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Good (Business) Times in Morristown: Will They Last?

Several stores have recently called it quits. Will others soon follow?

Pass by , and you'll find this longtime Morristown watering hole is no longer serving drinks.

A couple months ago, Howard Lewis, the final owner of the Moore Hardware landmark on Morris Street, .

, a bridal boutique on South Street,

And just recently, a listing appeared on Multiple Listing Service for , also on South Street, asking $150,000 for the business.

Morristown has been luckier than some downtowns in these uncertain economic times. Yet, one has to wonder if (or when) the pendulum is going to swing the other way. Has it already begun?

Which brings us to our "Question of the Day:" Will the good (business) times last in Morristown? Or, are all those banks, sushi joints, coffee shops, pizza restaurants and going to begin to feel the pinch? Chime in below.

Carole August 04, 2011 at 06:45 PM
The overhead costs in Morristown are so high it is extremely difficult for a regular business (other than the restaurant/bars) to survive. I have seen so many businesses come and go since living here (1977). when a new business does open up I actually DO wonder if it will survive and if not, how long it be take before it closes. High overhead costs must be passed on to the consumer so a $8-10 lunch sandwich will not "fly" for very long....the bars have their liquor licenses and that is where they make their consistent monies. Other places don't fair as well. It's a shame as Morristown is such a wonderful little town.
Steve B August 04, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Too many businesses without enough differentiation means more will fall by the wayside
Prentiss Gray August 05, 2011 at 12:41 PM
We've entered a time of great uncertainty, so more businesses will fall. We had a little renaissance going there for a while though. Tea party insistence on draconian measures frightened the world markets and we may well go for a second dip in this recession. However, we will recover eventually and perhaps some of these intrepid restauranteurs will try again.
George August 05, 2011 at 05:01 PM
I always see articles about restaurants and bars (the night life) but nothing about any retail stores. It seems like the reporters are taking the easy road; writing about something what many people already know a lot about. It's no wonder Morristown is known as a restaurant and bar destination. There are so many unique stores & businesses in town and never a word about them unless it's negative. I'd like to see a spotlight or two weekly on retail and other businesses, services in this community before it’s too late guys.

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