Next to the doomed Crema Lita (which seemed to be gone after a few days), this has to be one of the fastest exits from Hoboken in a while. What happened to them? They had a great market with a ton of potential, but they never seemed to be open at the right time.
Here’s a quick update and some new pics. I spent a few minutes with Lebanese owner Gina Jabado, who runs the Harrison Market along with her brothers Tom and David. They have a little history in Hoboken. Back in 1996 they had sold their “What’s Cooking?” deli (which is now Trattoria Saporito). After they left their Hoboken location, they re-located over to Jersey City and ran an establishment by the same name up until last year.
She was very friendly and offered nice samples for everyone to try. The chicken salad was indeed good as others mentioned. She’s also taking suggestions from neighborhood residents as to what items they’d like her to carry. They’re working on a website, but it’s not online yet. They also have a limited menu at the moment, and will be expanding it over the next few months.
Welcome back to Hoboken, Gina!
See below for more pictures, operating hours and phone numbers.
Welp, it’s not called “Van Houtte.” Since I live pretty much as far away in Hoboken from this place as possible, I just now found out it’s called the “Harrison Market.” A friend who lives in the nearby Skyclub mentioned it had opened. She had a cup of the Van Houtte coffee, and said it was tasty. Also a turkey sandwich which was decent, as well as some “excellent” chicken salad.
Will stop by there sometime this week and update pictures and find out more.
Their website: www.harrisonmarket.com didn’t seem to be up yet.
It appears that Canadian-based Coffee / Cafe Company has a franchisee opening up at 659 First Street. From what we can tell, it’s the first U.S. Van Houtte-branded location (if they will actually go by that name). Van Houtte does have a subsidiary that distributes their coffee in America under the “Filterfresh” brand.
Regardless, it looks rather roomy and nice from the outside. Besides coffee, Van Houtte offers sandwiches, croissants, quesadillas, pizza, pastries, fruit and much more. See their MENU HERE.
Doesn’t appear that they have much work left to do, other than the finishing touches, and of course obtain occupancy permits from the City. Get the HATT out to determine the exact date they’ll open. We have no idea. No one was available on site to speak to.
Van Houtte is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: VH), and is based out of Montreal, Quebec.
Here’s some additional information regarding the nature of their franchises:
Description: Coffee shop, cafe and groceries. Open M-F 8am-8pm, Sat & Sun 9am-6pm
Address: 659 First St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: 201-876-1700 Fax: 201-876-1702
More pre-opening pictures after.