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Nov 29, 2012 08:22 PM

Toms River, Chipotle and Jersey Mike's opening on Hooper Ave

In the old Coconuts store building directly across from Ocean County Mall. Drove past today and saw the sign. New stuff happening everywhere.


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  1. That's just what Hooper Ave needs more Chain type restaurants!!!

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    1. re: jrvedivici

      Every town needs a Jersey Mike's, which is not a chain but a franchise.

      1. re: fershore

        ummm... I'm not sure why.

        Their subs will do in a pinch, but I think that just about every town (in NJ, anyway) has at least one or two independent sub shops that are _far _better than Jersey Mike's.
        Kudos and props, however, to JM's for the charitable work they've done in the aftermath of the storm,

        1. re: fershore

          "Chain type restaurants" are exactly what a franchise is. The relative excitement this news is generating here only speaks to the vast desert wasteland of good dining spots in the Toms River area. Sad.

          1. re: Quine

            Quine.... I agree with you ......there are more places going Out then coming in for TR. we need a heavy dose of good restaurants & new ideas with owners & chefs that care about what quality they put out.....that includes all categories of cuisine. Funny how a town with so many people are left out in the gastronomic cold .. ;-(

            1. re: Tapas52

              I believe it has to do with a lack of a "wealth center." When my husband was looking into opening a computer repair franchise, the mother company paid for a study that illustrated the average income centers in TR and Freehold. I cannot recall the exact numbers but TR was lacking. The "numbers" don't add up to a profitable area. I also believe that is the reason we cannot attract more high end stores to the OC Mall.

      2. I could live without the Jersey Mike's but am very excited about the Chipotle. It will be nice to have a place so close to work with food that I actually want to eat.

        1. Good news about Chipotle in TR finally! .....Jersey Mikes is so so.....
          we need a POPEYE"S here

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          1. re: Tapas52

            I could definitely go for a Popeye's here...or a Pei Wei.