We counted over 40 empty retail stores on beautiful Brigantine Beach this summer. That number will grow even larger this fall. If Brigantine can attract those who love our beaches, why can’t we pull in business investors, start-ups and entrepreneurs?
The Pirates Den continues to operate while the owners keep an eye out for anyone looking to take over their cash-flow positive eatery. The Pirates Dens has been on the market for well over a year now. Cool Cones plans to shut down this fall after a valiant effort to grow their gourmet ice cream business at the semi-hidden Brigantine Town Center, home of ACME & TD Bank.
And after 40 years, the Root Beer Barrel is up for sale. The popular surf shop shocked all by placing a for sale sign in front of their kayak festooned storefront recently. Will somebody step up to take over this landmark business? Some have asked if the Root Beer Barrel was disadvantaged by not having city support like another surf shop on the island.
The old CVS at 9th & Brigantine Ave, (at one time a bowling alley) will soon be closing its doors. A small handful of other business operators have quietly placed their properties on the market.
All of this retail ruin begs the question: Why does Brigantine get high marks from those who enjoy our family-friendly beaches, but outside business operators and entrepreneurs’ won’t touch Brigantine with a 10 foot pole?
What keep new business development away from Brigantine? What do you think? Post your comments below.