What and When? (1425 Garden Street)

1/14/2010 Update:

What’s taking so long?

This retail space has essentially been available since 2008 – and still with no tenant! There was some talk about some kind of retail (like a Banana or Gap – but who needs that when you can buy online?) – as well as perhaps a Trader Joe’s.

What would work uptown? And survive?

What store should occupy the retail space at Garden Street Lofts Hoboken NJ

See previous update from nearly 15 months ago – after the jump!

10/23/2008:

As the Garden Street Lofts gets closer to completion – I wondered what would be a sure-fire winner at this location.

Looks already like an ideal location for a Banana Republic or a Gap… doesn’t it?

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39 Comments on "What and When? (1425 Garden Street)"

mooshu
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mooshu

If Trader Joe’s gets this space first, they have my blessing.

jazzeru
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jazzeru

i would love a trader joes there i just don’t see it happening.. where would people park? second and third the surf taco idea you’ve not lived until you’ve had some baja surf madness

In response to mooshu who said:
If Trader Joe’s gets this space first, they have my blessing.

plywood
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plywood

High draw mid-to-high price food is the easy answer: Surf Taco (personal favorite), 5 Guys, Papa John’s Pizza, Panera, even Bennigan’s or TGI Friday’s as well the town is screaming for a seafood house.
Apparel retail will probably tank, even off-price, just too awkward a location.
Let’s hope Hoboken doesn’t have to resort to another school on the highway (Ref: Steven’s on River Rd)
What the town could use (but questionable viability): kick butt full line plant store like Metropolitan Plants.
In a cruddy economy bmacqueens is also onto something with the professional offices

bmacqueens
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This is a dreadfully low foot traffic area. Nobody WANTS to be on 14th in this area. It’s very dangerous with car traffic flying off of WIllow, or flying towards Willow. Retail will not survive on that stretch; nothing has, not in the six years that I’ve lived in this area. Best options would be professional offices (too late if already configured for retail) or a school (with mandatory crossing guard on 14th during all relevant times).

mooshu
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mooshu

Long time no see.

I understand, but for the past several months I’ve envisioned a certain kind of business that I believe would do really, really well in this spot. If money weren’t an object, I’d absolutely take over this space with the business I have in mind.

Unfortunately, determining a need in this town and fulfilling it is only half the job in the end. A vision isn’t going to pay the rent.

In response to bmacqueens who said:
This is a dreadfully low foot traffic area. Nobody WANTS to be on 14th in this area. It’s very dangerous with car traffic flying off of WIllow, or flying towards Willow. Retail will not survive on that stretch; nothing has, not in the six years that I’ve lived in this area. Best options would be professional offices (too late if already configured for retail) or a school (with mandatory crossing guard on 14th during all relevant times).

ntableman
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ntableman

I am not sure that this is a low foot traffic area – compared to what? There are some of the highest residential high rises in town, and more to come it would seem, with in 3 blocks or so. I live in GSL and my only concern is food in there will bring bugs and I don’t really want that. But neither do I want retail workers smoking out back. If I had a choice I would take retail over food. In fact, I think in the papers somewhere it says something about no food, but I wouldn’t swear to it. I might have just heard this at one of the meetings. Honestly, with Kings a few blocks away, the gym, a bank, etc… it is hard to think of something we do not have close that we need. A book store would be cool and might be nicer than the BN downtown.

I am willing to bet that it is empty into 2011 given what is happening in commercial real estate especially related to retail.

jazzeru
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jazzeru

low foot traffic area + failing economy with 17+% under & unemployed = more of this to come

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