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Cedar Lane Walgreens Developer Seeks Public Input

Proposed pharmacy could replace Louie's and two other Cedar Lane properties. Public meeting scheduled for Thursday night.

The developer seeking to build a Walgreens on Cedar Lane will hold a public meeting Thursday night to share details of the project and gather community input, a representative said today. 

The pharmacy is planned in place of three adjacent properties, including the shuttered Louie's diner and a corner gas station at Cedar Lane and Elm Avenue. 

"We think we have an excellent application that will revitalize Cedar Lane," said Victor Herlinsky, an attorney representing the project. 

Plans call for the Walgreens to include a drive-through, and Herlinsky said additional details would be shared at the meeting. 

If built, Walgreens would become the third drug store in the immediate area. Another Walgreens store on Cedar Lane closed and is now a supermarket. 

"We've done the market analysis that shows this Walgreens can be successful," Herlinsky said. 

Some residents have balked at the prospect of a chain store replacing Louie's, a fixture in Teaneck for decades. The diner closed shortly after the historic Cedar Lane Cinemas shut down and left merchants worried about the future of the town's large shopping district. 

The Teaneck zoning board is set to hear the Walgreens application Feb. 21. 

"Before we go into the board we always like to have community input," Herlinsky told Patch. "I come to the approval process with an open ear." 

Thursday's meeting will be held at the Richard Rodda Community Center at 250 Colonial Court. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. 

Related Coverage: 

  • Pharmacy Could Replace Louie’s in Teaneck
  • Louie’s in Teaneck Closed ‘Indefinitely’
  • Landlord Hopes to Keep Theater on Cedar Lane

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Barbara Ley Toffler February 07, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Thanks!! Maybe I should also proof read my comments!
Barbara Ley Toffler February 07, 2013 at 07:48 PM
whoops again: statutory
Tee Smyth February 07, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Louie's has been closed for a couple of months now
PM February 07, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Walgreens is from Illinois and keep in mind, Illinois has brought a lot of havoc to our world...Jon Corzine (NJ); obama (USA) and now [ANOTHER] Walgreens (Teaneck). Let's not continue to be dumb.
ABL February 07, 2013 at 09:17 PM
I heard Louie's restaurat chef may go out on his own and reopen literally across the street in the CVS complex Let's hope he does and let's all make sure we support him and make it happen for them. Besides our CVS there are private pharmacies in town and it is cruel to allow a walgreens to open here. Cedar Lane can and should be a upper-middle class shopping district reflecting the rich diversity of our town.
Tee Smyth February 07, 2013 at 09:19 PM
You can't be serious.
Judy Distler February 07, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Could we leave state and national politics out of it (since we are certainly not in agreement on that) and stick to what we appear to agree on, i.e., the rebirth of Cedar Lane with the kinds of stores that we need. . .
Tee Smyth February 07, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Hope to "see" you guys at the meeting tonight!
Art Vatsky February 07, 2013 at 10:49 PM
If residents like watching live drama then Teaneck Council meetings are the best show in town. The forces of good and evil, pride and prejudice, labor and management, left and right are all at play here. High drama is reserved for the "Good and Welfare" section, and some of the presentations are quite funny if you think about it. The plans for the former police station for instance, were hilarious. Insults and one-liners fly across the room but it is all in good fun. The only problem is that is it too repetitive. After a year or so you know by sight who will say what.
Tee Smyth February 08, 2013 at 01:55 AM
I got off work too late to attend. Did anyone attend?
DMAB6395 February 08, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Zizi: Walgreens was here on Cedar Lane before and it WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL...IF IT WAS IT WOULD STILL BE ON CEDAR LANE and not trying to come back to it. Having 3 pharmacies on the same corner IS NOT GOOD RETAIL SENSE. As far as the pity goes you need it more than I do if you think this is going to work I give it 6 months after it opens we will lose J & J pharmacy and Walgreens. With all the other retail businesses that can build there why are you & the township so eager to see a business that has failed before re-open where it is going to not only fail again but also take out another small business.
PM February 08, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Judy....no. We can't leave out state and national politics. Freedom of speech. But if a non democrat bashes corzine or obama that is not OK. Teaneck has gone too left wing. That is part of the problem. To quote (and modify with a local flavor) Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider, "This USED TO BE a hell of a good town."
John Santaella February 08, 2013 at 04:45 AM
@DMAB6395 We won't lose J&J. It is well established and it provides SERVICE. It's a real pharmacy not a dept store that happens to sell drugs.
John Santaella February 08, 2013 at 04:53 AM
At the moment this is a forum on Cedar Lane. Jon Corzine, Barack Obama or Christ Christie have nothing to do with Cedar Lane.
zizi February 08, 2013 at 02:18 PM
For 99% of the people.... all they need from a drug store are drugs...... I have 100% positive experiences with CVS...... They even gave me extra pills when my prescription ran out until I got mine refilled.... In business... if you can not compete you should become part of history...... simple....
John Santaella February 08, 2013 at 02:41 PM
you make my point zizi that CVS and Walgreens are not pharmacies. Most people I see going into these places are there for cosmetics, photos or birthday cards. Toys too and candy.
Judy Distler February 08, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Where was everyone at last night's meeting?? Hope this dialogue takes place when there is a Board of Adjustment hearing!
carol weinstein karlin February 08, 2013 at 06:08 PM
well, i was at last nights meeting. keep in mind that the owner of Louis' wants out. he is old and sick. keep in mind that doug and tim at the service station have the right to make their own decisions about what to do with their business. it is not our job to tell people what to do with their businesses. we have lots of empty store fronts on cedar lane. and spare me the need for visually pleasing stores. there is an incredibly unattractive 99 cent store dead center in the strip. and it seems to be successful. rather sad that that can be used as a indicator of success. yes, it would be WONDERFUL to have a divers array of interesting shops, stores, and places to eat. yes, it would be wonderful to have a theater. But no one is offering to put those kinds of businesses in right now.
John Santaella February 08, 2013 at 06:35 PM
I'm the first one to agree with you carol about not having the right to tell busineses what they can do with their property. If you think the 99 cent store is an eyesore try to imagine what three large store fronts (gas station, Louie's and the former WAMU bank) would look like with one large pharmacy/dept store would look like. That will increase the diversity on Cedar Lane? And that will bring people out to walk along Cedar Lane? Just sayin'
Teanecker February 08, 2013 at 07:53 PM
I still hope that Walgreen will not take over those empty spaces, not with CVS right on the next block and independent pharmacies within a hop-skip-jump. This just defies common sense. It will further homogenize and "borify" our business district. I won't shop there - it's not even that I dislike Walgreen; there just won't really be a need for me to use them. On the other hand, I am heartened by the knowledge that a cafe/art space named after Phoebe Snow is going to open. A new jewelry store has or is opening. There are, in fact, some interesting businesses still on Cedar Lane. But still, too many empty storefronts too. I would welcome a Panera Bread, even a Starbucks. I would love a cute new restaurant or diner, or a market of some kind. Anything but a 1.chain drug store; 2. nail/hair salon; 3. bank. And we probably also don't need any more dry cleaners either.
DMAB6395 February 09, 2013 at 08:05 AM
I've been thinking about this and if they want to bring in a "big chain" then how about a 7-11, or a Wawa(they have gas pumps there already some of the newer ones have gas pumps) with or without them. Or a Dollar Tree, the nearest one is in Lodi and a pain to get to. They are the best of the dollar stores and they do bring a lot of people in the area. Or a Pay Less, Mandee's or Anne Sez? Or a international food market like the one in Maywood. They have a deli, huge cheese selections, foods already prepared like Chicken Marsala, Cabbage Rolls etc. they can do Kosher & Non Kosher foods. they have regular food store items and they also have a fruit & vegetable section. And a wine/beer section. Oh and they have pre made pies like Shepherd's pie, Chicken pot pies etc and dessert pies. We go to the one in Maywood all the time. It would be awesome to have one one block away. They could put in a fast food place like Wendy's also if they are going to get rid of Larry's Sunoco. There are so many possibilities if they would just get over putting a CVS there. If they put in one of these places I'm sure it will bring in lots of people shopping and who knows maybe more chain stores (smaller) or even more small businesses back to Cedar Lane. Or how about a Ace hardware store?
Teanecker February 09, 2013 at 05:05 PM
I would give anything to a have a place like the one in Maywood -- it's such a wonderful place, even if some of the prices are not as competitive as I would like. An international food market with an array of delicacies and staples would be a shot in the arm for Teaneck. Why can't we get something like that here? Why not? In fact, that's precisely what we need. How cool would that be? I would spend beaucoup dollars there, I absolutely would.
ABL February 09, 2013 at 05:53 PM
I agree with the sentiment that this project is a terrible idea for teaneck, cedar lane and the current business people already there. Another pharmacy chain ? This is the worse possible idea as we have that already present all over cedar lane. the plan for development is terrible, i pray the town does not give the variances to build it. we need to fight these wealthy corporate interests who want to rape our town for their benefit and not ours, how do we get the town council to stop this ASAP ?
John Santaella February 11, 2013 at 09:38 AM
New development in the Wallgreen's plan; http://www.northjersey.com/news/190636681_Developer_airs_plan_for_Walgreens.html
George February 11, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Boycott Walgreens: They get a 46million dollar tax break to create jobs in Illinois while at the same time outsourcing 200+ high end IT/Networking jobs from Mt. Prospect, Deerfield and Lincolnshire to India Company (TCS Tata Consulting Services). Illinois should revoke the tax break and Illinois consumers should exercise some responsibility and Boycott this company into the ground where they are driving their employees!
John Santaella February 11, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Walgreen's will build on what are currently 3 store fronts. Wonderful, on the corner of Elm & Ugly.
Charelle Wilson Hanley February 13, 2013 at 01:32 AM
We need another pharmacy like a hole in the head. There was already a Walgreens where the Bravo is a few years ago. Doesn't anyone remember? It was terrible, dusty, poorly lit, old stock and it went out of business, Teaneck does NOT need another PAHRMACY! There was already a Mandee’s in the CVS complex that failed. Lots of businesses try to make a go of it in Teaneck. The Fast Food places that wanted to move in on Teaneck road and Cedar Lane got chased away. The corner there is ripe for a fast food business, but Teaneck's too good for a big fast food chain and afraid that the teenagers might congregate there and pose a problem. So great! There are McDonald's in Hackensack and Bergenfield that don't seem to pose problems PLUS they are places that teens can find employment. SO, back to Cedar Lane and the revolving failing businesses that come and go… I say that corner at the Sunoco station allows for a drive-in area so, bring in a Mc Donald's and get something that the families will be drawn to. Take a risk with the big boys and become a little opportunistic. The stores that are being mentioned above have been there before and failed. The formula is wrong. A large fast food restaurant can afford the rent; hire teenagers and older people; and bring in a cross section of teens and families and experience success and create energy and vibrancy in town that Cedar Lane needs!
Charelle Wilson Hanley February 13, 2013 at 01:36 AM
PHARMACY Please correct!
Charelle Wilson Hanley February 13, 2013 at 01:40 AM
We need another pharmacy like a hole in the head. There was already a Walgreens where the Bravo is a few years ago. Doesn't anyone remember? It was terrible, dusty, poorly lit, old stock and it went out of business, Teaneck does NOT need another PHARMACY! There was already a Mandee’s in the CVS complex that failed. Lots of businesses try to make a go of it in Teaneck. The fast food places that wanted to move in on Teaneck Road and State Street got chased away. The corner there is still empty and ripe for a fast food business, but Teaneck's too good for a big fast food chain and afraid that the teenagers might congregate there and pose a problem. So great! There are McDonald's in Hackensack and Bergenfield that don't seem to pose problems PLUS they are places that teens can find employment. SO, back to Cedar Lane and the revolving failing businesses that come and go… I say that corner at the Sunoco station allows for a drive-in area so, bring in a Mc Donald's and get something that the families will be drawn to. Take a risk with the big boys and become a little opportunistic. The stores that are being mentioned above have been there before and failed. The formula is wrong. A large fast food restaurant can afford the rent; hire teenagers and older people; bring in a cross section of teens and families and experience success and create energy and vibrancy in town that Cedar Lane needs!
ABL February 21, 2013 at 06:17 PM
i heard that the walgreens application is being heard tonight at the teaneck library AT 7pm.. We should go and get as many friends/neighbors to attend and protest to the board of adjustment against this terrible plan for cedar lane. i for one want NO VARIANCES given.

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