RED BANK: DIAMOND SHOP HIT AGAIN

red bank, nj, a.h. fisher diamondsPlywood covered the broken door early Tuesday morning. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Seven years after it was the target of a smash-and-grab burglary, a Red Bank jewelry shop was hit again Monday, police said.

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RED BANK: SMASH-AND-GRAB AT JEWEL SHOP

Red Bank police are investigating a smash-and-grab burglary at a Broad Street jewelry store shortly before dawn Sunday.

Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen that patrols responded to a 5 a.m. alarm at A.H. Fisher Diamonds, at the corner of White Street to find the front-door glass smashed and the store strewn with glass from broken display cases. The suspects had fled, he said.

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BALLEW BUILDING GOES FOR $1.5M

ballewThe three-story structure changed hands on July 1, records show. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The former home of Ballew Jewelers at has been sold, officially severing a relationship with Red Bank that lasted 124 years but sputtered to an anticlimactic end earlier this year.

Through an entity called LLC 36 Broad Street, Rumson resident Michael Morgan paid $1.5 million on July 1 for the three-story building at 36 Broad, according to Monmouth County property records.

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TO DIAMOND MAN, BROAD ST. STILL SHINES

Displaced from his longtime storefront, Alan Fisher plans to take over the space now occupied by Papyrus in the red brick structure visible over his left shoulder.

Alan Fisher got his walking papers in late January.

After 25 years operating A.H. Fisher Diamonds at 10 Broad Street, Fisher was notified with just five days remaining on his lease that it wouldn’t be renewed.

Turns out his landlord, Keith Alliotts of Broad Street Realty Associates, has a client on the line who not only wants the storefront at 2 Broad, at the corner of Broad and West Front streets, but the entire 10,000-square-foot structure that stretches several addresses south on Broad.

Alliotts’ client is widely rumored to be Urban Outfitters, though neither the clothing retailer nor Alliotts responded to redbankgreen messages seeking comment.

Fisher says he knows nothing more than the rest of us about who the tenant will be. But the fact that his landlord told him the mystery tenant wants not just 2 and 8 Broad, but Fisher’s space and the private breezeway it abuts will only heighten interest in the prospective deal.

But that’s a story for another day. Today, our topic is Fisher’s decision, in spite of all the mutterings about Red Bank’s purported slide back to the days of ‘Dead Bank,’ to stick with Broad Street.

“I grew up here in town, so yes, this is a vote of confidence in Red Bank,” says Fisher, who in high school and college had a job that required him to wind the clock atop the former borough hall and police station at 51 Monmouth Street.

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