RETAIL CHURN: EAT, WEAR AND INVEST

jim lin 110314Jim Lin, owner of Oriental Empire, said customers of his Ocean Township restaurant urged him to open one in Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508In this edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn, we’ve got details on these recent developments in ever-churning downtown Red Bank:

• Oriental Empire, a restaurant offering a mix of Asian cuisines, opened last month at 54 English Plaza.

• A former sales associate at the recently departed Nirvana is opening her own women’s clothing store on Broad Street.

• A restaurant called Hansel & Griddle plans to open on West Front Street.

• A nail salon changes hands and rebrands.

• The space formerly occupied by office supply retailer Staples is turning into office space for a securities brokerage.

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RED BANK: NEW NAME POPS UP DOWNTOWN

joann clark 042414•The former Fameabilia space, now approved for a restaurant, is among the Red Bank properties marketed by Joann Clark’s new brokerage. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508For reasons that may be clear only to her, JoAnn Clark decided to name her new commercial real estate brokerage after Bluewin, a Swiss email service.

Which is why visitors to downtown Red Bank are suddenly seeing signs touting the availability of retail spaces through Blue Winn Commerial.

“I liked the sound of it,” Clark tells redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn, laughing. “I went with that.”

The garrulous and nearly-always-laughing Red Bank resident’s half of just about any conversation is likely to contain numerous such head-scratchers. In fact, Clark is quick to admit that her stream-of-conscious repartee and sense of humor can be baffling. But she adds that what’s enabled to survive more than two decades of market ups and downs isn’t what she says, but understanding what her clients say.

“As much as I talk, I listen, and try and get a feel for what they need,” she said.

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