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Cannabis Business Up in Smoke in the Village of Ridgewood ; Public Hearing June 9th

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Ridgewood NJ, as previously reported  on Wednesday the Council introduced a resolution that would prohibit “all classes of cannabis establishments, distributors and delivery services, including cultivators, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, cannabis testing facilities, medical cannabis dispensaries, clinical registrant or cannabis retailer, including alternative treatment centers.” A public hearing on the proposed ordinance is set for June 9.

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Ridgewood Sees Second Round of “Ridgewood for Black Liberation” Protests

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Central Business District saw its second round of “Ridgewood for Black Liberation ” protests on Saturday . Many merchants were furious with the Village over the last minute warning .  many now threatening to leave the CBD for good.  The current murmur  is that the Village of Ridgewood has seen its day grows louder and louder by the minute .Residents already reeling from COVID-19 lockdown ,fearing the Murphy property tax surcharge  are stepping up their escape plans .

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REOPENING DOWNTOWN RIDGEWOOD

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Ridgewood NJ, Village of Ridgewood Mayor Ramon M Hache , “During last night’s Village Council meeting, I provided some details regarding the planning underway for the reopening of our downtown. While the reopening of businesses in NJ will be gradual, and we still do not have set dates and guidance from the Governor, it is safe to expect that there will be restrictions regarding the number of customers allowed at each business. That means businesses will not be able to fully utilize the interior square footage of their locations. Together with all the Village department heads, the Chamber of Commerce, the Ridgewood Guild, commercial landlords, retailers and restauranteurs, we are working on a reopening plan. That plan will, first and foremost, aim to ensure the safety of our residents and patrons while helping our businesses to have the necessary tools to thrive. With the understanding that the downtown that will reopen will be very different from the one that closed in March, we have to embrace some outside-the-box ideas that probably could have never been considered previously. For example, closing a significant portion of our downtown to vehicles, thereby creating an outdoor pedestrian mall on Saturdays and Sundays. It is the best way to ensure proper social distancing while allowing businesses to make up for the lost indoor square footage. While we encourage residents to walk to the downtown if possible, patrons will still be able to park on some streets as well as Walnut Street Lot, Bus Station Lot, Cottage Place Lot and the soon to open Hudson Street Parking Garage. As you can imagine, this will require a lot of coordination between NJ Transit, Ridgewood Police, Signal Department, commercial landlords, businesses, volunteers and most importantly you the public. We will continue to provide more information. In the meantime, if you have any feedback or suggestions, please email them to: reopen@ridgewoodnj.net.”

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Coronavirus to have significant impact on consumer confidence

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Ridgewood NJ, , Almost half of all retailers expect some economic downturn in their revenue as a result of the WHO declared pandemic known as the coronavirus, or COVID-19, according to a March 2020 survey by Digital Commerce 360 of 304 retailers.

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Business Down an Estimated 40% Since the Increase in Parking Rates in the Village

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Ridgewood NJ,  on February 1, 2020 there was a rate increase  for parking in the central business district. The new rates will be $1.00/hour in the lots and $1.25/hour on the streets.  The rate increase is deemed  necessary in order to pay for the construction of the Hudson Street Garage.

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American Dream adding 10 more retailers

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2015    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015, 5:49 PM
BY JOHN BRENNAN
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

Ten more retailers were announced for American Dream Meadowlands on Monday by developer Triple Five, which has set fall 2017 as the opening for the shopping and entertainment complex.

Familiar women’s clothing retailers Victoria’s Secret and Lulelemon are joined by venerable mall stores Banana Republic and The Gap; MAC cosmetics; and a Microsoft computer store. Also on the latest list are Aritzia, Uniqlo, Zara, and Pink.

Triple Five president Don Ghermezian called the latest round of announcements “just the beginning” of a rollout that he said would set a new standard for “the New York metropolitan market.” Ghermezian recently promised to make deals with “SoHo boutique-style” retailers that traditionally have not been found in malls.

The new signups follow last week’s announcement of Hermes as well as news earlier this month that a Saks Fifth OFF Fifth outlet store as well as 100,000-square-foot anchor tenants Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue. Ghermezian said the latter two stores would be the largest at the site.

The 2.9-million-square-foot American Dream shopping and entertainment project is to include a 639,000-square-foot indoor water and amusement park currently under construction, as well as a 22-screen movie complex, an indoor snowdome, a 286-foot observation wheel, and other attractions.

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Retailers offer apps, Wi-Fi for Black Friday shopping

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Retailers offer apps, Wi-Fi for Black Friday shopping

November 27, 2014    Last updated: Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8:30 PM
By JOAN VERDON
STAFF WRITER |
The Record

This Black Friday, which actually begins tonight, on Thanksgiving, getting shoppers to reach for their smartphones is almost as important to retailers as getting them to reach for their wallets.

While retailers spent the beginning of this week engaged in some of the traditional preparations for Thanksgiving night and Black Friday — stocking shelves, having door-buster specials stacked and ready to go in backrooms and warehouses, unpacking merchandise — some of the most important advance work for this weekend began right after Black Friday 2013, when retailers realized they needed to make it easier to shop by phone.

The country’s largest retailers are greeting customers this weekend with new or upgraded mobile apps that perform functions such as steering them through the store to find a specific item; comparison shopping for them and issuing a refund if they didn’t get the best price; and letting them scan for discounts while shopping.

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Retailers sharpening their pencils for back-to-school test

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Retailers sharpening their pencils for back-to-school test

JULY 20, 2014    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014, 1:21 AM
BY JOAN VERDON
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

* Retailers will use the season to gauge consumers’ mood and try new sales strategies ahead of the holiday season

As shoppers head to stores for back-to-school clothes and supplies, retailers will be studying their every move and treating the season as a practice test for their final exams — the fourth-quarter holiday sales.

For national retailers, the back-to-school shopping season beginning in mid-July and running through mid-September is when they give new marketing strategies a trial run and assess the mood of the consumer before launching their holiday promotions.

Last year, retailers expected more-robust spending, and lower-than-expected demand left them with unsold inventory they had to clear out at deep discounts. Those discounts caused some shoppers to grab fall markdowns as Christmas gifts, and that hurt holiday sales.

At a time when retail is changing dramatically, with shoppers demanding the same service and deals whether they are in a store, on their computer or on their phone, back-to-school is a time for retailers to “get things ironed out prior to the holiday season itself,” said Dave Richards, senior managing director for the global consulting firm Accenture Retail.

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