Wednesday, August 9, 2017


This Wednesday afternoon I will have my Ohio granddaughter, 16 year old great grandson, 13 year old great granddaughter, Roanoke daughter and son in law here for a visit until Sunday. Thursday they will be joined by DC daughter and N YC son and his wife for the rest of the week. Along the way there will be a family event. Obviously, little rest for the ancient and weary, and no time for blogging. 

That is the good news. The bad is the further indication that the Plainfield economic area is no longer attractive. Sears has closed its retail complex at Terrill and 22 and by this fall the automotive center will be gone.

Bob’s Furniture is not only closing its North Plainfield store but advertising on TV that it is relocating to Union.

The Hoffman Koos/ Ethan Allen store appears closed although the sign said it was for redecorating there seems to be no activity.

What was the once popular “Farmers Market” on South Ave and most recently part of a chain is also closed.

Bank of American several years ago closed its Plainfield drive in teller facility, and about a year ago the North Plainfield one. This July the Scotch Plains office also discontinued that service making banking a difficult process for those handicapped. PNC still has its Netherwood drive-in but inside services have often been limited.

The Queen City ain‘t what it used to be 50 years ago when it was Central Jersey’s business Mecca

On the big picture; we wait to see what happens with North Korea, Russia, and the Grand Juries. All will impact on our lives.


  1. Sorry Doc - but I have to nitpick your comments regarding economic activity in Plainfield Area. I think your comments are a tad broad and don't take into account changes in buying habits and/or poor management on behalf of corporations. First - Ethan Allen appears to still be open. The HK location next to it did close but it wasn't there more than a year - just because they couldn't keep that location open doesn't mean its a failure of the area. Sears closing is zero shock - I am surprised it hadn't closed earlier. Sears/Kmart has been declining for years and has failed to keep pace with the market. The area shouldn't get a black eye for that - it will bring new development and additional businesses. There are hundreds of businesses in that area that have been in the same locations for years. Businesses come and go, that is life - i think the broad brush bummer post on economic activity in the area is just that - too general.

  2. Also, Doc, some good news. I heard that the old Farmer's Market is going to reopen in the fall. Hopefully, this means that Plainfield will have to accommodate the vacuum - not north or south Plainfield.

    Is there going to be an Oh Hell competition since the family is in town. If so, please keep us posted. I'm betting on you.