STORM Overall shopping mood can change with the weather sales numbers.
New Jersey Retail Merchants Association
➤➤ Continued from page 5 President John Holub said retailers generally
suffer when storms occur, but it is difficult to Deadline approaches for
largely couldn’t recover.
Tom Budd, who operates the Barnsboro
sos, owner of Nick’s & Messaria Catering, of
Delran, and the 45th Street Pub, which has
quantify exactly how much of sales fluctua-
tions are attributable to the weather.
assessing property values
Inn, in Mantua, said the weather’s effect has locations in Pennsauken and Edgewater Park. Holub said the December storm didn’t the OnGOinG decline in commercial
been terrible, essentially stopping all business Manousos said the timing of the storms hurt most retailers, since residents just shopped property values has an upside in the
the Saturday before Christmas, as well as dur- was particularly bad, with most of the worst after the storm ended. ability to file an assessment appeal,
ing two major storms in February. snow coming either on weekends or just before “It probably had an impact, but right said lawyers at last week’s real estate
“You get a big plow bill and nobody weekends. While the storm of Feb. 26 occurred before a holiday, people still needed to com- seminar, hosted by hackensack law
comes anyway,” Budd said, adding that he on a Friday, maybe people stayed home the plete their shopping,” he said. firm Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman &
closed his restaurant early during all three of night before. Even when there aren’t any major storms, Leonard P.A.
the largest storms. “It would not have been so bad if it hadn’t the unseasonably cold weather can affect some But an April 1 appeal deadline
Unlike retailers, whose customers stay been publicized the way it was,” Manousos said. retailers, such as clothing merchants. means property owners have to act soon.
away during storms, but return in larger num- The overall effect of the February storms “People aren’t in the mood to buy spring Valuations are down even in former-
bers once the weather clears, restaurants never on New Jersey retailers will become clearer clothes,” Holub said. u ly strong markets, like the interchange
make up the lost business, said Nick Manou- this week, when retailers report their monthly E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 8A market off the new Jersey turnpike,
“where some rents have dipped below
$4 per square foot,” said Matthew
Restaurants shaken from winter’s chill weather has had a negative impact on business and sales tax
revenues,” she said. False alarms of snow also can deter the public
Krauser, a presenter from Integra Realty
Resources Inc., a new York-based valua-
As winter tries to chill the state into submission, fewer patrons from visiting restaurants, she said. tion consulting firm. – Martin C. Daks
venture out, leaving restaurants too strapped to pay their tabs. A recent study of her organization showed 94 percent of sur-
Deborah Dowdell, president of the new
Jersey restaurant Association, said members
veyed members anticipate sending fewer sales taxes to the state
because of lost business directly caused by the season's storms.
Recycling company wants
must battle the effects of the weather in ad- restaurateurs also face snow removal costs and other old shoes, jeans, sneakers
dition to the already challenging economy. expenses to get back in business in the wake of the storms, and
storms during the December holiday season