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Nutley Businesses Brace For Life Without Roche

Roche Logo (file / credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Roche Logo (file / credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

NUTLEY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - Pharmaceutical giant Roche will leave its 127-acre complex in Nutley next year.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney On The Story

That could be a hard hit for many area businesses who relied on the patronage of the company’s employees, WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported.

Petracco’s Deli on Bloomfield Avenue is an old style deli with sausages made in-house and it’s literally down the street from Roche and their lunch crowd may shrink a bit.

“Yes, we’re staying positive at Petracco’s Deli,” owner Alfonze Petracco told Putney.

“We’re going to get creative with all the local businesses in Nutley, and try to drive more business to our spots,” Petracco, who happens to also be the mayor, said. “Everyday, we’re putting phone calls in to pharmaceutical companies now.”

He said they’re even thinking about redeveloping the sprawling site for retail use.

“Maybe even Cabelas would be a good fit,” he said. “Cabelas seems to be pulled out of the Meadowlands complex.”

The mayor added that Roche has promised to pay for cleaning up the site after they leave, even if the property is sold.

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