If the the ultimate goal of those looking to build the garage is to revitalize the CBD..how does one not first realize that you need the stores/products that will actually draw customers to come shopping in this town. I don’t know about what everyone else thinks but Mango Jam and others aren’t really a big draw in the retail world. If we’re looking towards the future, larger brands with name recognition (similar to Tices Corner) is what will draw shoppers to the CBD. Building a garage in the hopes that it will miraculously cure the shopping malaise that retailers in town seem to be going through and somehow make the trinket shops in town the next new thing is a total pipe dream. Building this garage is similar to pushing for an increase in public pay phones in the early 1990s when cell phones were just picking up. If the council wants to revitalize this village, we don’t need to build this garage, simply change the retail landscape that suits 2018 not 1980, a parking garage will go empty if we continue to rely on mom and pop stores to draw shoppers in. Oh, and if anyone on the council is reading this, YOU DON’T HAVE THE MONEY TO SPEND ON THIS HORRENDOUS IDEA.
If we don’t get SOME form of parking garage, SOME housing on the vacant sites and help prop up the high street merchants you DO know what happens next, right? The main drag gets rezoned for mixed use, a la Bogota and Closter, and our commuter town (which it is, look at the town seal) has MORE rental units developed by OUTSIDERS and the usual mix of chain stores.. the combo of reasonable housing proposals and some form of business/commuter parking will give the town a boost. I think if the current housing proposals can be negotiated further, you get some desperately needed new blood in. And the tides lift everything up as well as down.
Feb. 28, 2016, 9:01 PM
Department stores and specialty retailers have faced declining sales recently, with brands from Macy’s to Gap closing stores.
Many people are pinning the apparel industry’s recent struggles on unseasonably warm weather, which could discourage the purchase of winter clothing.
But there might be another problem that few people are addressing: consumer boredom.
“Today’s retailers face a tsunami of problems but none, in my opinion is more deadly than the pandemic of sheer consumer boredom that shoppers are being subjected to,” retail expert Doug Stephens writes on his blog, The Retail Prophet. “Most retail is just painfully boring. In fact, the majority of store chains, malls and shopping centers have become beacons of boredom, monuments to mediocrity and havens of ho hum.”
Stephens gives an example of a category buyer at Macy’s who is guided by the obvious: sales. If a product won’t sell in droves, then it’s not worth putting it on the shelves, he says.
“And it is for that one single reason — anticipated square foot sales volume — that a plethora of unique, fun, fashionable and fascinating products will likely never see the light of day on the sales floor,” he writes. “Now, repeat the Macy’s buyer mandate across the thousands and thousands of retail buyers, each of whom follow the same essential rule, and soon every store in the mall begins to look the same. Every mall looks vaguely like the next. And voila…mass boredom!”
the Pearl: After dinner, have Anthony make you a strawberry zabaglione tableside. We are the only restaurant in NJ to do this dessert tableside. Come see the show – the KING OF BROAD STREET!
Reader says businesses that are able to pay the rent and succeed will determine what you see in the storefronts.
The CBD tenants (of current buildings) change due to markets and the residents can piss and moan all they want, but the reality is, the businesses that are able to pay the rent and succeed will determine what you see in the storefronts.
In my 45 years living in town, I have seen a few changes in ‘retail’.
No more Drapkins, no more Winchells, no more Al & Harrys, no more Sealfons, no more MacHughes, all of which were great stores and fell victim to the malls.
We used to have a liquor store on many corners.
Every corner on franklin had multiple gas stations (Phillips 66, Amoco, Texaco, arco, Texaco, mobil(2), exxon, Sinclair, etc, all of which are gone. (a few gone from godwin as well)
Who was foolish enough to pay the going rate for rent? Banks, nail salons, restaurants, or wives of rich residents who wanted to ‘play store’.
Its an ever evolving mix, and the market will determine things, not those who choose to opine on ‘what kind of stores are good for the CBD”.
Nadler Chevrolet, brogan Cadillac, ken smith Lincoln, and the buick dealer, all gone. (this IS one are that resident input should be welcomed if the property owners request zoning changes)
If I owned a retail store, I’d take advantage of the foot traffic generated by the restaurant trade at nite. Unfortunately, most of these dummies are closed!