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West Long Branch Shopping Center Could Reopen By February

WEST LONG BRANCH: After being vacant for over a year, the Carriage Square shopping center in the borough should be opening by early February.

An early November, 2015 fire started in the roof of one of the stores and caused smoke damage to nearly every unit in the shopping center located at 175 Monmouth Road. The center contains store such as Dak Lak Coffee Roasting, Jersey Mikes and Carvel.

According to a Facebook post by Tom Tvrdik, a general contractor and real estate agent with RE/MAX Gateway, a few of the stores could reopen by Feb. 1 as long as they obtain their COs.

Those stores are Wall Street Construction, a plumbing contractor owned by a borough resident; 2.50 Cleaners, 4 Anna's Flowers, Arts Embroidery and Blue Moon Cruises & Tours.

Between March 1 and March 15, several other stores could reopen including Dak Lak Coffee, Carvel, West End Salon (Gianne Beauty Care), Jersey Mikes

The remaining shops will reopen between March 16 and April 15; Peking Taste Chinese Restaurant, LaValle Nail Salon, Giuseppe's Pizza and cigar/vape shop.

Tvrdik said two units are currently vacant and that RE/MAX Gateway will soon be advertising them for lease. He said anyone interested in renting them can contact him at 732-804-0944.

Four business decided not to come back to shopping center including Berkenstock, which is now located in Little Silver, Des Jardin Martial Arts which moved to Eatontown, Jesus Book and Gift store which has a second location in Green Brook and One Main Financial which moved across the street.

"All of the business owners are anxious to get back to serving their loyal customers of West Long Branch," Tvrdik said. "I cannot thank the towns of West Long Branch and Long Branch enough for expediting all permits and inspections to help speed up this process."

He said the process of moving the tenants back into the shopping center took a long time because each unit had to be inspected by each individual tenant's insurance company. Demolition took about six weeks and construction took longer than expected in order for the building to be brought up current code standards.


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