Sickles opens in downtown Red Bank
Asbury Park Press
Sickles, the offshoot of the landmark Sickles Market in Little Silver, is now open at Red Bank’s Anderson Building on Monmouth Street.
“I knew I could do something different,” owner Bob Sickles said. “That little bit of different was a little bit more urban, but still with a little hometown country feel. I mean, we still have our roots.”
It’s been a long time coming. Sickles announced its expansion back in 2017, the anchor tenant for an old warehouse building at the corner of Monmouth Street and Bridge Avenue. The project is the work of Red Bank developer Metrovation, which also owns the Grove in Shrewsbury.
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Rehabilitating and expanding the four-story Anderson Building took some time. Sickles opened his Bottle by Sickles shop in November and had hoped to open Sickles in April, but the pandemic hit. In June, Aug. 6 was chosen as the opening date.
Sickles has described his new store as a “Chelsea market” concept. The 8,000-square-foot store sell gourmet grocery, fine cheese, bakery, fresh produce, including locally-sourced items, meat and seafood. It also has a delicatessen and prepared food and a small cafe.
Sickles Market owner, Bob Sickles, opens a new location in Red Bank (Photo: Brian Johnston)
“Somebody that’s looking for the best of what they want in their lifestyle, we’re hoping we have that for them,” Sickles said.
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A new feature, different from Sickles Market in Little Silver is the store’s cafe. Led by Chef Chris Mumford, it will feature eight meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner with items rotating seasonally, Sickles said, adding it’s “good fresh healthy food.”
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There’s also a Booskerdoo Coffee & Baking Co. kiosk inside.
“Look at this place. It’s flipping beautiful,” said James Caverly, Booskerdoo’s co-owner. “We’re super proud to be here. We’re super proud to add to that atmosphere.”
James Caverly, co-owner of Booskerdoo Coffee & Baking Co., stands in front his new shop inside Sickles in Red Bank. (Photo: David P. Willis)
The original 1920s-era Anderson Moving & Storage building had been vacant for more than 30 years berfore it was purchased by Metrovation in 2006. It’s now transformed into a four-story 49,000-square-foot building that mixes retail and offices with outdoor patios and shared spaces.
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“It was just an appealing place,” Sickles said. “One of the most appealing things to me is that this was sort of an abandoned piece of property so we weren’t ripping into a brand new virgin piece of property with a parking lot and all of that.”
And he likes being with other tenants in the building.
It’s filling up.
Last year, the Sawtooth Group moved into the fourth floor. Other new tenants are: Red Rabbit Aesthetics, expected to open early this fall; Del Negro Integrative Health; SALT Design Co.; Lambs and Wolves, expected to open early this fall; and Applied Energy, opening in September.
Metrovation is in discussions with prospective tenants for about 7,000 square feet on the third floor, a spokeswoman said. The building’s lease agent is Suzanne Macnow, senior vice president at CBRE.
David P. Willis, an award-winning business writer, has covered business and consumer news at the Asbury Park Press for more than 20 years. He writes APP.com’s What’s Going There and Press on Your Side columns and can be reached at [email protected] Join his What’s Going There page on Facebook for updates.
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