Absecon Pool Supplies

Brian and April Stafford, of Egg Harbor Township, bought Absecon Pool Supplies, 921 White Horse Pike, and plan to open in mid-April.

Gabe’s coming soon: Phil Sartorio, Hamilton Township’s director of community development, confirmed that Gabe’s, a discount fashion store, is coming to Consumer Square.

It will be the first Gabe’s in the state, according to the store locator on their website, mygabes.com.

It will occupy two spaces, sitting in what once were Just Cabinets and an Ulta makeup store.

It has been issued a zoning permit for the sign on the front of the building, he said, but has not submitted an application for continued occupancy.

The plans for construction are under review, he added.

There are currently 74 Gabe’s stores in Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, according to its website.

Wine outside: Hammonton’s Annata Wine Bar has been approved for outside liquor sales by the Town Council.

The vote was unanimous at a council meeting Monday night for the restaurant, cocktail and wine bar, located near the intersection of Bellevue and East Central avenues, to expand its operations outside.

A request for comment from Annata’s owner has not been returned.

“They’re going to do a little outside area,” Mayor Steve DiDonato said, noting the bar will be able to participate in the town’s outdoor festivals and events.

“It’s a positive thing,” he added. “They’re a very good operator.”

The application still needs to be approved by the state before the business can commence outdoor sales.

Pool supplies: Brian and April Stafford of Egg Harbor Township bought Absecon Pool Supplies, 921 White Horse Pike, Absecon, and plan to open in mid-April.

Formerly Shore Points Pools & Billiards, the business has been in the building for over 40 years, Brian Stafford said, with the previous owner’s father owning it before him.

The couple decided to keep selling pool and spa supplies, chemicals, rafts, goggles, swim vests and above-ground pools, liners and covers, but under a new name, in addition to putting Brian’s machine shop, APEX Machining, in the warehouse space behind it.

In addition to hiring on an employee who HAs been there for 20 years, the couple wants to keep the same level of service customers have come to expect.

“People were always very happy with the customer service they got there— that’s what we’re striving for,” she said.

“I have big shoes to fill,” Brian Stafford added.

See their Facebook page, Absecon Pool Supplies, for grand opening and contact information.

— Molly Bilinsky

Contact: 609-272-7241

MBilinski@pressofac.com

Twitter @ACPressMollyB

Staff Writer

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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