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what is happening to the businesses on main st?

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creatureofsong

Edison, NJ

#1 Jun 17, 2008
Does anyone have a clue why all of the businesses on Main St. seem to be going OUT of business? First the sushi restaurant (closed before I got to try it) and then the C Town Supermarket up for sale last week. It seems a little rediculous considering all of these politicians boasted they would make the Main St business area a priority if elected (I guess that is what makes them politicians though...right?).
Frank

New Milford, NJ

#2 Jun 17, 2008
C Town was doomed from the start, with a Super Stop & Shop and Shop Rite a 2 minute car drive away , there is no way they could compete . Bud Mullaney & the rest of the democrats thought C Town was a great idea & would be the crown jewel of downtown , because in the 70`s there was a Food Town there & the town was thriving . Well Buddy & company the 70`s are OVER ! How about a franchise like a T.G.I.F`s or Houlihans to attract folks & bring in much needed tax revenue ?
sam

New Milford, NJ

#3 Jun 18, 2008
matawan needs to tear down the old dilapadated train station , which is at the gateway to main street , and finally establish the transit village which will make people want to visit matawan , and not simply drive through it. state money has been earmarked for this for years, but is tied up in local political red tape . if matawan follows the sucessful models of freehold & redbank , it will thrive once again, otherwise it`s dieing on the vine.
local girl

Easton, CT

#4 Sep 1, 2008
sam wrote:
matawan needs to tear down the old dilapadated train station , which is at the gateway to main street , and finally establish the transit village which will make people want to visit matawan , and not simply drive through it. state money has been earmarked for this for years, but is tied up in local political red tape . if matawan follows the sucessful models of freehold & redbank , it will thrive once again, otherwise it`s dieing on the vine.
Wow its amazing that this is the first I've heard of that. Such a simple idea to revitalize Main Street Matawan and there is no one campaigning for this!? Matawans potential to be charming historical hotspot is only a train station away.
sam

New Milford, NJ

#5 Sep 2, 2008
i read in the local paper that matawan recently won a court case that had stalled the transit village development plans and now things will start to move forward. in addition to tearing down the rotting abandoned train station & developing the area the police & politicians need to remove the 100 illegal day laborers in front of the 7-11 and thus make the area more inviteing to all visitors.the laws are on the books already , just simply need to be enforced .
local girl

Trenton, NJ

#6 Sep 3, 2008
sam wrote:
i read in the local paper that matawan recently won a court case that had stalled the transit village development plans and now things will start to move forward. in addition to tearing down the rotting abandoned train station & developing the area the police & politicians need to remove the 100 illegal day laborers in front of the 7-11 and thus make the area more inviteing to all visitors.the laws are on the books already , just simply need to be enforced .
I even tend to avoid that 7-11 because of all the guys hangin aroud the place.
Concerned Citizen

Parlin, NJ

#7 Sep 11, 2008
People,
Businesses on Main Street Matawan go out of business because no one, including Matawan residents, actually go there and try something new.
The Democrats and the Republicans in City Council, as misguided both may be, are not the only ones who stayed away from these businesses. It was us residents who stayed away.
In addition, the planning and zoning boards make it extremely difficult to get anything done. I know business owners who have voiced their frustration at the lack of support - not financial support - but rather than make things easy, have made things very difficult.
The issue is to try to understand why people stay away from Main Street. Do they consider it "low class"? Is it a dangerous street? Businesses are there waiting for customers......
sam

New Milford, NJ

#8 Sep 12, 2008
main street needs a face lift . start with the transit village ( finally !), clear out the 100 illegal alien day laborers @ 7-11 and create a less threatening & inviting atmosphere for law abiding citizens. get a franchise like t.g.i.f.`s or houlihans in the former c-town location. take a page out of the freehold & red bank playbooks , open up storefronts & permit dining al fresco / etc. and you`ll attract people . otherwise main st. matawan will remain depressed.
Live here and love it

Parlin, NJ

#9 Sep 12, 2008
I agree with Concerned Citizen. Matawan residents just aren't patronizing these businesses. I went to the CTown several times and it was always empty. I go to La Riviera and there's never anyone there. They had great music on Friday nights, but there wasn't anyone there to hear it. The sushi place was much better and less expensive than Mahzu, but again, always empty. I'm not sure where the Matawan folks go, but it's not downtown.
Concerned Citizen

Parlin, NJ

#10 Sep 12, 2008
Sam,

By inferring that people don't go to the restaurants at night, or didn't go to C-Town b/c of the 100 illegal alien day laborers is irresponsible and completely misguided. No one is near La Rivera, La Pesce, Aby's nor were they in front of the sushi restaurant. People still go to 7-11, so they are not that threatened.

People don't go out in Matawan b/c they are fed up with Matawan itself. i.e. high taxes; the gov't and beauracy of Matawan make it very difficult for restaurants and other businesses to invest in this city. And when businesses do a bit of diligence and realize that people don't even come to the restaurants that are here, they decide not to invest in Matawan.

And as far as being able to set up tables outide to eat, it took one local restaurant yrs to get the permit to be able to do so.

Think about it.....beauracratic BS makes it difficult to invest and if they build it....they don't come.

However, Sam if you wish to blame day laborers for the ills of Matawan's businesses, go ahead. Just realize that you are part of the problem as well. Matawan residents should be celebrating the diversity of our city. Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, American food is right here on Main Street, as our people of those nationalities.

And pls, don't compare Matawan to Red Bank or Freehold. I would love to be compared to the vibrant downtown area of Keyport!
sam

New Milford, NJ

#11 Sep 12, 2008
Concerned , C-town failed because it couldn`t compete with the prices & selections of stop & shop and shop rite a mile away. getting a franchise in that location would be 1000% better than a mini market or crappy hardware store . the elimination of the 100 ILLEGAL aliens roming around would invite folks from other towns to visit existing businesses, & spend money . local gov`t needs to cut the red tape and make it easier for business owners to make changes. i like ethnic diversity , as long as they are LEGAL. also redbank , freehold & keyport are all gigantic upticks to what matawan currently offers. it`s not about being frustrated with matawan property taxes , it`s about creating a pleasant& safe atmosphere, where people want to visit & spend money so local business can flourish. the bottom line is main st. needs a facelift a.s.a.p.
Concerned Citizen

Parlin, NJ

#12 Sep 12, 2008
Sam,

"the bottom line is main st. needs a facelift a.s.a.p."

ABSOLUTELY!!
Lisa

Tenafly, NJ

#13 Sep 13, 2008
Matawan has the potential to be a great town. It has more to do with the lack of town planning and getting businesses and restaurants that people will want to go to. They should allow outdoor dining like Red Bank or Freehold. It has nothing to do with illegal immigrants hanging out. They have them in Freehold and Red Bank too and it hasn't hurt anything there.I would love to go out in my own town and not have to travel.
Local Girl

Trenton, NJ

#14 Sep 27, 2008
We should be spreading the news on how much we like those restaurant that were mentioned above. We've been going to Abby's for years and have whatched them pull a little pizza place into a charming family owed Mexican restaurant. They have become like our friends. They work so hard tryng to raise there 2 boys with the values of hard working parents. Abbys has been growing. I told to many people and now I have to wait for a table now! LOL!

Since: Sep 08

AOL

#15 Sep 28, 2008
I miss Joe Pepp's :-( Here's hoping that the new "Maloney's" will be as much fun!
Sad

Easton, CT

#16 Oct 1, 2008
Say goodbye to Stewarts it's property has been sold.
WoW

Toms River, NJ

#17 Oct 1, 2008
No Way !!! Say it aint so !!!
Matawan Mattie

Massapequa Park, NY

#18 Oct 21, 2008
With a Council that still hasn't dealt with the deficit, they want us to keep Malley and Bunyon in office. The C-Town did not cater to the Borough's population. Poor marketing skills. They were allowed to open without proper parking spots. The restaurants on Main St. are good. Been to several myself. Food was good, a bit pricey but worth it for good food.

There was a Study for the Revitalization of Main St. by Beacon Surveyors paid for by taxpayer dollars. The Democrats conveniently couldn't find it for 9 months, then did nothing with it.

We need change in Matawan. We need candidates whose only interest is to move Matawan forward. We need Urbano and Fitzsimmons.
Frank

New Milford, NJ

#19 Oct 21, 2008
Good points Mattie ! We all want a better Matawan & not " business as usual " that the Democrats are giving us. Also ,I know the roads are in poor shape but issuing a $1.2 million dollar bond to cover repaving costs in the current economic environment is insane. The roads can wait .
Brian

United States

#20 Dec 30, 2008
Well Frank, you got your wish, its now fifty fifty split so again nothing will got down. Rememer back when the republicans were in charge? a lot of good that did. enough with this democrat crap you are dishing out...lets get someone in there who cares, forget about party

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