I am sitting down having lunch with my daughter when a squad car from the New Rochelle Police Department pulls up in the front of the café. I am thinking they are coming in to have some coffee. But they just sit there for 15 minutes.
Suddenly, the driver comes in the café and issues a ticket to the clerk for having chairs and table outside without a city permit.
The clerk gets the owner John Reverol on the phone to talk with the cop. Of course, I cannot hear the conversation but one thing was clear. My friend John asked for a warning, not a ticket. The officer responded: “Sorry, the chief does not allow us to give warnings.”
I am a little bit jealous of the Avalon Chrystie Place in Manhattan. They have a Whole Foods. Our Avalon on the Sound proposed to place a Whole Foods supermarket in their building too, but it did not happen.
Could an upscale, wholesome supermarket be drawn to locate in Downtown New Rochelle?
Attracting a Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or any similar supermarket to an urban area is not an easy prospect. These companies consider walking traffic, demographics and a host of other criteria. With the Avalon buildings, the Trump building, and various smaller apartments and condos there is an excellent market for a more urbane gourmet supermarket.
Trader Joe’s is an excellent prospect for downtown New Rochelle. It has plenty of products that fit into the lifestyle of the urban commuter. I especially enjoy the prepared meals for two with a diverse selection of Indian, Thai, Mexican, and Italian foods. You can’t beat pad thai for $1.99!
So I called the corporate office of Trader Joe’s in California. Why not? Let’s find out if they would be remotely interested in putting a store downtown New Rochelle.Read more
With little fanfare, the downtown CVS has opened for business this past weekend. I happened to ride past on my bike and the automatic doors opened. Those doors will welcome a tremendous number of downtown residents who have been clamoring for a place to get drug store items. Many would prefer a Target or similar retail business, but a CVS could be the beginning of more retail stores located downtown.
Initially, I wondered why CVS would open a third store within a one-mile radius. There is another CVS about three blocks away on Main Street which is open 24-hours and a third on North Avenue near Iona College. The new CVS will have hours from 7AM to 10PM. But after a conversation with Ralph DiBart, Executive Director of the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (NRDBID), I got the whole picture.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY (July 18, 2011) – Allstate Insurance agent Nelson Puello, whose office is located at 215 North Avenue in New Rochelle, has received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to volunteering in the community. With this award came a $1000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for the New Rochelle Youth Bureau, where Puello volunteers.
“Nelson is an active and respected member of the business community, protecting people with insurance and financial services products,” said Linda Collora, New York regional sales leader at Allstate Insurance Company. “He also makes a point of getting involved personally by dedicating his time and efforts to making a difference in people’s lives.
“Allstate believes that it is very important for corporations to take an active interest in the communities they serve. Allstate is proud to support the Youth Bureau through The Allstate Foundation,” concluded Collora.Read more
County’s ‘Intellectual Capital’ Campaign Captures Best of Show Award at the Big W Awards Program
WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 2011) – The Westchester County Office of Economic Development and its advertising agency -- Thompson & Bender -- were the big winners in the Advertising Club of Westchester’s 40th Annual Big W Awards program held held June 8 in Tarrytown.
The County Office of Economic Development and Thompson & Bender won seven awards plus Best of Show – the top award of the program – for Westchester County’s “Intellectual Capital” campaign. The Best of Show Award is determined by the highest average scores of all entries as given by a panel of judges.Read more
A reader sent along these photos. Not sure what this was all about.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 2011) Iona College’s Hagan School of Business and the University of Connecticut’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) will present the sixth annual summer regional symposium, “The Changing Face of Globalization.
The two-day conference will be held Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 at Iona’s LaPenta Student Union, Iona College, 715 North Ave. New Rochelle, New York. The guest speaker on Friday will be Christopher Coleman, Chief of Mediation Support Unit/Policy and Mediation Division. Department of Political Affairs, United Nations. His topic will be Globalization and Africa.
The program will continue on Saturday with a day-long series of panels and presentations on a variety of international business topics that will examine and assess the impact on the globalization of business, exploring who the winners and losers are in this unstable era, the role of technology and social media and how business leaders can be prepared to meet the challenges of this new environment.Read more