Benefits & Opportunites

Business_1Newark offers the pleasant atmosphere of a small town coupled with the vitality and diversity of a bustling university community.

As the commercial center of western New Castle County, Delaware, nearby Cecil County, Maryland, and southeastern Chester County, Pennsylvania, Newark offers a wide variety of distinctive stores and businesses that cater to every shopping need with NO SALES TAX. Newark retailers provide shoppers with the latest and finest merchandise and services. In addition, most Newark businesses are owner-operated ensuring personalized customer service and top-quality products. As a result, downtown Newark has a large and loyal customer base.

Newark also has an abundance of first-rate restaurants, offering menus diverse enough to please any palate and purse. A wide variety of take-out foods are also available throughout the city.

While you visit to browse or dine, take a moment and notice the architecture on the street. On Main Street you will find outstanding examples of commercial and residential styles, ranging from the late 18th century to the present. In fact, no two buildings on Main Street are alike.

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The Downtown Newark Partnership is looking for unique, quality businesses. Currently, businesses targeted for recruitment are:

  • Apparel and Accessories (Men's, Women's and Children's)
  • Home Accessories
  • Gourmet Grocery
  • Shoes
  • Art
  • Small Boutique Hotel/Inn
  • Craft Stores with Lessons
  • Party Supplies
  • Paint Your Own Pottery
  • Fine Dining
  • Gifts, Stationery, Cards

If you are seeking commercial opportunities, Newark is the place to be. The city's retail trade area, demographic profile, and municipal and private facilities make Newark an ideal home for you and your business. Newark is a full-service municipality with extremely low property taxes and cheap, reliable electric service. It has an internationally accredited police department, clean and plentiful water, excess sanitary sewer capacity, beautiful parks and recreation areas, and a vibrant, thriving, exciting downtown.

Among its services to businesses, the city provides special tax incentives for downtown development, offers 0% interest improvement loans for business facades, and manages and operates downtown off-street parking lots, including a discount parking validation program subsidy for local merchants. In addition, targeted businesses are eligible to receive a $1,500 credit/grant toward their City of Newark utility bill.  City staff is proud of our community and is ready, willing and able to help quickly guide you through the development review process and site selection.

Check out just some of the reasons you should consider Newark, Delaware for your business:

  • Forecast Newark trade area population (2015) — 
63%
    between the ages of 20–64 = 180,000
  • Highly educated population — 
55% awarded degrees beyond high school
  • Projected average household income (2015) — $ 59,000
  • City-wide traffic count — over 200,000 daily trips
  • Municipal off-street parking — 651 spaces
  • Metered, center-City on-street parking — 385 spaces
  • Total retail product demand — $880 million
  • Main Street traffic count — 50,000 daily trips
  • Downtown University of Delaware garages — 1,304 spaces
  • Downtown private off-street parking — 932 spaces
  • UD enrollment — full-time undergraduate students — 15,000
  • UD enrollment — full-time graduate students — 3,000
  • UD faculty and staff — 4,000
  • Extremely low unemployment rate — only 2.9%
  • Location, location, location
    • Wilmington — 18 miles
    • Philadelphia — 35 miles
    • Baltimore — 68 miles
    • Washington, DC — 96 miles
    • New York, NY — 134 miles

Best of all, there IS room for you!

 

Bring Your Business to Historic Downtown Newark, Delaware!

There is space for your business on Main Street. Newark is the commercial center of western New Castle County, Delaware, nearby Cecil County, Maryland, and southeastern Chester County, Pennsylvania. Come see what we have to offer. Listed below are the open retail leases on Main Street.

Make a difference on Main Street — OUR Main Street! In downtown Newark, Delaware.

 

62 North Chapel Street (6 suites varying) - Office(s)

Sizes: 400sqft - 1700sqft varying Cost: $14-16 per sqft; Includes heat, water, parking, and trash
Available: Immediately Lease: call for information
Contact: Ben Prettyman Phone: (302) 731-7000Email: UDstudentrentals@gmail.com

314 E Main Street; Suite 302 - Small Office/Retail

Sizes: 100sqft, 140sqft, and potentially 150sqft; reception area also available Cost: $350-$550; includes utilities, internet access and water
Available: Immediately Lease: call for information
Contact: Neil Kalin Phone: (302)-731-2020Email: ru2020yet@hotmail.com

206 East Delaware Avenue - Retail/Residential 

Size: 1,500 sq. ft. Cost: Negotiable
Available: Immediately Lease:
Contact: Kevin Heitzenroder Phone: (302) 218-3530

224 East Delaware Avenue - Retail/Residential

Size: 2,700 sq. ft. Cost: Negotiable
Available: Immediately Lease:
Contact: Kevin Heitzenroder Phone: (302) 218-3530

 

46 E. Main Street - Small Office/Retail

Size: Cost:
Available: Lease:
Contact: Sue Yong Phone: (302) 898-9200

 

58 E. Main Street - Retail

Size: 4,000 to 14,000 sq. ft. Cost:
Available: Immediately Lease:
Contact: George P. Shchmidtt Phone: (302) 661-6700 x 6708

 

74 E. Main Street - Office/Retail Space

Size: 1,100 sq. ft. Cost:  
Available: Immediately Lease: -
Contact: Rich Dudek of Patterson Woods Commercial Properties               Phone: (302) 656-6870 (office) or          (302) 893-7937 (cell)   Email:    dudek@pattersonwoods.com

 

108 E. Main Street - Restaurant Space

Size: 4,500 +/- sq. ft., two full cooking lines w/ sep. prep counter & previous 192 person capacity seating Cost:.
Available: Immediately Lease:
Contact: (a) Brian Handloff or (b) Richard Handloff Phone: (a) (302) 379-3526 or (b) (302) 379-3525

 

 

218 E. Main Street - Pomeroy Station

Size: 2,100 Cost: $16/sq. ft .
Available: Immediately Lease:
Contact: Lang Development Group Phone: (302) 731-1340

 

273 E. Main Street

Size: 1,000 sq. ft. Cost:   $895/month
Available: Immediately Lease: -
Contact: Rich Dudek of Patterson Woods Commercial Properties               Phone: (302) 656-6870 (office) or          (302) 893-7937 (cell)   Email:    dudek@pattersonwoods.com

 

276 E. Main Street - 2nd Floor Large Office Suite

Size: 1000 sq. ft. Cost: $895/month
Available: Immediately Lease: -
Contact: Rich Dudek of Patterson Woods Commercial Properties               Phone: (302) 656-6870 (office) or          (302) 893-7937 (cell)   Email:    dudek@pattersonwoods.com

 

276 E. Main Street - 2nd Floor Small Office Suite

Size: 400 sq. ft. Cost:   $495/month
Available: Immediately Lease: -
Contact: Rich Dudek of Patterson Woods Commercial Properties               Phone: (302) 656-6870 (office) or          (302) 893-7937 (cell)   Email:    dudek@pattersonwoods.com

 

280 E. Main Street - "Flex Space"
Size: 1,000 sq. ft. Cost: $800/month
Available: Immediately Lease: -
Contact: Rich Dudek of Patterson Woods Commercial Properties               Phone: (302) 656-6870 (office) or          (302) 893-7937 (cell)   Email:    dudek@pattersonwoods.com

280 E. Main Street - Retail or Office Suite

Size: 1,000 sq. ft. Cost: $895/month
Available: Immediately Lease: -
Contact: Rich Dudek of Patterson Woods Commercial Properties               Phone: (302) 656-6870 (office) or          (302) 893-7937 (cell)   Email:    dudek@pattersonwoods.com

282 E. Main Street - Large Office or Retail

Size: 2,000 sq. ft. Cost: $1995/month
Available: Immediately Lease: -
Contact: Rich Dudek of Patterson Woods Commercial Properties               Phone: (302) 656-6870 (office) or          (302) 893-7937 (cell)   Email:    dudek@pattersonwoods.com

282 E. Main Street - 2nd Floor Office Suite

Size: 450 sq. ft. Cost: $590/month
Available: Immediately Lease: -
Contact: Rich Dudek of Patterson Woods Commercial Properties               Phone: (302) 656-6870 (office) or          (302) 893-7937 (cell)   Email:    dudek@pattersonwoods.com

282 E. Main Street - Small Office Suite

Size: 160 sq. ft. Cost: $295/month
Available: Immediately Lease: -
Contact: Rich Dudek of Patterson Woods Commercial Properties               Phone: (302) 656-6870 (office) or          (302) 893-7937 (cell)   Email:    dudek@pattersonwoods.com

314 E. Main Street - Small New Office Suite (304)

Size: 120 sq. ft. Cost: $350 - incl. all utility, internet & cable
Available: Immediately Lease: - 6 months or 1 year
Contact: Daniel DeFoe Phone: (302) 455-9520

325-333 E. Main Street

Size: 1,100 sq. ft. Cost: $15/sq. ft .
Available: Immediately Lease:
Contact: Lang Development Group Phone: (302) 731-1340

364 E. Main Street - Office Space

Size: 500 sq. ft. Cost: $17 / sq.ft.
Available: Immediately Lease:
Contact: Mike Laur Phone: (302) 388-5384

Main Street Court, Delaware Avenue

Size: 1,000 / 1,400 sq ft. Cost: $14/sq ft.
Available: - Lease: Pass through 2.50
Contact:  Glenn Schmalhofer Phone: (302) 378-0864

Main Street Court, Main Street

Size: 1,338 sq ft. Cost: $14/sq ft.
Available: - Lease: -
Contact: Glenn Schmalhofer Phone: (302) 378-0864

Market East Plaza

Size: 2,400 Cost: $2,550/month
Available: - Lease: -
Contact: - Ryan German Phone: (302) 420-6301

Newark Shopping Center

Size: Various sizes available Cost: Please call
Available: Immediate Lease: Please call
Contact: Atlantic Realty Companies

Ann Lewis - Director of Leasing

Sheldon Brown - Lease Administrator

Phone: (703) 760-9500

109-111 South Main Street (formerly Elkton Road)

Size: 2,500 sq. ft. Cost: Negotiable
Available: June 2011 Lease:
Contact: Kevin Heitzenroder Phone: (302) 218-3530

136 South Main Street (formerly Elkton Road)

Size: 2,150 sq. ft. Cost: $24/sq. ft.
Available: Lease:
Contact: Angela Tsionas-Matulas Phone: (302) 530-2149

 

168 South Main Street (formerly Elkton Road)

Size: 1,200 sq. ft. Cost:   $15/sq. ft.
Available: Immediately Lease: -
Contact: Lang Development Group Phone: (302) 731-1340

 

 

 

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Annual Downtown Newark Partnership Events

The DNP is always looking for partners to supply our year-round calendar of events. Particularly, annual retail events like Restaurant Week (January), Newark’s Wine & Dine Downtown (April), and Downtown Newark’s Food & Brew Fest (July) offer tremendous opportunities to promote your business to the thousands of guests these events draw to downtown. For more information about sponsoring these events, please contact Community Information Officer Dana Johnston at (302) 366-7020.

Another fabulous downtown event is the annual Taste of Newark held in early fall. The Taste of Newark has become THE premier restaurant event in the region and has been featured in Southern Living Magazine. For information regarding sponsorship opportunities for Taste of Newark, please contact event founder and chairman, Mayor Vance Funk at (302) 368-2561, ext. 12.

Annual City Events

Newark's many annual events serve as additional opportunities for sponsorship. The sponsorship can be title sponsorship, stage or performance areas, activity areas, marketing and promotional material, and/or general sponsorship. Annual events include Community Day, Halloween Parade, Trick-or-Treat Main Street, Newark Nite and Winterfest.

To take advantage of sponsorship for any of these annual city events, please contact Sharon Bruen at (302) 366-7060.

Welcome to the City of Newark and our business community.

Please click here to download our Starting a Business in Newark Guide.

Thank you for your interest in doing business in the City of Newark. New business means new jobs and greater opportunities to generate wealth for our City and its residents. We value your investment in Newark and are looking forward to assist you in meeting your goal of starting and growing your business. The Starting a Business in Newark Guide has been designed to help prospective business owners assess their needs relating to local and state requirements for doing business Newark and to help navigate you through the process. Simply put, the goal is to smooth the process of obtaining licensing needed to enable you to open your doors for business and inform you of available business opportunities. This informative business guide serves as a comprehensive overview of the areas of concern to you, the prospective business owner and current business owners.

The Starting a Business in Newark Guide will serve to acquaint you with City departments and regulations and what is expected of you from the various departments within City Hall that participate in the business licensing and approval process. The information contained in Starting a Business in Newark Guide has been designed to inform you of all of the necessary requirements to open your business and business opportunities that may be available. If you have any questions about any of our regulations or other commercial requirements, start by contacting the Development Supervisor, Michael Fortner at (302) 366-7030, who will walk you through the City business development process.

You have made a good choice. Our goal is that your business is successful in Newark.