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Toms River: The overpriced Shell Gas Station has been knocked down, and work has begun on clearing the land for a new Chase Bank. This is intriguing as there are two vacant bank buildings within a mile from this corner for sale. There’s a former PNC at NJ 37 @ Wranglebrook and a former Wells Fargo in the shopping center actually to the direct left of this property. This Chase bank will be built on the South East corner of NJ 37 @ Bananier.

Anyway, you can never have enough banks, pizza, nail / hair salons, or Wawas.

  TOMS RIVER – If you’re wondering about the gas station being torn down at the corner of Route 37 and Bananier Drive, it will eventually become a bank.

  The application was made by JPMorgan Chase Bank earlier this year and progress on the site is underway.

  The bank will have two drive-up ATM lanes. These won’t have teller windows or chutes, just ATMs. There will be 30 parking spaces.

Photo by Chris Lundy

  The Shell station had a full access driveway on Bananier. The two driveways on 37 were both right turn only. The bank plans on removing one of the driveways on 37 but keeping Bananier the same.

Sometimes, gas stations lie dormant after being closed because there is chemical contamination. According to the application, tests suggest that no environmental remediation is needed. The gas tanks will be removed, and it’s possible that issues could be found after that.