What Should Replace Louie's in Teaneck?

Walgreens could open at former diner property

Walgreens pharmacy has submitted a zoning application to open in the former Louie's diner location and two adjoining properties on Cedar Lane, officials confirmed to Patch last week. 

Details of the proposed drug store remained unclear as the zoning application has not been competed, but the pharmacy would be the third in the immediate area. Walgreens is eyeing a gas station next to Louie's and another vacant property next-door for the store, officials say. 

Louie's announced it would close days after the Cedar Lane Cinemas shut down, leaving many merchants wondering how the closures would impact other struggling businesses. 

What would you like to see replace Louie's? Is Walgreens the right fit? Why or why not? Share your development ideas for the space in the comments below.

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Steven December 16, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Walgreen's had a building with a large parking lot two blocks from this site and they could not make it work. What makes them think that it will be better next to CVS and J&J pharmacy? The most likely thing to happen is that They will put a lot of cash into it and then go out of business in a few years. Then Starbucks might like the location since it will have a drive thru window. NOTHING beneficial will come out of having Walgreen's on the block. If you want a place to hang out, then try Bischoff's. They have herb tea, coffee, hot chocolate and of course the best ice cream. We should support them before they go out next.
Joyce Jacobs December 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Almost anything but Walgreens! We have three CVS's, Alvins, J and J's, and another Walgreens on the north side of town. Maybe someone could buy Louie's and keep it as a diner.
zizi December 17, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Teaneck is business unfriendly...... the old gaurd is back on duty with full force........ people.... let business do what they do best....... you sit back and relax....... let them put their money where they think they can make some money..... Do you guys think you know better than some one who is investing a huge amount of their money to bring some much needed facelift to Cedar Lane.... (no tax money is used).... Time for cooler minds to prevail...... time to make progress..... let the market place turn around the disaster we know Cedar Lane is.......
Risa Tannenbaum December 17, 2012 at 09:22 AM
Everyone I have spoken to wants Starbucks. We used to have Marty's Shoes where Veggie Heaven is and that was different and worthwhile. Risa Tannebaum
Doris Thurber December 17, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I totally agree with Steven!
Doris Thurber December 17, 2012 at 02:41 PM
and of course, I agree with Joyce!
jackie miller December 17, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Its tooooooooo rediculois to even think that a Pharmacy (any brand) there would do Cedar Lane any good.!!!!!!!!! no parking no need no no no... Town of Teaneck just say no to DRUGS ............STORES.....!!!!!!!!!!!
LIZ SANTOS December 17, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I just sent a request to Starbucks. They indicated that they will investigate the location in question. No idea if anything will come of it, but I think a Starbucks would be a GREAT addition to our downtown. :)
Diane Schwarz December 17, 2012 at 05:01 PM
We already have a Walgreen's in town! And a new huge drug store WILL kill the smaller ones that've been here for years! What's the point of that? And as for Starbucks, isn't that going to kill Bischoffs and The Teaneck "Country(?)" Store? Blast was too near Bischoffs & not as well known. Bring that in and kill 2 other stores. Is that good planning?
Dave Brown December 17, 2012 at 05:36 PM
How about a Chipoltes? And they are Kosher too.
Dee Are December 17, 2012 at 06:16 PM
any store cannot exist in the vacuum populated by good ideas and well wishes. Many stores of all sorts have opened and closed. It isn't the fault of "Teaneck". Rent is what it is, taxes are what they are. But for any business to stick, it has to make money. When we look at businesses closing shouldn't we look at how we choose to spend our money? The marketplace allows places which draw in cash to exist. A quirky toy store was wonderful, but not enough people bought quirky toys. Framing stores? Phone stores? The problem is not in our stars but in ourselves. Let's stop blaming and coming up with ideas based on what we would go to once and which would be nice because we think others would go more often. What kinds of places have repeat customers at all hours, 7 days a week. What places have a business model which allows them to succeed? Why do we expect anything else besides that kind of store to open? So do we need business incentives (subsidized, eventually, by taxpayers)? Do we need expanded parking (paid for via taxes)? Maybe we just need to stop going to the mall or to the restaurants in other towns and show some local love. Otherwise, if we don't go, why would we expect anyone else to?
zizi December 17, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Why people insist on making a wish list?..... why not let the free market decide....... what stays and what goes.....
henry frisch December 17, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Starbucks of course. Or at least Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.
David Schwartz December 17, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Do not give false information. Chipoltes restaurants are NOT kosher. Maybe someday they will be but are not so now. David Schwartz
Laura DeAngelo December 17, 2012 at 09:41 PM
NO no no to another drug store...Wishful thinking, but Panera Bread would be wonderful addition....anything but nail, hair, drug store , etc.
JamesTS December 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Panera Bread would be nice or Starbucks. A nice place to sit relax, eat and grab coffee. Oh and saying this stuff about "Jewish" stores is really misinformed and silly. Not every Jewish person is the same and shops at the same place. In fact MOST of Teaneck's business areas are run down. This problem is impacting people of all faiths and races. Why is everything in Teaneck about race/religion all the time?
DMAB6395 December 18, 2012 at 01:35 AM
We had a Walgreen's where Brava was and they closed...don't they remember that!!! I will not go there I will stick to my J & J pharmacy!
Steven December 18, 2012 at 01:52 PM
"local love". This is a great term!! It is what is needed. The malls and the internet are what is killing downtown areas. Everyone go out and support your local stores!!!
Steven December 18, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Bischoff's would welcome a Starbuck's. They are not in competition for the same market and might draw some other interesting stores to the deprived area!
Craig Weisz December 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Rather than Starbuck's, I would recommend the California-based chain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Just like Starbucks - but every one is kosher. A better fit for Teaneck.
sharon December 19, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Mr. Weissz - everyone is not Kosher or am I missing something in your statement ?
sharon December 19, 2012 at 03:55 AM
If stores keep closing on Cedar Lane it will be somewhat like a Ghost Town. This is becoming so sad as our economy is struggling and no revenues is coming in. Why can the Town Board Council come up with better ideals to bring in money. I am not sure who is on the board and whom is making these ideals , but from what I have seen they are really doing a bad job. It appears we need new suggestions and ideals to get Cedar Lane up and running. Invest in Technology make a presentation that will attract other patrons to come to Cedar Lane. Please don't let our beloved Cedar Lane sink !!!! We all need t help with new Ideals.
Clark December 19, 2012 at 04:58 AM
the kosher community can't even support the kosher stores. what is needed is something that has broad appeal and can be open every day.
Barbara Ley Toffler December 19, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Starbucks was interested in the Millers drugstore site, but landlord could get higher rent from then- Wachovia Bank!! The Lazy Bean in the Plaza is fabulous... And a Cedar Lane branch would help in reviving the Lane, but I gather the owner who also owns Glatt Express, feels it would not be easy to do. It would be a super addition to CL
Doris Thurber December 19, 2012 at 04:26 PM
...bringing nothing new to this forum... agreeing with Diane this time.
Craig Weisz December 19, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Sharon, I certainly understand that Teaneck has a wonderfully diverse population. The fact that Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf happens to be a kosher establishment is simply a net plus for the town as that segment that does keep kosher could buy there. Another pharmacy we don't need; a great coffee house that could attract business from the entire community would have a better chance at success. I hope that clarifies my statement.
Tee Smyth December 19, 2012 at 10:16 PM
PM December 28, 2012 at 02:50 PM
How about expanding the Elie Katz museum
shimon baum December 28, 2012 at 03:35 PM
That is what you had and it didn't work. A coffee place like Coffee Bean and Teal Leaf could be open every day and still be Kosher.
gonflo January 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM


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