From grocery stores to retailers to fine dining fast-food restaurants, Mercer County, NJ is home to a ton of great businesses that we love.

But, of course, in an area (such as ours) that is constantly evolving and growing, we're always dreaming of what could be next.

In fact, this is always a great topic of conversation amongst locals. So I recently my friends and family in Mercer County to weigh in on a controversial topic: what (chain) businesses do you want to see come to Mercer County in 2022?

Before we get to the list, I'll be explicitly clear: we love mom-and-pop businesses in our area. But if you've ever traveled away from the Northeast and our area, in particular, you know there are some chain businesses in particular that you'd love to try right here in our area.

Though, it seems like every time we debate such a topic in our area that it naturally goes to food. So I expected to see a bunch of comments for burger eateries like Whataburger and In-N-Out, and those were certainly mentioned in the comments on Facebook this weekend when I asked.

But, as you'll see below, there were quite a few eateries that I was surprised to see on the list. Now every time I drive around Lawrence or Hamilton Township, I am going to be wondering if one of these businesses can open in any of the vacancies that we see.

So I made a list of the 22 businesses we'd like to see open in Mercer County in 2022. What did I get right? What did I get wrong? Open the PST app and press chat right now to sound off!

22 Businesses We Want to Open in Mercer County, NJ in 2022

Mercer County, NJ is home to a TON of great businesses (especially locally owned and operated businesses). But I recently asked my Facebook friends which chain retailers and businesses they wanted to see come to our area, and they helped me make this list below with everything from restaurants, to fast food to shopping and more... these are the 22 businesses we want to open in Mercer County in 2022.

These Animal Shelters Near Mercer County, NJ Need Our Support Now

Mercer County, NJ has its fair share of animal shelters that are doing so much good in our community. In fact, we've made a list of some of the area's animal shelters ahead of the Betty White Challenge on January 17. The movement calls for you to an animal shelter on January 17 (which would have been Betty's 100th birthday). You might as well donate locally, right?