’s access to US 195 and close proximity to
the New Jersey Turnpike as the “driving force”
in pursuing opportunities along Hamilton’s US 130 highway corridor. Vernon recently celebrated the opening of a
second hotel in Hamilton, a Hilton Homewood Suites extended stay hotel, just a
mile down the road.
Hamilton’s Mayor, Kelly Yaede,
who delivered a brief welcome before the panel discussion, believes their
panelist sentiments confirm the potential that Hamilton’s economy offers. “We have a
vibrant and robust economy thanks to several factors, but I also think the fact
that we are willing to sit down and meet with business leaders and work
cooperatively with them helps to translate economic potential into economic
Hamilton Partnership Chairman
Greg Blair believed the panel discussion highlighted the attributes that
businesses can capitalize on in the township.
“Hamilton has many strengths that
incoming and existing businesses can capitalize on; and I think the panel
discussion provided some great examples of why some very successful companies
chose to do business here.”