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.”
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