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RED BANK: COFFEE, CARS AND CLUCK U

no joe 040615Dan Salazar and his wife, Grisel, at right, with Grisel’s sister, Adela Carrazana, the new owners of No Joe’s Coffee House.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallThis edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has news about two businesses on Red Bank’s West Side: Cluck U Chicken and Green’s Auto Performance.

But we start downtown with No Joe’s Coffee House, where Churn was surprised to find itself sharing a sidewalk table earlier this week with new owners, who have some pretty ambitious plans.

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RED BANK: MALL TO INSTALL SAFETY BOLLARDS

rb city centre 040215The City Centre strip mall has seen four incidents in which cars have driven into storefronts in recent years, the latest on March 3, below. (Photos by John T. Ward, above, and Carl Colmorgen, below. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb crash 030315 1The owner of Red Bank’s City Centre strip mall hopes to put an end to unwanted drive-thru service.

After four incidents in recent years in which vehicles jumped the curb and crashed into storefronts, John Bowers will install safety bollards, he tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: CAR CRASHES INTO CHICKEN JOINT

rb crash 030315 1Two employees reported non-serious injuries after a car jumped the curb and plowed through the storefront of the Cluck U chicken restaurant on Water Street in Red Bank shortly before noon Tuesday, according to police Chief Darren McConnell. The driver was identified as Liv Wilson, 71, of Holmdel. No summonses were immediately issued, and the crash is under investigation by Patrolman Matthew Ehrenreich of the RBPD traffic safety unit.

The City Centre strip mall, in which the restaurant is located, has seen this type of crash before, including one involving Jersey Mike’s Subs last October and another involving Cluck U in 2009, in which a customer was injured.

The building remains structurally sound, McConnell said. (Photo by Carl Colmorgen. Click to enlarge)