jack-readieretail churn smallJack Readie scraped his own name off the window of the storefront that was home to his meat shop on Monmouth Street in Red Bank for many years Thursday.

The business, which was born as the Village Pork Store in 1957 and taken over by Readie in the 1980s, has been owned for the last 11 years by Tom Fishkin. Still called Readie’s, it moved to Broad Street in September.

“I’m not even thinking about” the end of an era, Readie told redbankgreen, adding that he has two strong prospects as tenants for the space. (Click to enlarge)


fishkinTom Fishkin outside the Broad Street storefront into which he plans to move Readie’s Fine Foods next month. (Click to enlarge)


Here’s a movin’-on-up story we don’t see many examples of here in Red Bank’s ever-churning downtown.

At an age most retail establishments would kill to attain, Monmouth Street mainstay Readie’s Fine Foods, with roots that go back 54 years, is heading uptown.

Not that the diplomatic owner, Tom Fishkin, who doubles as chairman of Red Bank RiverCenter, would put it that way.

“People have always said Broad Street is better” because of its wider sidewalks and cachet, Fishkin tells redbankgreen. “But if you’re a destination store, it doesn’t matter which street you’re on.”

Except that is, when you’re a destination deli, with no place for customers to eat the sandwiches you make.

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