The Shoppes at Foxmoor has finally found its anchor tenant.
Planet Fitness signed on to open a Robbinsville franchise Dec. 19—it will be one of 1,800 Planet Fitness gyms across the country. STEM Academy, a school and childcare facility, will also anchor the 126,000-square-foot plaza. Planet Fitness will join Fit Body Boot Camp as Foxmoor’s second fitness tenant.
The fortunes of the shopping center have declined since Thriftway, its original anchor, closed in 2011. Many residents had hoped that another grocery store would take over. Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried acknowledged their disappointment, saying that they attempted to draw in a food store but were unsuccessful.
“My team reached out to every major grocery and specialty chain on the East Coast,” Fried said, “but the reality of three super ShopRite stores and a popular Acme all located within a five-minute driving radius proved to be a hurdle too large for those corporations to ignore.”
Built in 1986, Foxmoor has seen a host of tenants come and go over the last decade and, at one point, had a 41 percent occupancy rate.
Pennmark Management Company bought the shopping center in August of 2018 for $7.5 million.
Since then, a number of tenants have opened up shop in the plaza, including Thai Ginger, Justin’s Barber Shop, ATA Hamilton Karate, Code Ninjas, The Healthy Animal and Mathnasium.
Officials hope Foxmoor’s occupancy rate will reach 85 percent within the next two months.
Planet Fitness is no stranger to the area, with locations in Mercerville, Ewing, Plainsboro and Morrisville. There is also a Jersey Strong Gym in Robbinsville a little over a mile away, on U.S. 130.
This post was updated from its original version on Dec. 20 at 8:20 a.m. to correct the date Planet Fitness signed its lease and to add a quote from Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried.