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Pharmacy Could Replace Louie’s in Teaneck

Application filed for three Cedar Lane properties

A major drug store chain could open at the recently closed Louie’s Charcoal Pit on Cedar Lane and two other adjoining properties, according to town officials. 

Councilman Yitz Stern told Patch an unnamed pharmacy chain had filed an application with the town’s zoning board to build a store at the Louie’s site, an adjacent storefront and the nextdoor gas station at Cedar Lane and Elm Avenue. 

A zoning board hearing on the matter would likely not be scheduled until March or February, Stern said. 

"It's unfortunate that Louie’s left," he said. "These are challenging times on Cedar Lane." 

Two officials confirmed a Walgreens was proposed at the Cedar Lane property, but the zoning application was not yet completed. A Walgreens spokesman said the company would not comment unless a lease had been signed. 

CVS and Rite Aid representatives said they had no new stores to announce in town. 

Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin said he was aware of an application, but details were unclear. Louie’s owner Dino Stamatelatos could not be immediately reached for comment. 

If built, the pharmacy would become the third in the immediate area. A CVS store is located on the next block and Louie’s is across from J&J Pharmacy. Cedar Lane is also home to another CVS east of Queen Anne Road.

. In a 2010 interview, Stamatelatos said he looked to sell the landmark diner and might open another restaurant elsewhere in New Jersey.

The diner’s closing came shortly after the historic Cedar Lane Cinemas shut down and has left merchants worried about the future of Teaneck’s large shopping district.

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Updated 3:30 p.m. Thursday 


MTC December 15, 2012 at 08:32 PM
To attract business you need customers. I look at the Town Houses going up on the Hackensack side of the river and recall the town turning down a request for a similar development on the Teaneck side of the river 10+ years ago. MTC
Art Vatsky December 15, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I too question the policy of providing a car/travel expenses for the Manager. It is his choice where he lives and he is already the highest paid municipal employee. If he prefers a 135 mile daily commute, it is (truly) his business. However, the Council decided it should be our business. (Note: it costs about $1,000 a month.) I do appreciate the Manager's service to Teaneck but the Township shouldn't subsidize long distance commuting for anybody. Also, is there any link between the Manager's long commute and our shortened Town Hall work year of only 185 days when other towns have 235 days of service? That would be a good one for the Council to answer.
Tee Smyth December 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM
@ Zizi: This could have changed, but I recall attending a council meeting some time ago and there was a big brouhaha regarding this very issue. He was driving a township vehicle that came from existing fleet. His rationale was that township managers in similiar cities (Englewood, Hackensack) all had "company cars." It came up then that he lived in Jackson, NJ. His argument was that as township manger, he was always on call; and thus, needed a reliable means of transportation in order to get to Teaneck should there ever have been an emergency, etc. He pointed out that there had been some recent emergency in Teaneck where he needed to travel into town quickly. If I recall correctly, Barbara Tofler was vociferously opposed to the issuance of the "company" car. Your council members approved the issuance.
Jacob December 15, 2012 at 11:34 PM
@Art, You might want to check if the manager is actually the highest paid employee. I think not. Maybe he should be.
Tee Smyth December 16, 2012 at 03:15 AM
@Zizi: I can't even comment about window shopping on Cedar Lane, as I rarely frequent the place. But, I do not believe that Walgreen's is the answer. In the short term, yes. However, is Walgreen's going to generate more interest in Cedar Lane? Doubt it.
zizi December 16, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Shame on Teaneck council. Teaneck council is directly responsible for the turmoil that we call Teaneck..... Why in the hell they agree to provide tax money for the manager's commute? I say he should move nearby or better in the town he is managing... or pay for his own commute..... If coming to town quickly is important he should live at a walking distance.... the solution is not to provide tax money for his commute? I want to know how much it costs us a month? How is a tax payer's provided car is better than his own car? with his salary he can definitely buy and maintain a dependable car..... I want the council to explain to the tax payers how a tax payer sponsored car is more dependable and faster than the one owned by Mr. manager? This is a shame..... The council should immediately take away this privilege. Why was it not put to vote? What else is our tax money paying for? I wonder?
Jacob December 16, 2012 at 07:46 PM
If anyone knows the answers to these questions, please post them. I would also be interested in knowing which Councilmembers voted for and against the Manager's package.
NativeNewYorker December 16, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Another pharmacy....sigh!
Mac December 17, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Any restaurant wishing to serve alcohol outside would have to pay for an additional permit to the township of over $3,000. It's hardly worth it
LaVerne December 17, 2012 at 01:48 PM
You are so right Teanecker. We need to look at a variety of businesses for a multicultutal town. Don't forget Teaneck road!
Bon December 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Have any of you patronized the Teaneck Marketplace, a great coffee shop and gift store-or the new accessories place next to it, or the new stationary store? These businesses are trying, people, let's help them give them a boost. Stay out of the mall and buy some gifts locally.
Rick December 22, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Teaneck is known for CVS, Oradell has banks and Wallington is known for bars. At least River Edge has Total Wine AND a forthcoming Walgreens, banks, bagels and nail salons. State Law mandates that a nail salon must be within 200 feet of a bagel store or Chinese restaurant!
John Santaella December 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM
What an education one can receive by reading these posts. Thank you Rick.
PM February 04, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Carrying over from another thread, maybe we should just make Louie's a parking lot for all the free vehicles we are giving to town employees.
John Santaella February 04, 2013 at 09:41 PM
That would be a way to solve several problems. 1. It would provide a shuttle service in town; we don't expect these people to walk to the municipal building from there, do you? and 2. We'd get a bus shelter there.
DMAB6395 March 03, 2013 at 12:06 AM
So Alan just because you are too lazy to walk across the street to get to either J & J pharmacy or CVS that's a good reason to have a Walgreens on that side of the street next to the other two. Man You are really lazy.'
DMAB6395 March 03, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Art you have some good ideas but as to make it a open air food court is crazy. There are not enough parking spots on Cedar Lane now. They took away spots when they did the remodeling on the street. I do think we need a good Farmer's Market all year round, inside of course. Then the vendors that use the parking lot on Thursdays can still use the space either indoors or stay outdoors when weather permits. I hate going into the one that's in Hackensack. Their prices got to high and some of the people there either don't speak English or just don't know what you are talking about.
Lisa Dee March 19, 2013 at 05:47 AM
I hear a non-profit is very interested in movie theater. They too voiced concerns about parking in that part of Cedar Lane. Of Course a non-profit meets cultural needs but pays no taxes.
Lisa Dee March 19, 2013 at 05:54 AM
Only one problem no one else is coming in. We have lost more busineses than any other town. Most towns have turnover but have others looking to come in. We in Teaneck seem to expert in chasing out business. These old time businesses like Ludwigs and Louies were not able to sell their business and rent their buildings.
Lisa Dee March 19, 2013 at 05:57 AM
We are soon going to be paying the taxes walgreens and others would be paying. We in Teaneck are not supporting commercial growth. We need tax revenue. They will tax us out of our homes.
John Santaella March 19, 2013 at 06:11 AM
@Lisa Dee: No, we will not be paying the taxes on those properties. The owners of those properties pay the tax.
Lisa Dee March 19, 2013 at 04:23 PM
John where do you live, religous based do not pay taxes if they buy theater.
John Santaella March 19, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Lisa, you made a very broad comment about Teaneckers paying taxes for these properties. If you were talking about the theater you did not specify It was a religious based group. The owners of the Louie's property are still paying taxes as are the owners of the old Davis store.
Lisa Dee March 19, 2013 at 10:16 PM
John, A group called Chabad approached all the property owners they want the corner if Walgreens deal does not happen for a school,and the theater for holiday services. I guess our town will be Monsey South. Does anybody understand why we keep losing businesses,other towns have turnover but new businesses come in.
John Santaella March 19, 2013 at 10:40 PM
I have not seen this anywhere. Art Varsky who is probably the most informed person about Teaneck affairs on this board has not mentioned that. Zizi would be communicating from the cardiac unit at Holy Name Hospital as he would have had a heart attack had he heard that. So, please, share with the rest of the group here where you got your information. If this information is true I would agree with you about the loss of revenue to the town.
Lisa Dee March 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM
John, Of course they do not know, Why would Louies representative tell anyone at this point. Only the property owners have the offers, they picked to go with Walgreens first because its retail and would benefit Cedar Lane. I was waiting in B. Dinelli i heard the man on his cell speaking to Louies family not to worry Walgreens is a great fit and only if town votes it down, we still have a very substantial offer from Chabad. I heard him say its a 4 story 9,000 sq ft school. I don't know who it was but he did ask the salon do you want a Walgreens or a Judaica Plaza? They all laughed, and said what do you think? This was at least 6 weeks ago.
John Santaella March 20, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Thanks for sharing.
c March 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM
You all are talking to yourselves...no one cares about your needs or concerns. Walgreens will be there if they want to be. If anyone really cared about the small business owners you all would RALLY instead of belly-ache and bullsh*t online! c'mon!
John Santaella March 22, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Hate to admit it but you're probably correct. :(
Lisa Dee March 22, 2013 at 05:39 AM
We will have a much nicer corner now,surely better than a neglected gas station and run down Louies building. My concern now is the rest of street is going to show how neglected it really is when a new beautiful corner emerges. What programs are in place to help those landlords because the tenants are not commited. Most business owners are for the most part trying to figure when to leave and what town to re-open in. They are taking the lead from Dino from Louies Charcoal who is working on a new restaurant surely not in Teaneck. I spoke to owner of Shellys and Noahs Ark he is month to month thats scarey with so many businesses getting ready to flee town. The only two i could pin down that had a lease and was staying, Veggie Heaven and dollar store. When is the council going to add a parking garage like englewood.

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