BAYONNE, NJ - Even before the ribbon cutting that officially opened the Bayonne Starbucks Monday people pulled up at the front door to ask, “Is it open yet?” And the always helpful Mayor Jimmy Davis grinned from under his face mask and said, “Sure it is. Even the drive thru.”
During the ground-breaking of a nearby ScenicVue residential development last year, Davis said “for years people have asked me if there is going to be a Starbucks in Bayonne. Now I can tell them yes, there is going to be a Starbucks.”
Sipping his coffee, Davis greeted many of the other dignitaries that had come out to witness the milestone event.
The Starbucks is part of a retail complex called Harbor View Marketplace and will soon count a Lidl supermarket, LA Fitness, CVS Pharmacy, and Posh Nails and Beauty Lounge as among its neighbors.
Bringing a Starbucks to Bayonne was a campaign promise when Davis ran for the first time, and “now we have one,” he said, gripping his steaming coffee just before he took up the scissors to cut the ribbon.
“I’m really glad this has come true,” Third Ward Councilman Gary LaPelusa said, adding it is something he’s wanted to see since 2006. “It shows the progress Bayonne is making.”
For Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski the opening of the iconic coffee chain, as well as the still-to-be-constructed LA Fitness which she said will be the draw for the twenty-somethings, are about much more than java and workout equipment.
“This shows that Bayonne is still moving ahead even with the pandemic, and that people still want to live and develop here,” she said.
With more than 2700 expected to be created by a new shipping warehouse being constructed nearby, and more jobs still with the Amazon facility opening on the other side of town, as well as the potential for the development of a movie studio on the former Texaco property, Councilman Juan Perez, a self-professed fan of Starbucks, celebrated the latest ribbon cutting as showing a resurgence by Bayonne as a place of employment.
Situated along Route 440 at the edge of the former Military Ocean Terminal the new businesses are expected to attract customers from “old” Bayonne as well as the evolving communities being newly developed. “And we don’t mind getting people to come over here from Staten Island,” Ashe-Nadrowski joked.
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