Bagel Shop Evicted, Owed Landlord $59K

The Shop, Inc. defaulted on payments and was forced out by an NJ Superior Court Officer, documents say

, the bagel and deli shop that was located in the shopping complex on Macarthur Boulevard, is no more. According to a notice posted on the eatery’s door, the owners were evicted late last month by an officer from the Superior Court of New Jersey’s Law Division.

According to court access records posted on the Superior Court’s website, Ramapo Centre Developers, LLC, the owner of the Macarthur Boulevard complex, filed suit against its tenant, called ‘The Store, Inc.,’ in May of this year for defaulting on payments.

The developer claimed the bagel shop owner owed $59,361.19 in unpaid fees, court documents said. Representatives of ‘The Store, Inc.’ did not appear in court at a May 15 hearing, documents said.

The landlord received a 'default judgment' in its favor because the bagel shop owner did not appear, documents say.

According to the notice posted on the door, Court Officer Bruce Piekarsky was ordered to “dispossess the tenant and place the landlord in full possession of the premises.”

Though the note said that the shop owners had three business days at the end of June to remove all possessions from the store, many remnants are still inside the now vacant storefront.

A representative from the Wilf Law Firm, which represented the Ramapo Centre Developers and was the listed attorney of record for this case, said he could not provide any additional information about the circumstances of the eviction.


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T-Bird 148 July 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM
that place used to do quite a business before the previous owner's sold it. It's been downhill ever since!
Hank July 12, 2012 at 02:36 PM
The place was too big for what they sold. I liked their bagels. Now I have to go to Goldbergs in Ramsey Fallen flags: Ramsey Oil Central Pet (August)
JP July 12, 2012 at 04:02 PM
While Mahwah Bagels was good several years ago they were out of the general area of traffic, they slid downhill very very fast over the last couple of years. If you want a great bagel or bagel sandwich, go visit Fred at the Bagel Express on Franklin Tpk. Best bagel in Mahwah hands down.
Nick July 12, 2012 at 04:39 PM
JP - there's a lot of people that live up near the Ramapo Centre, and the lunch crowds are large from the companies on Corporate Drive and Ridge Road. A lot of the stores do quite well up there. I agree with Hank that the place was too big to support their offerings.
christie July 12, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I work and live in the area and agree with Nick. We could use a great, clean place to get fresh meals on the go. The space is large, but with the right owners and design it could be fabulous! Looking forward to a change! :)
JP July 12, 2012 at 09:42 PM
That location is kind of funny, because the stores on the Moe's side seem to do very well, while on the other side not so good.
Randy H July 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I have a feeling it was not cost effective for the bagel shop, the rent was too high I bet. How the hell did the landlord allow the bagel shop owner to get $59,361.19 in the rears. I mean really how much could the rent of been. Well all I have to say is the landlord better lower the rent if they want to get that space filled or this is going to happen more and more. In these times people are watching every penny, more and more people are bringing their own lunch to work, way cheaper and better food. Most people that bring their own food to work are in better shape then the people rushing out to get fast food, Pay top dollar for somethng greasy that is going to kill you, that makes sense. O well as long as it is fast, that is what really matters.
maryann barto July 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Before it was Mahwah Bagels the store was great. I went in there once. It was a Sunday morning. They had no fresh bagels, only cream cheese they had was sold in bulk and they were having family issues going on. It doesn't have everything to do with location. It also has to do a lot with how you run a business to make it work!!
therentstoohigh July 13, 2012 at 01:22 AM
The rents too damn high again.
Brenda Calandrillo July 13, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Good place to get a few things, but the store was too big for what they offered. On any given morning, there would be at least a dozen Lincoln Tech guys in there, and people on their way to the Police/Fire Academy, so what was the problem? I think another good deli / bakery / prepared foods to go store would be great. How about Lotito's North? (Tony, are you reading PATCH??)
JP July 13, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Last night while eating in Sonny and Tony's, I told my wife what this area needs is a homemade ice cream place similar to Van Dyk's. I know Baskin Robbins is there inside Dunkin, but BR just doesn't even come close to Van Dyk's quality. I know for sure it would be a big hit and bring more business to that area for three seasons of the year. Maybe even keep it open year round. I'd definitely go there.
Andy Schmidt July 13, 2012 at 03:18 AM
A Muscle Maker Grill, like they just opened in Fair Lawn. The food at the Mahwah owned one in Oakland is delicious - so much that they have to deliver to businesses in Mahwah.
BC Lib July 13, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I heard a couple in Mahwah were looking to open it up as a gourmet market that had a deli, bakery, and butcher. It would be great to have a high quality deli as opposed to what Mahwah Bagels offered. The space could definitely be better utilized (and cleaned) as well.
Deborah Kourgelis July 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I lived in the townhouses in the late 90's and early 00's and it was busy there and the food was good. Always packed in there. Did it switch owners when it went downhill? It is a great size space and another food place would be great up there with all the businesses and schools nearby.
Roger Pachiderm July 13, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Muscle Maker grill is a golden idea. I think the location is perfect and it will bring a much healthier option to balance out the recent openings of Chiplote, Smash Burger and soon to be 5 Guys
Linda Courain July 13, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I work in the area and the place at lunch time was always packed with office workers and high school kids. I agree it was way too big for what it sold. If you want a great sandwich try Spring Street Gourmet Deli, 503 N Franklin Tpke, Ramsey. Fresh and delic, the people who work there are very friendly. Definitely worth the 5 minute drive.
Sandy July 13, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Would love another Lotitos! The best hands down!!
Linda Grev July 15, 2012 at 07:33 PM
used to love Van Dyk's ice cream. Brings back memories. LG
Judi Neeb July 18, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I heard Market Basket was moving in there. It is a perfect building for them and they will be the first to really fill the space. Not to mention they are so good and food always fresh. I hope it's not just a rumor?
BC Lib July 18, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Judi~ Where did you hear that rumor??
Nick July 19, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I heard the same thing this morning from someone who works at Ramapo Centre. Not sure the space is big enough for a Market Basket, though.
Nick July 19, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I should clarify that the space that I was told Market Basket would be using is the former PrimeTime daycare center, not the bagel shop.
christie July 19, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Would love to see some kind of yoga/workout studio go into the daycare spot!
Frianne July 22, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I don't think that a yoga/workout studio would last in the day care center


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