Law & Justice

Westfield Asks Coldwater Creek to Make ‘Store Closing’ Signs Subtler

Coldwater Creek's big banner displayed on the outside of the store violates the town's laws. Credits: Jackie Lieberman

WESTFIELD, NJ — After the town received multiple complaints about Coldwater Creek’s too-big-to-miss “Store Closing” banner outside and workers walking around with signs in front of the downtown store, Town Attorney Russell Finestein of Finestein & Malloy LLC, Attorneys at Law, sent a letter to the bankrupt company last week. In it, he explains that Westfield’s ordinances make “going out of business” signs subject to time and size limitations and require stores to display them on the interiors of windows.

“It is The Town of Westfield’s position that the signs presently being utilized are in violation of this section of the Ordinance,” the letter states.

Bankruptcy law may supersede the town’s laws, which means that Westfield might be stuck putting up with the current signage, Finestein explained to the town council at its conference meeting Tuesday night. He said he hopes the town and the company can come to an agreeable arrangement, as the signs could be up for all of June and July.

In his letter, Finestein wrote, “I request that you contact me in an attempt to amicably resolve this dispute.”

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