Both my parents grew up in the Elmora section of Elizabeth. My father worked at the Mayfair Foodtown, which is now partially the Elmora Farmers' Market. (Ironically, his family shopped invariably at the Pathmark, which is now Food Bazaar.) Their parents, mostly, always went to Jaspan Brothers Hardware, always called Jaspan's. A really old-fashioned friendly neighborhood hardware store, Jaspan's lasted until 2009 when the owner, Mr. Jaspan, retired and moved away.
Anyway, Jaspan's was gutted and taken over by the independent Econo Super Carniceria, which barely lasted at all. Soon thereafter it was bought by La Conga, an independent supermarket in Jersey City, and reopened as La Conga II. La Conga II didn't last either and the store most recently has been switched to International Supermarket.
1. still lists Jaspan's as a tenant
2. omits Avenue Grill & Sushi (a Kosher restaurant), which also shares the parking lot.
The "no 1 minute excuse" is due to the fact that Elmora Ave is a busy shopping district, with limited parking. (Street parking is available but scarce.)
Elmora Theater straight through from the driveway.
A few pictures I grabbed as I drove by one night:
Get really for a really different store tour on Monday!