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Apr 20, 2013 07:00 PM

Coming soon to Freehold Raceway Mall...

Chik-Fil-A. Yup. In the food court, there was a paint your own pottery place. They moved downstairs. Chik-Fil-A is moving in.

My wife was ecstatic. Me? I like my chicken on the bone whenever possible. I will continue to patronize Boc Boc (I'm sure they're not too happy about their new competition).

There's also a Carvel ice cream store moving in near Auntie Anne's pretzel.

I joked to my wife, "Pretty soon, Freehold mall will just be restaurants."

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  1. I thought there was a Carvel ice cream store there already. Crumbs Cupcakes is coming soon, too!

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    1. re: wench31

      Crumbs is coming to the Freehold mall?! Where did you hear this? This made my day!

      1. re: melissa2287

        Yes, it's going to be across the food courts on the 2nd level.

        I don't know when it's going to be opened but here's the website:

        1. re: wench31

          From ABC News:

          Crumbs Bakery Stock Crumbles as Fad Fades
          By ABC News
          Apr 22, 2013 11:03am
          Designer cupcake shops, led by the Crumbs chain, drew lines around the block a few years back and expanded their locations rapidly. But the sugar high might be over.
          “It really just doesn’t have the luxurious feel that it once had,” said Sierra Tishgart, an assistant editor at food and restaurant blog Grubstreet.

          (Image Credit: ABC News)
          Crumbs Bake Shop stock that went for more than $13 two years ago is now trading around $1.30, meaning one of its cupcakes sells for about the value of four shares of stock.
          “They’re everywhere. Crumbs is all over the city, Magnolia is now abroad. They’re in Dubai,” Tishgart said of a competing bakery.
          Last week, Crumbs sank more than a third after it announced sales were down 22 percent amid lack of demand for their ultra cupcakes and a host of competitors who have moved into the market.
          “These are singularly focused concepts,” Darren Tristano, executive vice president at Technomic Inc., a Chicago research and consulting firm that specializes in the food industry, told the Wall Street Journal. “You’re not going to Crumbs every day. It’s a short-term trend and we’re starting to see a real saturation. Demand is flat. And quite frankly, people can bake cupcakes.”

    2. Last time I was there, a Sysco truck was parked out front and it was still there when I left. I'm sure he had multiple deliveries.

      I don't go to malls all that much, but more often than not it's on a Sunday which rules out a possible visit to Chick-Fil-A.

      1. I don't understand why I have to go all the way to New Brunswick or East Brunswick for Popeye's Chicken?!?!

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        1. re: ieee488

          There's one on Rt. 35 in Neptune...

        2. They are scanning your license plate as you enter. How long before they know how many calories you consumed?

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          1. re: ebchower

            Makes me want to not go there anymore.. ever. Or cover up my license plate just before I go in. :)

            1. re: MarlboroMan

              Purely a money grab.

              I don't go shopping at the malls. This is one more reason not to. Oh, my registration is paid.

              1. re: MarlboroMan

                I feel like Marty McFly....did I just time travel from 2013 to 1984?

                I have a feeling even George Orwell will be turning in his grave soon.

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  No biggie, Soon all police cruisers will be equipped with scanner technology so even just driving past one on a road or in an intersection will alert them to your registration, license or legal status. Will likely soon include your Health Insurance status too... :-)

                  1. re: equal_Mark

                    About 3 years ago I was having dinner in the City and after dinner I go to where my car was parked and to my surprise.......NO CAR!! I called the police to see if it was towed but they said I would have to go to the West Side tow yard and go find out for myself. I did as instructed and no car......I assumed it was stolen. :-(

                    The next morning I decided to double check with the NYPD and I was informed that they only tow illegally parked cars and there was a NY Constable's office that also tows cars based on plate scans, they told me to see if my insurance or registration was expired on my car, I did and neither was. I called the Constables office and sure enough they had my car!!! Why did they have it when it's registration and insurance were all valid? Because I had an outstanding parking ticket from about 3 years earlier for a completely different vehicle.

                    Ironically to what you said Mark, they also told me my cholesterol was high and to get my blood pressure checked.

              2. re: ebchower

                Another good reason to Not go to Freehold Mall - other than poor quality stores

                1. re: eatinman

                  However, it seems like the only place near us that has a place that does knife sharpening.

                2. re: ebchower

                  Ahah! AHAH!

                  In July of this year, my wife bought a second-hand (aka pre-owned) car from DCH Toyota in Freehold. A week or so later she got a ticket at the Freehold Mall for having not renewed the car registration. At the time, we decided it wasn't worth the pain and effort to challenge the ticket (which we certainly could have challenged based on the fact that we had just bought the car days earlier), so we paid it. But now I'm really pissed. I think our cops have become the criminal highwaymen we once hoped they would protect us from!!

                  I am mystified as to why the Freehold Raceway Mall would allow this kind of predation aimed at their customers?