Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hackensack cries out for a second Starbucks

The 10-year-old Starbucks on Essex Street in Hackensack has received a makeover, providing more seating and a less-cluttered feel. Two overstuffed chairs were replaced with a counter and four stools, above right.

New tables and chairs, plus photos and track lighting, are among the changes in Hackensack. The Starbucks is near Hackensack University Medical Center.

The Starbucks on Palisade Avenue in Englewood is bigger than the lone Hackensack outlet, even though Englewood is a smaller city. Art was added recently to one corner of the store.

Given all the litigious lawyers in Hackensack and how they draw out their arguments to pump up legal bills, you'd think one of them would have long ago made a motion to get Starbucks to open a second store in the county seat.

Starbucks already has served the medical profession for 10 years at its store across town, near Hackensack University Medical Center. 

The store was just renovated, getting new tables and chairs, track lighting and photos.

Mesh shades also were installed to prevent occupants of one table at the front of the store from roasting in the setting sun. 

Main event 

Hackensack, at 4 square miles, certainly could use another Starbucks to perk up its sleepy Main Street shopping district, which is near the Bergen County Courthouse and law offices.

Starbucks could find a second home in one of two empty storefronts -- the former John's Coffee Shop on Sussex Street and the shuttered Limon Marketplace on Main Street.

The building where John's Coffee Shop served many lawyers and judges is owned by the Breslin and Breslin law firm at Main and Sussex streets.

Judges, lawyers, jurors and administrative staffers at the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack are potential Starbucks customers.

Starbucks, 360 Essex St.,  Hackensack; 201-457-3323. 

Web site: Perk up Main Street


  1. Point of information: the mesh shades aren't new. They're a remnant of the original design.

  2. True, the store had mesh shades, but none for the table in the front corner window, where I got a tan one day, then called Starbucks headquarters to suggest the addition of shades at that spot.

  3. Oh, the one under the big logo, you mean. I misinterpreted, and stand corrected.

  4. Have you tried Java Brewin' next to the Hackensack library? I love their coffee, sandwiches and baked goods.

  5. I have, but Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts and others have parking lots, while Main Street is a tough place to park and has meters.


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