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What Should Take Ace's Place in Caldwell?

Almost 17,000-square-feet of retail space sitting vacant in busy business district.

This week, Caldwells Patch introduces a new regular feature we're calling "Visions for Vacancies."

Each week, Patch will pick a vacant retail space in the Caldwells and let readers weigh in on what they would like to see fill that spot. Don't worry about zoning or budget restrictions—just dare to dream. Who would be your ideal tenant? What would fill a void in the business district? 

Let's kick off with the former location of which has stood vacant for five months since the retailer closed shop last August.

The 16,900-square-foot space at 684-690 Bloomfield Ave. can be leased through Jeffery Realty, based in North Plainfield. According to the commercial broker's website, the rent is $18.50 per square foot (annual) and the location has 93 parking spaces in a rear parking lot as well as on-street parking. 

When asked if there has been any interest in the space, a spokesperson for Jeffery Realty replied Tuesday, "None whatsover."

Yet, the community is abuzz with what it would like to see come to this spot located between and . After all, it is the former home of the beloved Sealfon's and J.M. Towne department stores.

E.D. March 29, 2012 at 03:12 PM
TRADER JOE'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
anthony j. popola March 30, 2012 at 06:48 PM
at 26 grand a month,good luck ....in my 25 years living here a lot of these properties have changed hands...newer landlords-hence the high rents
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon March 30, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Mmmm, rat burgers.
Tammy April 27, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Make this the new home for Caldwell Library and The Libray Loft. Outdoor seating in the back, Free WiFi, a Rockin' Joes II Barrista, space for small seasonal concerts or plays. This would be a great place for our kids to enjoy, do their homework, meet friends, and all to enjoy during lunchtime, weekends, with the small children, etc. A spot for creative thinkers and planners! Great spot for all.
Danelectro59 April 27, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Kris, you obviously don't remember what Foodtown looked like when Hy owned it. It looked like a perpetual construction zone. And remember the horrible yellow vinyl siding across the front? Jack spent almost $500,000 "sprucing it up" when he bought it.

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