SHREWSBURY: JOB LOT STORE OPENS

shrews job lot 060314HOT-TOPIC_03After a vacancy of more than five years, a former supermarket on Newman Springs Road in Shrewsbury has a new tenant. Ocean State Job Lot, a closeout retailer based in Rhode Island, opened Tuesday morning. The store is temporarily accepting cash only. Here’s our April story on the company. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SHREWSBURY: JOB LOTTER RENTS GIANT SPACE

179 NSrd 2 080308Ocean State Job Lot will open its first New Jersey store in the building, which was vacated by Foodtown in August, 2008.

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03After a vacancy of more than five years, a former supermarket on Newman Springs Road in Shrewsbury has landed a tenant.

Ocean State Job Lot, a closeout retailer based in Rhode Island, plans to open its first New Jersey store at the location, company store planner Jocelyn Bromley tells redbankgreen.

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RENTERS MAY FACE FULL CPI INCREASES

By JOHN T. WARD

After three decades getting a discount, Red Bank tenants could have to pick up full cost-of-living increases starting later this year.

The borough council introduced an ordinance change Wednesday night that would allow landlords to increase rents by the full amount of the Consumer Price Index published by the federal Labor Department.

Since as far back as 1978 or even earlier, local increases have been capped at 60 percent of the CPI rise when a tenant pays for heat, and 80 percent when the landlord does.

The reason for the change, said Mayor Pasquale Menna, is that no one can remember the rationale for the discount, and no paper trail for it exists, leaving it open to a lawsuit.

“If it were challenged, we would not prevail,” said Menna, an attorney who made his political bones as a tenants’ advocate in the early 1980s. “It’s defective.”

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