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6/18/2015 - Business Leaders Tout Hamilton’s Economic Opportunities and Successes

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 Operating, Inc.

“Hot.” “On Fire,” was how Chris Vernon of Mercer Management & Development Inc. described the local economy.

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 local economy.

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 life. 

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 success.”    

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.”