300 Washington fire hurt local businesses?

Local Hoboken business Makeovers hopes to re-open after fire

There’s no doubt that the disruption caused by the fire at 300 Washington Street hurt surrounding businesses, but none more than those that had to close down entirely due to their proximity to the clean-up scene.

Makeovers was one of those places, and owner Peter Sarlo hopes to re-open this week and sent an update letter to the community.

Makeovers extends winter sale due to fire at 300 Washington Street

“Dear Neighbors,

Thank you all for your kind notes and words concerning my salon and store Makeovers. Having been closed due to the fire next door has been frustrating, servicing our community of Hoboken, is very important to us. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have survived the fire without any damage. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of our dear friends who lost everything next door.

Makeovers will reopen this week! We are just waiting to get the okay from the building department.

Due to the interruption of our business, we’re extending our Winter Sale: BUY 1 GET 1 HALF OFF!

I know we are all looking forward to see our beloved Washington street returning with the fun vibrancy it always has.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Peter Sarlo
Owner, Makeovers”

Some say Hoboken fire at 300 Washington St. burnt economy

3/7/2012:

Hoboken411 received quite a few emails from residents suggesting that the fire at 300 Washington Street, subsequent demolition and slow cleanup and re-routing of NJ Transit buses is to blame for the economic suffering of nearby businesses.

One reader even said that the owners of top restaurant Sri Thai – which is on 3rd & Bloomfield Streets (which isn’t closed) suffered losses of 50% since the fire. They claimed that business from the W Hotel is now “non-existent” because of the road closure.

How lazy are Hobokenites? What happened to being a “walking town?”

Hearing all the “suffering” these local businesses endured sounded a bit odd to me. With the mild winter, and relatively good weather we’ve been having over the past couple weeks – how does a small street closure cause such an economic crisis?

Are people around here so damn lazy that walking an extra block or two – even five or six blocks – that much of an encumbrance?

Do we have such short attention spans that we forget that Hoboken is home to some fantastic establishments?

With the over-promotion of bike lanes, pedestrian improvements and more – perhaps it still boils down to the good ‘ole car – because walking isn’t helping anyone at this point! Heck those closed off streets downtown are safer than ever – but the place is a ghost town, even during the middle of a gorgeous day.

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22 Comments on "300 Washington fire hurt local businesses?"

john14
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john14

Peter must now be even more pissed that the city allowed a chain retailer (Ricky’s) to open less than a block away.

R1100R
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R1100R

Dear mooshu,
My guess is that you don’t own a business or have any responsibility for that matter. Playing video games all day does not constitute having such a dismissive opinion on what is happening to the businesses that have been affected by this fire. There is no whining going on here, we all know that we have to be patient. The problem is that the people who own those businesses still have to pay salaries and rent, even though there are half as many people passing by their stores. Have a little understanding for the people that actually work for a living.

escaped68
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I ‘m sure the demo company would like to hear your expert ideas on how to remove the debris. It has to be done is a safe and orderly manner,also they must be on the lookout for asbestos. The water spray not only keeps the dust down but also keeps the asbestos blowing blowing all over
[quote comment=”214513″]Dear mooshu, My guess is that you don’t own a business or have any responsibility for that matter. Playing video games all day does not constitute having such a dismissive opinion on what is happening to the businesses that have been affected by this fire. There is no whining going on here, we all know that we have to be patient. The problem is that the people who own those businesses still have to pay salaries and rent, even though there are half as many people passing by their stores. Have a little understanding for the people that actually work for a living.[/quote]

R1100R
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R1100R

The demo company is doing a great job. They have about a dozen city agencies looking over their every move. They are keeping the debris as close to the building as possible. There are a huge amount rules and regulations that they have to follow. [quote comment=”214516″]I ‘m sure the demo company would like to hear your expert ideas on how to remove the debris. It has to be done is a safe and orderly manner,also they must be on the lookout for asbestos. The water spray not only keeps the dust down but also keeps the asbestos blowing blowing all over[/quote]

mooshu
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mooshu

Dear Passive-Aggressive R1100R,

I don’t own a business on that street, no. And what I do is irrelevant to this thread but if you’d like to assume I sit on my hiney and play video games all day, that’s fine.

Still, eff you. I reserve my understanding for people in serious situations right now, not an obstacle that will take a little bit of time to overcome. If anyone has it really bad, it’s the people who lived in that building, and the people who ran a business in that building as well.

Buh bye.

[quote comment=”214513″]Dear mooshu, My guess is that you don’t own a business or have any responsibility for that matter. Playing video games all day does not constitute having such a dismissive opinion on what is happening to the businesses that have been affected by this fire. There is no whining going on here, we all know that we have to be patient. The problem is that the people who own those businesses still have to pay salaries and rent, even though there are half as many people passing by their stores. Have a little understanding for the people that actually work for a living.[/quote]

R1100R
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R1100R

You are very right, the people who lived in that building have it the worst. I dont know why you have to resort to calling me names though. But, if that is how you communicate with adults, that’s your problem. All I’m trying to say is that it’s really hard to make a dollar and having another “obstacle” doesn’t help. [quote comment=”214514″]Dear Passive-Aggressive R1100R,I don’t own a business on that street, no. And what I do is irrelevant to this thread but if you’d like to assume I sit on my hiney and play video games all day, that’s fine.Still, eff you. I reserve my understanding for people in serious situations right now, not an obstacle that will take a little bit of time to overcome. If anyone has it really bad, it’s the people who lived in that building, and the people who ran a business in that building as well.Buh bye.[/quote]

mooshu
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mooshu

I called you a name because of your non-adult post where you mentioned that I should ‘understand’ those who actually work for a living. I’ve been working since well before I was legally allowed to but thanks, and you’ll be happy to know that Washington street is open again.

You should read lobsta’s post. She nails this thread.

— moosh[quote comment=”214515″]You are very right, the people who lived in that building have it the worst. I dont know why you have to resort to calling me names though. But, if that is how you communicate with adults, that’s your problem. All I’m trying to say is that it’s really hard to make a dollar and having another “obstacle” doesn’t help.[/quote]

mooshu
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mooshu

Boo hoo. It’s a fire. This is what happens sometimes when there is a fire on a busy street like this. We can be patient and ride it out, or we can whine like big babies. Wait until a natural disaster comes along– then you’ll really have a reason to whine.

And ‘Bangkok City’? Really? Blech.

LobstaGirl
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LobstaGirl

Bangkok City, I would rather eat out of a dumpster…..I am with you Mooshu. Years ago Sri Thai was the Turkish Kitchen and it was ahead of it’s time with kick butt food….to bad it’s still not there.

Today’s people are lazy, complain & don’t want to lift a finger to succeed and look for reasons to fail instead of taking adversity as a way at looking at situations differently to adapt and move ahead……..Everything is NOT a hand out people, reinvent yourself.[quote comment=”214512″]Boo hoo. It’s a fire. This is what happens sometimes when there is a fire on a busy street like this. We can be patient and ride it out, or we can whine like big babies. Wait until a natural disaster comes along– then you’ll really have a reason to whine.And ‘Bangkok City’? Really? Blech.[/quote]

LobstaGirl
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LobstaGirl

I have to agree, Bangkok City doesn’t have that fresh light taste like Sri Thai. Kind of reminds you of food that has been sitting in the fridge for a few days or lesser quality sauces directly out of a jar. The flavors are more bright and tasty @ Sri Thai. They have a fish special that if you like ginger & fresh fish you will love…….Just my opinion but never brought someone to Sri Thai 7 they didn’t like………[quote comment=”214521″]@lobsta – is it that bad? If so – I’d be curious to know the specific characteristics of what makes it’s bad… poor ingredients? Sloppy preparation?I did have T Thai next to the police station long time ago, and they were fairly respectable.. .but not close to Sri Thai.[/quote]

mooshu
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mooshu

Are you talking about ‘Bangkok City’? If so, it’s kind of assy (greasy, thick, gross).[quote comment=”214521″]@lobsta – is it that bad? If so – I’d be curious to know the specific characteristics of what makes it’s bad… poor ingredients? Sloppy preparation?I did have T Thai next to the police station long time ago, and they were fairly respectable.. .but not close to Sri Thai.[/quote]

R1100R
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R1100R

The small businesses that are suffering are the ones that have to deal with 40 yard dumpers, diesel trucks and falling debris in front of their stores. There are a few stores that you cannot even see from the street, unless you are 10 feet tall and can see over the dumpers. The article above seems to disregard how retail works. People go to places because it is convenient and worth it. If you have to navigate around construction equipment-people are NOT going to make the effort.
The fire is no ones fault, as much as I know, but it is hurting the businesses on Washington between 3rd and fourth that is for sure.

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