Hoboken Chain Central

The future? Hoboken Chain Central

A decade ago, we had few “chain” food or drink destinations. McDonald’s, Domino’s, Subway, Boston Market – as well as Dunkin’ Donuts, Quick Chek, and I believe the downtown Starbucks had only just opened their first Hoboken location. That was about it for “big name” establishments (although Blimpie is considered a chain, ours is about as “local” as you can get).

It is true, however, that a few “chains” didn’t fare well in Hoboken (Quizno’s, Energy Kitchen, Saladworks, Soup Man, Emack & Bolio’s and a few others). There even used to be a Burger King in Hoboken! (Where One Republik is now).

But the major trend for 2014 (and beyond) is Hoboken Chain Central Station!!

Hoboken Chain CentralAnyway, here’s a partial list of established chains:

Heck, even our newest Realtor can be considered a “chain,” (Keller Williams).

And to make the transformation on this level complete, all we need to come to Hoboken are: Taco Bell, Olive Garden, Papa John’s, and Krispy Kreme (although Chick-fil-A would be a WELCOME addition to Hoboken!)

Starting a biz in Hoboken impossible without “chain name” power?

It’s apparent that it is exceedingly difficult to start a business like this in Hoboken unless you’re already established with massive cash-flow, and the luxury that comes with buying things in bulk (volume discounting). With the SKY HIGH rents in town, and a non-business friendly “government,” the prospects are slim to have truly “local” shops in town. Those days are dwindling, and the end is near!

PS – it should also be noted, that some places first opened in Hoboken have or eventually will expand in a chain-like manner (Taco Truck, Red Lion Coffee, Slider Street, etc.) Additionally, this was most certainly not meant to be a comprehensive list – as quite a few others were left out of the mix for simplicity (like W Hotel, our supermarkets, movie theater, gyms, hair salons, barbers, clothing stores, day care centers, etc.)

Down with chains? Or long live chains?

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2 Comments on "Hoboken Chain Central"

1 year 5 months ago

Chains will always serve a purpose. One for cheap meals, and two to keep the medical industry going.

1 year 5 months ago

There are chains/franchises which are run by local people who chose to go with a proven system.
It is a business and the bottom line is for these folks to hopefully turn a profit while putting out good quality food. OBVIOUSLY not all chains are made the same and there are good and bad which is some fail and some prosper.

Debbydiet are you saying that ALL chains are cheap and are unhealthy? I wouldn’t say McLoone’s Pier House is cheap and you can probably find healthy meals no? Or Chipotle or Panera Bread?
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