TELL US: Another Woodbridge Business Closes Its Doors

But this time, the news isn't so bleak. Look for them back on Main Street.

If you need to buy flowers from Floral Expressions in Woodbridge, you'll be in for an unpleasant surprise.

The decades-old business on Pearl Street, right near the Woodbridge Train station, is closed. There is no sign on the store to let you know what happened. Just walk up to the doors and the interior is completely empty.

If you didn't know better, you'd assume one of the great township retailers had closed its doors for good.

Remember Floral Expression's store on Main Street, the one from which they moved when they went to the train station? Now they've opened shop just a few stores down, in a much smaller location than either their two previous addresses.

The current store is located right next door to San Remo Pizza on Main Street.

On Main Street, the floral shop had started in a small storefront in the 1980s, eventually working its way up to using the entire building as they expanded their inventory from flowers and plants, to stuffed animals, carefully chosen giftware, and other luxuries that made shopping there a pleasure.

They briefly opened a second store in New Brunswick during the same years.

After decades on Main Street, Floral Expressions moved to its Pearl Street location several years ago. A store clerk then said that it was because of a hike in the rent the store's owners couldn't afford.

The Main Street store has never hosted another tenant since and still has 'For Rent" signs in the windows.

TELL US: Are you glad Floral Expressions is still open for business in Woodbridge? What kind of stores do you think should open in their old storefronts on Main Street and Pearl Street?

Sholonda February 22, 2013 at 01:52 PM
I'm glad Floral Expressions was able to find a new location and remain in business because as a previous shoe store owner on Fulton Street, I found it very difficult to do business in this area with the big mall down the street. Best of luck Floral Expressions. I think a kid friendly business would operate well there, like a "My Gym" to attract more parents/adults to this area. If I had the funds, I would open one today.
Deborah Bell (Editor) February 22, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Thanks, Sholanda. Good ideas, all.
Anna Baldassarre February 22, 2013 at 02:07 PM
I agree with Sholanda.....I would love to see a gym for my little ones!
Michael Ciaccio February 22, 2013 at 02:18 PM
I and a number of families who attend classes at Across the Floor and are patrons of other Main Street establishments, were rudely made aware of Floral Expressions new space via the nasty fliers left on our windshields in the municipal lot behind ATF/San Remo. They advised our cars would be towed as they had acquired a number of spaces with their new space. Note as of today, there are no designations of spaces anywhere in the lot, and when confronted, the folks at FE were unwelcoming. I know I and others who park back there for ATF classes and normal shopping, will never give them our business based on their handling of this situation, and via word of mouth, others will not as well. As a whole, Main Street in Woodbridge offers no "main street" appeal, where other towns like Metuchen and others have relevant shoppes and an overall welcoming feel that makes you want to head there and take a stroll up and down the street. We have bail bondsmen, too many barbershops and empty storefronts to look at but nothing to draw people to come to Main Street and spend time there. The mayor needs to infuse some relevant businesses and life back into the township because there is no draw there right now.
Cheryl Cuthbertson February 22, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Book Store w/ a coffee / tea shoppe and maybe book exchange;possibly something with Music also?
Robert Johns February 22, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Why so negative on the headline? Why not just "Floral Expressions Returns to Main Street" or "Long Time Town Business Moves"?
Concerned for the community February 22, 2013 at 03:17 PM
I just wanted to say that I do business with Floral Expressions weekly for a local church and they are always helpful and courteous. In all the years they have been in business I have never had a negative experience. Theya re all very wonderful to deal with and I wish them the best of luck at their new location! They are sharing space with the Chamber of Commerce right in the heart of Main St. So glad to see them back on Main!
Deborah Bell (Editor) February 22, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I love that store. Best flowers anywhere. They did the flowers for my wedding, so there's no higher endorsement. :)
Deborah Bell (Editor) February 22, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Cheryl, that sounds PERFECT. They should make you downtown business coordinator!
Pam Chesky February 22, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Love Floral Expressions and am so glad they are still in business...and I never had anything but a friendly, pleasant experience.
Margaret Hughes February 23, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Love the idea of a book/ music/ antique/ small gift/ tea room with a desert menu.
Robert February 23, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Would like to see a camera store.One that sells and repairs cameras and develops film..there is nothing like this in the area.
gam February 24, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Ok a couple of things..."The decades-old business on Pearl Street, right near the Woodbridge Train station, is closed"...there is no "decades old" Floral Expression business on Pearl St. Has the decades old businees changed locations or has it closed...I realize it has only changed locations and I think it is a nice service you are providing by letting the public know but the article was worded a little odd. Re: there was a coffee shop on Main St. They tried to make it a small music venue in the evenings....it wasn't supported by the residents of Woodbridge. There was also an ice cream store and a shoe store not that many years ago. @Michael and the ATF parents- the dance school does as much for me as the bailbondsmen on Main ST. NOTHING! Parents tying up parking spots while spending an hour or so watching/waiting for their kids does nothing to help local merchants build up or sustain their businesses.
Gordo K February 24, 2013 at 05:47 AM
I'm not so sure that I'd be particularly welcoming if I were "confronted". How welcoming were the proprietors of Across the Floor and those other Main Street establishments that you patronize, when you "confronted" them about parking? Why wait for the Mayor to infuse what you consider to be "relevant businesses and life", when you could put up your own capital and open a "shoppe".


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