New Jersey’s grocery wars have seen plenty of maneuvering to position themselves over the past two years, with Aldi and Lidl both making major expansions, challenging more established chains like Shop Rite, Stop & Shop, Acme, Pathmark and Trader Joe’s.
Now retail giant Amazon is ready to join the fray, with its grocery version, Amazon Fresh. According to NorthJersey.comthere is a sign on the window of the planned location at Paramus that says the store will open this summer.
Amazon has not confirmed opening dates for any of its planned locations in New Jersey which, in addition to Paramus, include Woodland Park, Holmdel and Eatontown.
There are currently 25 Amazon Fresh sites nationwide; one of their distinguishing features is the use of their proprietary “Dash Cart” which allows customers to load their items into the cart which automatically scans each item. Your credit card or registered Amazon account is then charged without ever having to go through a payment line.
The stores also have Alexa terminals to help customers navigate the supermarket. You can also collect and return other Amazon purchases.
Their website describes the store like this:
Amazon Fresh is a new grocery store designed from the ground up to provide a seamless grocery experience whether customers shop in-store or online. We’ve leveraged our decades of operations experience to deliver consistently low prices for everyone and FREE same-day delivery for Prime members.
Amazon also owns Whole Foods, which has also grown.
The views expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle only.
You can now listen to Deminski & Doyle — On demand! Listen to New Jersey’s favorite radio show every day of the week. Download the Deminski & Doyle show wherever you get podcasts, on our free app, or listen now:
Inside Amazon: A Detailed History of America’s Largest Online Retailer
WATCH: States with the most new small businesses per capita
New Jersey Nets 2002-2003: The last time the NBA Finals went through NJ
In 2012, the Nets made their debut in Brooklyn, but before that, New Jersey had been the home of the Nets since 1977.
The franchise was born in 1967, under the name of New Jersey Americans. They played their games at Teaneck as part of the American Basketball Association. A year later they moved to Long Island, becoming the New York Nets.
It was there that the team won two ABA championships in 1973-74 and 1975-76. The following year, the Nets, along with three other basketball franchises, were absorbed into the NBA in a merger agreement, abolishing the ABA.
When the Nets first moved to New Jersey, they played their home games at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway. Then, in 1981, they moved into the house many of us remember most, the Brendan Byrne Arena in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford (later named Continental Airlines Arena, then Izod center).
After years of losing, the Nets reached back-to-back NBA Finals in 2001-02 and 2002-03. In 2002-03, the last time they sniffed the championship, the team lost to the San Antonio Spurs.
It would be the last time the Nets would sniff out the title, but their efforts added them to New Jersey lore forever.