TV personality and businesswoman Martha Stewart returned to New Jersey this week to open a new Stew Leonard’s store in Paramus. Stew Leonard Jr. joined City of Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera along with local officials in hosting a celebration for the first Stew Leonard’s farm fresh store to open in the state of New Jersey.
Stew Leonard’s is bringing more than 350 jobs with the 80,000-s.f. location at the Paramus Park Mall that once was a celery farm.
A New Jersey homecoming reception was held for Stewart, with the naming of a live Jersey cow in her honor. Stewart was born and raised in Nutley, New Jersey, and is being inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame later this month.
Stewart had been a strong advocate for animal and farm protection for decades. The event was held on Sept. 16 in the Stew Leonard’s located at the Paramus Park Mall.
Officials from the high school from which Stewart graduated attended the ceremony.
Stew Leonard’s sells thousands of products from hundreds of local farms.
Stew Leonard’s has been named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Largest Dairy Store.”