25 New Jersey stores we most miss
More and more stores are either closing in New Jersey or reducing their number of locations here. So far this year, Harmon stores, Bed Bath and Beyond, 7-Eleven, and Sears all fall under that category.
This coming off 2022, when so many stores closed in New Jersey. Whenever a store closes, it takes not only a piece of the landscape with it, but your memories of shopping there and the place those memories hold in your heart. Whenever I talk about 'Two Guys from Harrison' in my comedy routine, it's met with applause from the audience. I used to stop at the one on 15th and Kennedy Blvd in Union City/ then later on Rt 9 in Manalapan.
The pandemic forced many great Mom and Pop stores to close as well. Some offered great deals, all were providing a living for those who worked there. Hopefully, they were able to find better jobs.
It's harder and harder to open successful stores in New Jersey, especially with online shopping doing so well. But as great as that is, some stores in New Jersey will be fondly remembered. Such as these from my following:
Two Guys in Union, with that popcorn vending machine that made the entire store smell good.
Bob O'Brien Leszczak
Fred and Pete's in Mercerville shopping center
Jeri Fitzgeorge LaMothe
Woolworth, Best & Bradley’s.
Pier Platters - Hoboken record shop
Lord and Taylor
Roberta Smith McKenna
Toys r us
Bradlee's and Sterns. I practically lived at both places, lol.
Amy Spagnuolo Higgins
Kays Nut Shop, Central Ave, Jersey City for their Vanilla Yum Yum Italian Ice
Pathmark Super market on my favorites their prices on food were less expensive than today's supermarket chains
Silvers Toy Store Central Ave Jersey City!
Robert Hall (I miss their Husky department!?!)
Daniel’s Den (independent bookstore in Kearny, NJ)
New Jersey's license plate designs through the years
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