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7-Eleven Sues River Edge Over Hours Restriction

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The work is nearly finished. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

RIVER EDGE, N.J. — A 7-Eleven set to open later this month has sued the borough of River Edge, less than a month after the Borough Council adopted an ordinance restricting its hours of operation.

The ordinance prohibiting business along sections of Kinderkamack Road and Main Street from operating between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. was adopted by a 4-0 vote during the Oct. 5 council meeting.

Attorneys representing the Kinderkamack Road convenience store last week field a complaint in Superior Court in Hackensack aimed at repealing the ordinance and forcing River Edge to pay the lawyers' fees.

The borough clerk received a petition with more than 500 signatures from residents who don’t want 24-hour businesses next to their neighborhoods a month before council voted to adopt the ordinance, River Edge Mayor Sandy Moscaritolo said.

"Council has been discussing changing this ordinance since May 2012," the mayor told Daily Voice. "The council’s difficult decision was to strike a balance between the best interests of the community — maintaining a little peace and quite and letting businesses operate."

Maxim Realty's Gerry Puccio bought the property at 584 Kinderkamack Road at Van Buren Avenue last year and invested a reported $1.4 million so 7-Eleven could move in.

Puccio told that the convenience store is expected to receive a certificate of occupancy from the borough this week and could open within the following 15 days.

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