SAY IT AIN’T SOBSEY’S: Beloved Hoboken Produce Market Up For Lease
“Prominent downtown Hoboken location on the corner of Newark and Bloomfield. Adjacent to Washington Street and minutes to the PATH.”
That’s what the listing says. Anyone who has spent any time in Hoboken will tell you that the corner of Newark and Bloomfield belongs to Sobsey’s Produce, with Michael Sobsey and his family-owned/operated market being fixtures in Hoboken for decades.
Now the address is up for lease, offering, “Approximately 2,221 sq ft of commercial space with 10’8 ceilings perfect for food, retail, etc. This space has been a gourmet food market since the 1990’s. Now it is time to become something new and amazing!”
Sobsey’s is already amazing, offering a diverse and eclectic selection of produce for legions of dedicated, discerning customers.
“The modest boutique looks like it belongs on a street in Europe,” wrote Sean Iaquinto, in a 2010 article for hMAG. “It’s the perfect place for Hobokenites, inspired by their favorite cookbook, to pick up everything they need for that one-of-a-kind dish.”
hMAG spoke with Michael Sobsey this afternoon, who said simply, “I’ve decided to retire.”
Customers are bound to be saddened by that news, but should certainly be empathetic. Typically Sobsey—who owns the building—is out in the wee hours canvassing fish and produce markets, then opening the doors to his own space at 4:30 a.m. every morning. “This business is very much dependent upon my personal involvement, and right now we’re just looking at renting the space.”
The store will remain open until a suitable tenant is found.
The listing for the lease closes with the line, “Make your mark on one of the most traveled blocks in Hoboken.”
Sobsey’s sure did. Thanks for bringing taste to Hoboken.