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Pep Boys Opening in Caldwell

Car maintenance and service center moves into longtime vacant retail space.

A commercial building that has been vacant in Caldwell for a number of years has been showing signs of life recently with construction workers preparing for a new tenant—Pep Boys.

On Thursday morning, the Pep Boys sign was being hung on the facade of the building located on the corner of Bloomfield and Westover avenues.

Employees were also setting up the counter and merchandise in the glass-enclosed area of the business.

Pep Boys is a chain based in Philadelphia with more than 700 stores across the country, according to the corporate website. Pep Boys locations offer numerous automotive repair services, including scheduled maintenance, oil changes, tune-ups and tire installation and repair.

Patch will update this story with anticipated opening date, hours of operation and other details once they become available. 

Kevin January 17, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Great newss! That space has been vacant for a long time.
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon January 18, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Yeah, those libs and their free market... If real conservatives ran these things wouldn't happen.
Cj January 18, 2013 at 02:37 AM
I hope they leave the wall for Donna.
Teresa Akersten (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Kevin—Do you remember what was there previously? Was it Toyota? And how long ago?
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon January 18, 2013 at 05:41 AM
I think you meant "affected".
RM7 January 18, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Why must everything turn into a political argument? If you have the money to open a franchise or store then you are FREE to do it. It's called capitalism and our country was built on it. Why should the owner of this Pep Boys care about Midas or any other shop? The strongest survive, businesses compete - there's no other way around it. It's been that way since the beginning of time. That is how all businesses run, whether it be a legal or illegal entity. I don't get why people expect handouts or think that their competition should cater to them simply because they were there before. Can't keep up? Change your strategy, relocate, sell your business but don't sit here and complain because other people are trying to make a living. If you put in the hard work to get there then you deserve to reap the benefits. Enough with the lib rambling - take that sh*t to the town hall rather than sitting behind a computer.
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon January 18, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Clearly you are a Lexus driving drone lib. (I've got you covered on this one Michael).
dale January 18, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I just wish that the town would attract more specialty businesses to get a better vibe! I opened my business last May on Brookside Ave ( My Daughter's Closet) thinking that I would bring a "niche" business into the town. One of the biggest problems is the parking and lack of foot traffic. I live locally, and thought it would be great to support local businesses. I was so wrong.. when my lease is up I am going to look into Montclair.. seems to be where all businesses move from here!
Teresa Akersten (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Dale—Thank you for adding your perspective as a merchant. Would be interesting to hear from more merchants as well as from residents. Why aren't more people patronizing the downtown? Is it really parking? What kinds of businesses do residents want/need? What would make a difference?
Michael January 18, 2013 at 05:11 PM
The town needs to buy strategic property, hopefully something that is not in the best of shape, I'm sure you can spin a bottle and find that easy enough, and create off street parking, I would encourage higher end, specialized retail and services, remove some of the parking meters off Bloomfield Ave, and have a valet parking lane here or there for drop off, pickup and loading. I would also try to speak with the building owners and work out a plan to offer lower rents to encourage and assist in starting the process of fixing this disaster. The Caldwell fair 1 day a year won't keep anyone in business.
Michael January 18, 2013 at 05:26 PM
of course my plan is not futuristic or progressive, just trying to bring back the finer touches.
Laurie C January 18, 2013 at 05:30 PM
A resident speaking...something authentic and real. No more Italian, bagels, nails shops, banks. The only thing I see that attracts me is the new Mexican Food place that I have heard is great. I am not a shopper, I am a foodie but I know that there are a lot of shops that i cannot go into with a stroller and two litte ones. The town does loose a bit of the charm when a major franchise decorates the Ave. but it's certainly not as bad as seeing empty buildings with for rent or sale signs. Speaking of the new Mexican place.....have you tried? How about an article about that. We just have to keep talking about and getting the buzz going to support local businesses. We all need some feedback.
Michael January 18, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Thanks Apu, I don't know how many more times I can type that without my fingers cramping.
AnnMarie January 18, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Dale, I am sad to hear you are having a hard time in Caldwell. Shops like yours are what make the downtown for me and I am saddened to see these businesses that I have grown to love (saplings and dimarie) leave for other towns. The town should remove the meters to allow for more free parking and have events that attract folks to the area. I try to only shop in Caldwell as much as I can but notice how quiet the stores are compared to Montclair or Livingston. Good luck to you and I hope you stay!
John Loconsolo January 18, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I would like to see a homebrew/winemaking supply store open up in the Caldwells. They are becoming very popular hobbies with the growth of the craft beer industry. As an avid homebrewer myself, it would be nice not to have to purchase my ingredients and materials online or have to drive to Corrado's in Clifton in order to get the supplies I need. Just a thought.
RM7 January 18, 2013 at 08:48 PM
I actually drive a Mercedes but Lexus was a close guess. If you only exerted this much energy in your actual career rather than crying in the comment section, maybe you would make enough income to not have to worry about trivial things that you have no control over. Don't like Pep Boys and all these other stores that are popping up? Then don't go there. But they have every right to operate.
Michael January 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM
RM7 once again you show how ignorant you are. I do have control of what goes on as a resident, citizen,a voice here, and in the polls. I choose not to stick my head in the sand like you do, live as a selfish person, and pretend to be an advocate for the weak. I provide very well for my family, and although I am not posting this for recognition but just as a response, My family gives to those in need quite often. As a true conservative, I believe in fairness, freedom, and true opportunity for all. Stealing to give to others, just so I can take a large cut for myself in the name of power and greed I leave up to you and your kind. You fear someone like me, who can think and provide for myself.
Michael January 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Thanks John for responding, I think it is great that we are getting some real feedback on something that is very important to this town. Maybe the seeds have been sewn to bring back glory to Caldwell.
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon January 19, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Sorry RM7, but Michael and I are conservative birds of a feather. Anyone who disagrees with our positions is a lib and it's our duty as Americans to do what we can to stop the Liberal scourge that is destroying our country. Michael has been taking a lot of heat over his comments regarding libs recently so I thought it was only fair to take one for the team.

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