Glory’s Market in Jackson eyed for redevelopment, Wawa talk premature


Mike Davis
| Asbury Park Press

Scenes from crash near Jackson Market

A serious crash was reported near Glory’s Discount Market in Jackson.

Andrew J. Goudsward, Asbury Park Press

JACKSON – When the Glory family first opened for business on Cedar Swamp Road, it was a farm surrounded by acres upon acres of forest. 

But as the land around what is now Glory’s Market and Glory’s Liquors has changed, the family is expected to file an application to redevelop “Glory’s Corner” — as locals refer to it — as soon as this week, attorney Dennis A. Collins said. 

“They think it’s the right time with the mixed lease developments going on in that area,” Collins said. “They’ve been there forever, but now is the time to try and shape the corner they’ve been at for 50 years.” 

The plans call for three new lots on the 16-acre property — a retail building, a new Glory’s Liquors store and a convenience store and gas station, Collins said. 

No agreement has been reached with any retailer for the retail building or the convenience store and gas station site, Collins said. 

Earlier this month, the Shore News Network reported plans for a Wawa to be built on the site. Collins said that speculation was premature.

“It is not a Wawa. Maybe it will be one day, but there’s no agreement with Wawa,” Collins said. 

Rumors about the future of the site circulated for years, especially after a tractor-trailer plowed through the front of the store in November 2018, after it was involved in a crash at the busy intersection, just a few feet away from the front door.

The store reopened three months later. 

“This is our livelihood,” store accountant Clara Glory, wife of co-owner George Glory, said upon the reopening. “It becomes your life. It was like a lonely place in here because we didn’t see the people coming in every day. They become part of your family and they’re friends.”

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Glory’s Market opened as a meat market in 1973, when Glory took over the store after the death of his father. But the family had operated numerous businesses on the site in previous decades, including a restaurant and chicken farm. 

For much of its history, Glory’s Market was the only development in the area besides a few houses. But in 2014, construction finally began on Broadway composer Mitch Leigh’s long-awaited Jackson 21 housing development — he described it as a development “for really nice people” — decades after it was first proposed. 

The Jackson 21 plans call for over 1,500 residential units and nearly 3 million feet of retail space across two areas. A few years ago, the first residents moved into the Gardens at Jackson 21, the first phase of the project on West Commodore Blvd., about a half-mile from Glory’s Market. 

And this summer, acres of trees were cleared just this summer on the Cedar Swamp Road site to make way for the next phase of Jackson 21.

The anticipated redevelopment of the area around Glory’s was the signifier for the family that it was time to make a change, Collins said.  

“There’s going to be so much activity going on in that area that this is the time to do something,” he said. 

Mike Davis has spent the last decade covering New Jersey local news, marijuana legalization, transportation and basically whatever else is going on at any given moment. Contact him at [email protected] or @byMikeDavis on Twitter.


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