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In Bergen County, an upscale downtown struggles for answers

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“This news article, about the increased number of storefront vacancies in an “upscale” Bergen County downtown, may be of interest to many of you, particularly since Joseph A. Banks Clothiers shut their store on East Ridgewood Avenue last week.” Boyd Loving

Editors note : “I am a  Joseph A. Banks customer , yet I never set foot in that store , always shop on line ” PJ blogger

By Fausto Giovanny Pinto | NJ Advance Media for

on January 22, 2017 at 7:30 AM, updated January 22, 2017 at 7:32 AM

ENGLEWOOD — Signs that advertise available space are prominent on the windows of empty storefronts along Palisades Avenue in the heart of Englewood’s downtown shopping district.

A man walks by two empty storefronts on Palisade Avenue in downtown Englewood.Fausto Giovanny Pinto

Officials and realtors say the changing landscape of retail shopping has affected this area, filled with ritzy boutiques, chain stores and a host of eateries.

“Englewood is not the only one with empty stores,” said Carol Rauscher, president of the Englewood Chamber of Commerce. “Two things have contributed to the decline, online shopping and off-price stores, and that’s something we don’t have and won’t get.”

Recent departures from downtown include Victoria’s Secret, Chico’s, Nine West and Wendy’s. The downtown currently has a 5 percent vacancy rate, according to recent survey by the city’s Economic Development Corp.

8 thoughts on “In Bergen County, an upscale downtown struggles for answers

  1. Let’s build a massive Garage In Ridgwood for the Restaurants…oh that’s because that’s an expensive and wasteful use of taxpayers funds and irresponsible as a fiduciary for the towns finances.We need to pace and reallocate the existing surface lots and get the parking violations team to act as embassodors to visitors rather that jailers,they should be put on parking steering assets to available lots spaces rather that writing up those visitors to Ridgewood on the weekends and also at. Community and Retaurant and themed scheduled events
    In CBD..THAT Takes imagination .

  2. How about some rent control?

  3. The market will control the rents. Landlords are not stupid. they will eventually lower rents rather than have a year or more of lost revenue. The banks and restaurants have distorted the market. There was a time when stationery stores and other non-chain small merchants could afford the CBD. They will return at some point when the $/sq ft is right.

  4. Couldn’t the park where the header photo is taken be converted into parking and a park? Just elevate the park above a one level parking garage

  5. They will never return. It’s no longer about rent. It’s all about how people are rapidly adapting to online shopping. There are just a small number of business models that can survive in the traditional brick and mortar format. Take a look outside. Delivery trucks are everywhere.

  6. I agree with the move online, but I have shopped in the physical Jos A Banks store… It was convenient

  7. Online shopping is cutting into retail. Hard to compete with that. Ridgewood will become a food court.

    Parking in Ridgewood is confusing. Even when I get a spot I am not sure that is it is OK. “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
    Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
    Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?”

    O yeah, and the tickets.

  8. Clothing is still mostly brick and mortar but the brick and mortar of the highway kind.

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