New Jersey’s grocery store wars have seen a lot of jockeying for position over the past couple of 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, retailing behemoth Amazon is ready to join the fray, with its version of the grocery store, Amazon Fresh. According to, there is a sign on the window of the planned location in Paramus that indicates the store will be opening this summer.

Amazon has not confirmed opening dates for any of its planned New Jersey locations which, in addition to Paramus, include Woodland Park, Holmdel and Eatontown.

There are currently 25 Amazon Fresh locations nationally; one of their distinguishing characteristics is the use of their proprietary “Dash cart” which allows customers to load their items into the cart which automatically scans each item. Your on-file credit card or Amazon account is then charged without ever having to go through a checkout line.

The stores also have Alexa kiosks to help customers navigate the supermarket. You can also pick up 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 offer a seamless grocery shopping experience, whether customers are shopping in store or online. We’ve taken our decades of operations experience to deliver consistently low prices for all and FREE, same-day delivery for Prime members.

Amazon also owns Whole Foods, which has been expanding, as well.

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The 2002-2003 New Jersey Nets: The last time the NBA Finals came through NJ

In 2012 the Nets made their Brooklyn debut, but before that, New Jersey was the home of the Nets dating back to 1977.

The franchise was born in 1967, under the name the New Jersey Americans. They played their games in Teaneck as part of the American Basketball Association. One year later they moved to Long Island, becoming the New York Nets.

It was there the team won two ABA championships in 1973-74 and 1975-76. The very next year the Nets, along with three other basketball franchises, were absorbed into the NBA as part of a merger deal, abolishing the ABA. 

When the Nets first moved to New Jersey, they played their home games at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway. Then in 1981, they moved into the home many of us remember them in the most, the Brendan Byrne Arena in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford (later named the Continental Airlines Arena, then Izod center). 

After years of losing, The Nets made it to two straight NBA Finals in 2001-02 and 2002-03. In 2002-03, the final time they sniffed the championship, the team lost to the San Antonio Spurs.

It would be the last time the Nets sniffed the title, but their efforts added them to New Jersey lore forever.

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