Plenty of space for rent in Havelock

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Empty store fronts are seen at an office complex in Havelock. The city planning department reports 54 empty business buildings or store fronts in Havelock, mirroring a problem that can be seen throughout the country, according to economic officials.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 08:36 PM.

It’s 10:30 a.m., halfway between the breakfast and lunch rush, and waitress Rebecca Kronenberg is serving customers at 10 tables.

Ziggy’s Café is packed.

The activity inside the business is a dichotomy from what can be found just outside the doors at the Westbrook Shopping Center in Havelock. On one side of the café, there are three empty store fronts, and on the other, there are five.

Despite the lack of surrounding businesses to potentially draw in customers, Ziggy’s Café is thriving.

“I’d like to have some neighbors, absolutely,” said Anthony Radicella, who has owned Ziggy’s for 10 of the last 20 years. “I’d love to have some more traffic going through the shopping center, but we do what we can. I would like to have more neighbors, yes.”

Radicella said that the restaurant has loyal customers who keep business good.

He said rent in the shopping center went up about three years ago, causing some businesses to leave.

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