Friday, October 19, 2012
PACC presented a free employment outreach event for the community last Tuesday.
Nearly 40 local people seeking jobs attended a Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce event designed to help them with their employment search efforts. "How to End the Job Search Pain and Get Your Life Back" was held at Centenary College in Parsippany last Tuesday. The event was part of the PACC’s free workforce development series offered throughout the year. Tuesday's event gave job seekers information on organizing and accelerating their career searches, marketing themselves to potential employers and gaining the confidence needed to find work. "The quality of your career is in direct proportion to the choices you make now," said Neil Cooper, who chairs the PACC Employment Outreach Committee and is a certified leadership coach. "When you …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Let's Yo's owners say the shop is a combination of the Apple Store and Starbucks, but with frozen yogurt.
The new frozen yogurt shop in Arlington Plaza near Shop Rite has been open to the public for weeks, but Let's Yo held its official grand opening Thursday. The occasion was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted by Robert J. Peluso, president of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and Mayor James Barberio. Let's Yo offers self-serve frozen yogurt and free iPads for use while in the shop.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Patch wants to hear your ideas for filling Parsippany's vacant business buildings.
Time again for Patch's game of what-if regarding business vacancies in the township. This time around, let's consider the now-empty Latin America Groceries building at 299 Parsippany Road. The storefront looks, well, deserted. Brown paper partially covers the commercial building's windows. And the endeavors that until recently occupied the space—among them, the market, Arnold Travel, Medina Business Enterprises and phone services company Mobile Tek—have left barely a trace behind. This is a spot that clearly needs to be filled, and possibly, by a business that will serve Parsippany's Spanish-speaking community. What do you think would work for Latin America Groceries' former space? Tell us what you would like to see in the comments. We …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Company releases more details about the organic supermarket's forthcoming Par-Troy site.
Since word was released last week that a Whole Foods Market is coming to Parsippany, many residents have reacted with excitement. That joy will have to be tempered: The store likely won't open until 2014 or 2015, according to a company spokesperson. Michael Sinatra told Patch that lease papers have been signed for Whole Foods to rent about 40,000 square feet in a complex that will be constructed on Route 46 between Waterview Boulevard and Intervale Road, where woods now stand. "We're thrilled to be coming to Parsippany," Sinatra said. "I am from the area and with Mountain Lakes and Denville nearby, we know this will be a great location." While a lease agreement has been struck for the yet-to-be-erected building, the project is in the …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Par-Troy-based defense contractor took the initiative to relocate its operations to Virginia.
Parsippany is losing another major ratable. Seven months after it was announced that real estate giant Realogy announced its move from the township for a new site in Madison, DRS Technologies, a defense contractor that saw about $3.2 billion in revenue last year, is moving its headquarters from 5 Sylvan Way to Crystal City in Virginia. "We just needed to be closer to our customer," DRS spokesperson Brian Gallagher told Patch to explain its planned move. "We need to keep our finger on the pulse down in that area." DRS already has signed a seven-year lease for nearly 93,000 square feet of expanded space in Crystal City, which sits just outside Washington, D.C. The company, headed by former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Bill Lynn, is in …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Patch wants to hear your ideas for filling empty business buildings.
On a recent visit to Aahar Indian Restaurant in the Parsippany Hills Village Shopping Center, we just became depressed. The building, at 1557-59 Route 46, can be misconstrued as possibly being occupied. A peek through its windows shows stacked boxes, old furniture and discarded items. A neon sign in the window reads OPEN, however it is off, unilluminated. An easy assumption to make is that some merchant or restaurateur could be in the process of moving in or out. Neighboring business owners helped put an end to that speculation, as did a call placed to the phone number on Aahar's sign: It turns out the former restaurant has been sitting vacant and idle and collecting dust for more than a year. Which made us feel even more depressed. What …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Patch wants to hear your ideas for filling empty business buildings.
The Baldwin Shopping Center is a tidy little strip mall that stands at the intersection of Baldwin Road and bustling Route 46. The center is not especially large and it is presently being renovated, providing more attractive exteriors for some really cool merchants. There is the Gourmet Café, recently named the Parsippany Patch Readers' Choice winner for Best Italian Restaurant. There is Baldwin Bagels and Bakery, which this week is one of the contenders in the Readers' Choice contest. And there are others, among them Enterprise Car Rental, Baldwin Pizzeria and Valley National Bank. But the shopping center's marquee sign features a lot of empty spaces where merchants' names should be, and that does not sit well for a town that needs to …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Chemical company came close to leaving the state.
Political figures, company leaders and employees were on hand Monday morning for the dedication of Evonik Degussa Corporation's new North American administrative headquarters at 299 Jefferson Road. More than the mere opening of a new building, the spirited ceremony was a celebration of doing business in New Jersey and in Parsippany. The specialty chemical company, a branch of Germany-based Evonik Industries AG, had given serious consideration to taking its business out of the Garden State, said President Tom Bates. Before the company's lease was ready to expire, Evonik created an in-house task force to explore all possibilities as to where its administrative center should go, according to Bates. Since Evonik Degussa's largest manfuacturing…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Patch wants to hear your ideas for filling vacant business buildings.
When Parsippany lost its Blockbuster Video franchise at 796 Route 46, it wasn't alone. With the move from traditional brick-and-mortar retail film rental operations to online movie options such as streaming video and services like Redbox, branches of the chain are vanishing like box-office bombs all across the country. Whatever the reason, the Arlington Plaza building stands empty—and that is not good for the township. And the former Blockbuster building is not the only vacancy in the shopping center. Filling the empty anchor space likely would give the retail complex a boost. Right now, merchants big and small can be found at the Plaza, including Home Depot, Emiliani Beauty Supplies, Staples, Marty's Shoes and the International House of …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Job Seeker: 'I See a Light at the End of the Tunnel'
More than 400 job seekers from all over northern New Jersey turned out for the fourth annual Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Job Fair. The event took place Wednesday at the Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph. PACC leaders hailed the event as a success. “It’s refreshing to hear that most attending companies were able to discuss employment opportunities with over 20 quality applicants [each] in a wide variety of fields," said Chamber of Commerce President Robert J. Peluso. "With unemployment over 9 percent in New Jersey, this is not only beneficial for our community, but also [for] our area employers." Thirty-eight companies were represented at the event, where they conducted preliminary interviews or passed on information to job seekers. …