‘EYESORE’ HAS MAKEOVER APPOINTMENT

The long-vacant former home of Surray Luggage is set for a spruce-up and a new tenant, Salon Conrete. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

It’s months away, but an enduring store vacancy in downtown Red Bank is set to end, redbankgreen has learned.

Hair stylist Salon Concrete has signed to take over half the space at the 5,600-square foot 123-127 Broad Street, salon owner Christine Zilinski confirms.

Meanwhile, there’s also some churn underway at Salon Concrete’s current home, 15 Broad, from which upscale children’s clothier Lavish Kids recently pulled out.

The street-level store below Salon Concrete recently departed 15 Broad Street, but the space is close to getting a new tenant, officials say.  (Click to enlarge)

Zilinski said she plans to relocate her salon from the 1,100-square-foot second-story space it has occupied for five years to the new address in September. The move is to accommodate a recent staff expansion and to return the business to a street-level presence it had in its early days on Monmouth Street, she said.

“Mainly we’re moving because we don’t have enough chairs,” she said. But she calls the middle Broad Street location “a highly visible space” that she believes will boost her new-client numbers significantly, given the presence of Sicilia Cafe and the the Red Bank Catholic/St. James complex across the street.

The one-story building, adjacent to the upmarket haberdashery Garmany, was the longtime home of Surray Luggage, which moved to the opposite side of Broad almost four years ago.

Landlord Caram Company plans to put on a new facade, Zilinski said.

“Which is great, because that building’s been an eyesore for a long time,” said Red Bank RiverCenter executive director Nancy Adams. With Salon Concrete, Caram “got a good, solid tenant,” she said.

An official at David Cronheim Company, which manages the property, did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.

Meanwhile, Salon Concrete has a vacant shop beneath its present location, but possibly not for long. Lavish Kids recently moved out to take its business online, a sign posted in the window says.

But “I hear there’s a lease about to be signed,” Adams tells Churn.

The landlord, identified in property records as Providence D’Arpa, could not be reached for comment.