ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) is working with the City of Elizabeth to allow businesses to host daily sidewalk sales in an effort to help generate business while creating safer conditions and better social distancing measures.

“As part of our efforts at the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) to help with the post lockdown experience of COVID-19, we have worked out a plan with the City of Elizabeth to allow businesses to hold 'Daily Sidewalk Sales' on Elizabeth Avenue,” said Dave Strochak, EAP Executive Director. “In the past, we would obtain district-wide permits four times per year as well as our most recent “Second Saturday” initiative where businesses were allowed to conduct sidewalk sales on the second Saturday of every month, which was a real boon for our downtown business community.”

According to Strochak, all retail establishments can place and sell merchandise on the sidewalks in front of their stores. Businesses can place merchandise on the curbside and against their stores and must leave sufficient space in the middle for people to walk through safely leaving enough room for easy pedestrian passage.

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“This is a great opportunity to showcase merchandise from outside of the store while ensuring a safer experience with better social distancing availability,” he said.  "Please keep it neat and orderly and do not clutter or block the sidewalks. If you have any questions please call the EAP office at 908-965-0660.”

“With re-openings beginning to occur on a limited capacity, Elizabeth Avenue Partnership in conjunction with the City of Elizabeth, are thinking outside the box,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “The district, already known for its annual sidewalk sales, will allow stores to set up an outdoor space for its shoppers, that will not only allow them to practice social distancing better, but will provide a safer, shopping experience for all. I would like to thank all of the merchants who are participating and following protocols for their cooperation during this unprecedented time.” 

Last year, the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership, was chosen to receive a Downtown Excellence Award by Downtown New Jersey (DNJ) for its “Student Art and Mural Project” spotlighting the magnificent collaboration with local art students to decorate, beautify and bring to life the seasons on Elizabeth Avenue.

The EAP is a non-profit organization, designated by the City of Elizabeth to manage the Elizabeth Avenue Special Improvement District (SID).  Since 1999, the EAP’s mission has been to revitalize and enhance all aspects of the shopping district.  By focusing on the following areas; aesthetics, safety and security, parking and quality business development, the Elizabeth Avenue Shopping district continues to become a more attractive and safer place for fun shopping, fine dining and first-rate merchandise.