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Little Shop of Possibilities

Who would you like to see occupy this 800-square-foot storefront with "great exposure"?

Perhaps this has happened to you. You’re sitting at the red light on Bloomfield and Fairfield avenues in West Caldwell. You look over at the vacant shop with a cute black awning and think to yourself, I wonder what kind of business would work there?

The empty storefront at 693 Bloomfield Ave. offers a prospective business 800-square-feet—a fraction of the nearly up the road in Caldwell that drew 40 comments from readers last week when “Visions for Vacancies” launched.

Here’s a little more detail to help while you brainstorm an ideal business to move in next to…

According to the listing from Donna Goode of Weichert Realtors, the location offers “great exposure” and is ideal for a small business or office. The rent is $1,350 a month and tenant would pay two-thirds of heat, hot water, gas and electric.

The previous tenant was a bridal shop ... who would you like to see move in?

Anthony Vagnoni February 11, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Tough call on this location, as it's a bit off by itself, there isn't much parking and its not easy to get in and out of. SoHo Nails used to be next door and did a great business for a while. This should be something without a lot of foot traffic--real estate broker, insurance broker--someone who wants a little on-street visibility but doesn't have to worry about customers coming and going all day and finding it impossible to park and even harder to head east on Bloomfield towards Caldwell.
dale February 11, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I have been looking for retail space and it has been a real problem. The rents on Bloomfield Ave are sky high. The landlords need to understand we are not a town like Montclair or Short Hills. There is also a parking problem in the town which doesn;t help small businesses. The process hasn;t been easy, especially for a small business owenr. The town is saturated in nail salons and banks! We could use some fresh ideas!
Danelectro59 February 11, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Paul from Sushi Cafe was considering expanding into that space. . . I guess he couldn't reach an agreement with the landlord.
E.D. February 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM
That's the problem in the Caldwells and Bloomfield Ave locations. Rents are way too high for the local retailer, parking is horrible, the meter maid is vicious. The landlords would rather take the loss than rent these stores, really $1350. Per month for that store and you still have to pay for heat, water, gas and electric, that adds another $600.-$700. Than add in phones, staff, inventory the little guy can't do it and than add in NO parking. Who wants to open a store here? I've lived in Caldwell over 40 years and nothing has changed except there are more empty stores than ever. Time for the landlords to wake up and the towns to stop all the tickets.

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