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Visions For Vacancies: What Should Move To 635 Bloomfield Ave.?

The location used to be home to Nouveau Sushi.


Let's call this a modern spin on community planning—Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

In an occasional column, we'll present a new vacant space and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules, and all the other zoning jargon that puts people most to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

We launched this new occasional feature a few months ago by focusing on the now vacant spot at 622 Valley Road in Upper Montclair, the former home of Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

This week, we're asking what you think should move into the space at 635 Bloomfield Ave., just near the recently opened Indigo Kitchen restaurant.

The site used to be the location of Nouveau Sushi, and the business' website still proclaims the restaurant to be the home of new, different, and fresh sushi, a place open seven nights a week for dinner.

But the signs in the window say the space is for rent.

So what should go into the former Nouveau Sushi space? Another restaurant? A retail store? Certainly it should be somewhere that could be enjoyed by those visiting Whole Foods and the just up the road.

The good news is that the space enjoys high visibility and ample parking in the lot just across the street, at the corner of Valley Road and Bloomfield Avenue.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below! Know of a vacant space/building we should highlight? Email Shelley@patch.com.

Townie June 04, 2012 at 11:47 AM
The obvious best use for this space (and for every available property in Montclair): Trader Joe's!
Argon Sage June 04, 2012 at 12:30 PM
It probably wouldn't do much business in that location, but I would wish there was an Aisan or Indian market in downtown Montclair.
Shelley Emling (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Would love to see an Asian or Indian market myself.. that would be fantastic.
Ron Mullen June 04, 2012 at 01:09 PM
You should list the "asking rent " for each of the empty storefronts-that way one's great ideas will be grounded in reality. My idea is a Chipotle. We have to drive all the way to Willowbrook to order our "rice and beans". Also bring back the Vietnamese restaurant that occupied (successfully) the now empty storefront on Grove St ( sth of Bloomfield)
Shelley Emling (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Good idea to find out the rent.. will try to do that from now on.
Kyle Martinowich June 04, 2012 at 03:50 PM
French Steak Frites like; Les Halles, Balthazar, or Pommes Frites in NYC Homemade Bernaise, escargots, etc.........
AC June 04, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Something retail like a mid-priced accessories store or a Nine West shoe store. I think the last thing we need on Bloomfield avenue is another place to eat.
Andy T June 04, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Can't live on bread alone....a musical instrument store to replace Valley Guitars or...a CD and record store the caliber of Rasputin or Amoeba on the west coast.
jaart June 04, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Korean BBQ or maybe a clothing store like a GAP or Banana Republic. But for the love of god, not another Italian restaurant the serves pizza.
Shelley Emling (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Still would love to see an Indian or Thai market..
Denise June 05, 2012 at 02:52 AM
A Nine West store sounds great or Aerosoles- love their shoes' comfort, style and affordability.
Denise June 05, 2012 at 02:55 AM
A Nine West store sounds great or Aerosoles- love their shoes' comfort, style and affordability.
Gilligan Baines June 07, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I agree, a Trader Joe's (the space is too small) would be fantastic for this area! You can go to the TJ website and request it. The more requests they get, the more of a possibility of getting one. An Asian or Indian market would also be great. The real question is "Why all the vacancies, and what is being done about it?". Seems to me that the town is being strong-armed by greedy landlords (one in particular, without naming names-initials D.G). This is a very serious problem, since the Bloomfield Avenue business district is looking like a ghost town. No major retailer would want to risk opening up here because of that. Maybe the local government could intervene and enforce "eminent domain"? I know this probably can't be done, but something has to. Why isn't our local government doing anything about it?
Gilligan Baines June 07, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Great suggestion, but will people spend money there?
Gilligan Baines June 07, 2012 at 11:13 PM
It would absolutely help to know the rent and the contact info for the landlord or broker. Does Montclair really need another restaurant?


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