Village occupancy rate at 7-year high
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“Other villages wish they had that problem,” Parise said.
“Cedarhurst is a vibrant and busy shopping village, and so it only makes sense that the vacancy rates would be low,” said Teri Schure, executive director of the BID. “Just drive around other shopping villages on the South or North Shore and you will not see the kind of consistent traffic and patronage that Cedarhurst enjoys.”
The village also has the advantage of long-established businesses that attract repeat as well as new customers. Michael Nacht, who owns Dee Jay Carpet on Pearsall Avenue, said his parents first opened the store in 1945 on Prospect Avenue. “I grew up here, my kids grew up here and my parents were born in Rockaway — we’ve been here for generations,” Nacht said. “We’ve been around so long, and I’ve learned that if you treat people well, they’ll treat you well.”
Cedarhurst Fashion Opticians owner Larry Greenspan opened his Cedarhurst Avenue business in 1982, having come to the conclusion that the village was a fashionable area. “It’s a very nice community to be in,” he said. “There are very good people, and people have a tendency to stay in the community and shop. It’s always been an upscale and great town.”
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