EAST HAVEN –– Shop Rite will be the new anchor store for the FoxHaven Plaza at 713-745 Foxon Road.

Shoprite/Wakefern has signed a long-term lease for 60,000 square feet formerly occupied by A&P and Big Y.

H. Pearce Commercial brokered the deal.

Rich Guralnick and Chris Nolan of Pearce’s North Haven office represented the Pyramid Construction Group, which owns FoxHaven Plaza. DeForest Smith and John Bergin of Pearce/George J. Smith Commercial in Milford represented the tenant.

Smith said the 20-year lease included options extending as long as 75 years, and the store should open within six months after an extensive upgrades to the property. Improvements include a new building façade and a redesigned parking lot with new lighting.

“It’s nice for the town of East Haven because it takes a non- productive asset and now it’s a tax-paying asset,” Smith said.

Ocean State Job Lot and Payhalf are among current tenants at the 125,000-square-foot shopping center, which has around 25,000 feet of vacant space.

Shop Rite is a registered trademark of Wakefern Corp. a retailer-owned cooperative with more than 220 supermarkets in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The East Haven store will be the fifth Shop Rite in the state, and will be owned and operated by the Garafalo family of Milford, which operates all the other stores — in Milford, Stratford, West Haven and Hamden.