Two projects are in the works in the Hamilton Commons shopping center on the Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing.

Phil Sartorio, the township’s director of community development, confirmed Friday that Big Lots will open in the spot previously occupied by Circuit City and hhgregg, and that an Outback Steakhouse is planned for the vacant lot that once held the Volcanic Eruptions strip club.

“We’re glad to see this store being reoccupied, get some more folks into the township and the activity that comes with that,” Sartorio said of the Big Lots news.

Plans for the Outback, which is expected to hold seating for 240 people, were unanimously approved by the township’s Planning Board on Feb. 1.

Company representatives at the meeting said they plan to open the restaurant by the end of the year.

Dollar General opens: A new Dollar General will celebrate its grand opening 8 a.m. Saturday in Egg Harbor Township.

The store, at Zion Road and Ocean Heights Avenue, is offering free prizes and special deals at the event, according to a news release. The first 50 adult shoppers will receive a $10 gift card for the store, and the first 200 shoppers will get a tote bag with product samples.

It’s the second Dollar General location to open in the township this year. A store on English Creek Avenue just north of the intersection with West Jersey Avenue celebrated its grand opening March 10.

Merry Goldfinch moves, reopens: The Merry Goldfinch, a pottery, jewelry and collectibles store in Galloway Township, held a grand re-opening event on St. Patrick’s Day for its new location in The Grist Mill in Historic Smithville.

The store used to be located across from the Smithville Inn but moved into the new building for more space, owner Terri Taniewski said.

The old space will be occupied by a new sister store, she said, Mia’s Cozy Cove, which will open Palm Sunday.

Sturdy comes to Marmora: Sturdy Savings Bank announced Monday the opening of its 14th branch, in the Marmora section of Upper Township.

The branch, located near South Shore and Tuckahoe roads, will have a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. Friday and an open house April 9 through 14, according to a release. Activities during that week will include daily giveaways and treats.

Contact: 609-272-7241

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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