April 14, 2014 at 6:00 AM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Driving down Springfield Avenue in the center of Berkeley Heights, you can't miss the new grocery store Garden of Eden Marketplace. Don't mistake the Garden of Eden name for a garden center -- it is farmers market, italian deli, bakery, butcher and specialty grocery store all under one roof. The market satisfies its renowned reputation as the culinary Mecca for savvy shoppers who demand the finest products and ingredients at the best prices.
"Garden of Eden brings something to town that is needed. We will give a product and quality in service that shoppers can't get everywhere," said store owner Mustafa Coskun.
"We want to not just be the place where people come to shop, we want to be the neighborhood friendly marketplace," said Coskun.
When you walk through the store, you will find produce selected by their own buyers; bakery with croissants, breads, bagels and packaged desserts brought in daily from New York bakeries; coffee bar with cappuccino and a fine selection of flavored coffees; a hot food bar; cheese department with specialty cheeses; rotisserie chicken made daily; anti-pasta and olive bar; European style deli with imported meats along with Garden of Eden and Boars Head brands; packaged meats and fresh select cuts of quality beef (filet mignon and Angus that are all natural grass fed) and fresh fish selected from their own buyers delivered daily; fresh pasta and ravioli, soups, sauces and dips all made in the area; and frozen food and dairy sections.
Compared to Whole Foods, Coskun believes Garden of Eden stocks more specialty items at better prices. "There are a lot of specialty items mixed with everyday items with better branding and prices," said Coskun. Whole Foods may have more of a selection, but Garden of Eden will carry the most wanted in all natural and organic products along with convenience items including cereals, snacks and cleaning products to name a few.
Special to the Berkeley Heights location, Garden of Eden carries vitamins and selective everyday products. Due to limited space, Garden of Eden carries the most selected products, however, they are open to customers' suggestions and, if possible, will special order upon request.
Garden of Eden is located in Heritage Square, 501 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights. Store hours Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.