Central Avenue Storefront Vacant After Business Moves

Original location of physical therapy practice is up for rent.

recently moved from one part of Cedarhurst to another, leaving the original storefront on Central Avenue vacant when it relocated to Chestnut Street after the lease was up, according to business owner Dr. Norman Kupferstein.

“It’s great as a professional space, medical office, retail store or a gym,” said Annette Samant, the listing agent with Prudential Real Estate. “It’s fairly big, so it can be anything, except a food establishment, because from what I understand, they aren’t giving permits for that anymore.”

The 2,000 square-foot store, which includes a basement, has been vacant since mid-April. The owner is looking for about $5,500 a month for rent, but the price is negotiable. There have been some recent inquiries about the store, located at 690 Central Ave., but there are no firm deals at this time.

Kupferstein did not elaborate on the reasons he relocated his physical therapy business. He simply stated, “It was a better location."

Samant said it’s very likely that the move from Cedarhurst’s main drag to a side street is a sure sign that the store owner found cheaper rent at the new location.

Maureen Carroll, a resident of the Five Towns for 53 years, said that the building could probably use a facelift.

“The outside of the store doesn’t really look that nice,” she said. “So, it makes you question, what it’s like on the inside? Appearance is everything.”

Carroll said that she hopes the new tenant will provide a more inclusive business than many others in the village.

“Too many stores in Cedarhurst are catering to a certain group,” Carroll said. “If a store owner is nice, it's not right they should be threatened because they want to open on Saturdays."

However, Samant says that Cedarhurst is a great place to open a business and that this particular vacancy has a lot going for it.

“It has good parking, with a big municipal lot in the back,” she said. “There’s a back door, which can give customers easy access if they use the lot. It’s in a prime location on the busy main street of Cedarhurst, which is good for business.”

What would you like to see fill this vacancy? Tell us in the comments section below.

5TownsGirl June 19, 2012 at 01:34 PM
That would be a perfect spot for Sephora!
GravelAgent June 19, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Amazing how Maureen Caroll somehow manages to turn an article about local real estate vacancies into an unwarranted, untrue, and frankly unoriginal smear about her Orthodox Jewish neighbors. Shame on her for spreading such a hateful canard.
5TownsGirl June 19, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Its not a smear its truthful. Why should a store that doesn't have to be shomer shabbos such a a restaurant be boycotted if they are open on Saturday? You tell me what does that say to people that are not in that circle about the orthodox Jewish community ? and shame on YOU to turn her comment into a antisemitic thing when it is just truthful reporting
5TResident June 19, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I truly hope that the space is used for SOMETHING OTHER THAN another kosher restaurant.
5TResident June 19, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I think her referring to the Orthodox community as "a certain group" is what offended the prior poster. If Ms. Carroll doesn't like the Orthodox community, let her say so outright. Ms. Carroll should also be aware that all neighborhoods change eventually. 53 years in one area is a pretty good run but maybe its time for her to sell and move away. My parents once lived in the Bronx and said how beautiful it once was. Then the area changed and they had to leave. It happens.
GravelAgent June 19, 2012 at 05:09 PM
What's truthful about the smear? I don't ever recall any store being boycotted for being open on Shabbos. Do you? If so, please validate the claim to enlighten your readers. Restaurants with kosher certification, as a qualifying condition to be awarded certification, are invariably required to be closed on Saturday. What does that say about the Orthodox community to people who are not Orthodox? How should I know. But I venture to guess that it depends: those people who feel validated by invalidating the Orthodox community are bound to be offended. The rest will think 'This restaurant is closed on Saturday, so let's go to a restaurant that's open." Why do you bring up anti-semitism? I don't think people who make untrue, hateful statements are anti-semites. It just they're nasty.
5TownsGirl June 19, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Im not talking about a person/store that chooses to be closed on Saturday. Im talking about a store that would like to be open on Saturday but can not or they lose business the rest of the week. I used the word antisemitic since it was obvious that you were implying that, should I be afraid to use that word when its obvious thats what you were saying? I am from the 5 Towns all my life, Jewish and from an orthodox background. We all know what goes on and its disgusting - why cant people just allow other people to be - why anyone cares if a store is open on Saturday is beyond me unless they want to turn this into Mea Shearim
GravelAgent June 19, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Once again, you are claiming that Orthodox people in the Five Towns boycott stores that are open on Saturday BECAUSE they are open on Saturday. The claim is patently false, not to mention insulting and inflamatory. Please feel free to use the phrase "anti-semitic" to your heart's content; or not, if for whatever reason you are afraid to do so. You're also free to perceive something as being obvious. But that doesn't mean it's true. Whether you're Jewish or not-Jewish, from the Five Towns or not from the Five Towns, and from an Orthodox background or not, is irrelevent to the fact that whatever disgusting thing you "know goes on," is in your head. Citing Mea Shearim is an obvious attempt to muddle the issue by introducing a logical extreme, which is a disingenuous rhetorical tactic, and should have no place in an exchange in which you're trying to prove a point. As for your point, I can say with much authority that if there is any store in the Five Towns that people would have a reason or desire to patronize, NO ONE cares if the store is or is not open on Saturday -- with exception to a food establishment, in which their being open on Saturday would present an issue pertaining to Kashrut. Insisting otherwise is your perogative, but a lie.
5TownsGirl June 19, 2012 at 08:31 PM
You can insist all you want but it is the case and unless you know EVERYTHING you cant say with 100% certainty So why dont you just have a debate about something you may actually know something about Sorry all your rambling isnt going to change the facts
ftptch June 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM
yes pls
ftptch June 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM
gravel is just being pedantic
ftptch June 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM
gravel if u take a second to look, it is really obvious what cedarhurst has become... with stores like wok tov (the only way this store could become more racist towards asian culture is if they had a small chinese man with squinty eyes and a straw hat taking your order....), cho-sen island (how clever... cho-sen..chosen...), siman-tov jewelry, gourmet glatt, etc.etc. the non-orthodox are the extreme minority in cedarhurst and trying to say that a non-orthodox store owner would have just as easy of a time running a business as an orthodox store owner is pretty naive.
5TownsGirl June 20, 2012 at 01:35 PM
ftptch I have to disagree regarding the names of the stores, they are cleaver names combining what they are a Jewish word. In addition many store owners are from the community, of course people will consider shopping there before shopping somewhere else. Wouldn't you shop at a friends store or a friend of a friend vs a stranger. Don't get me wrong people aren't blindly shopping at a store cause they know them. Believe you me if another store opens and gives better service & or prices they are going there. The only issue we have here is that stores that want to open on Saturdays get the message direct or indirect that they will be boycotted. Yet I'd like to know how Jildor stays open and still gets the business.....


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