220 South Ave. West in Westfield — Courtesy: Levin Management Corp.
By Joshua Burd
A local seafood market has inked a 1,500-square-foot lease at a freestanding building in Westfield, in a transaction arranged by Levin Management Corp.
The business, Westfield Seafood, has recommitted to the site at 220 South Ave. West after a recent ownership change, LMC said. Its new proprietor is Roberto Bonilla, who has worked in the fish business for 20 years and purchased the operation from longtime owner Vince Bruns.
“Westfield Seafood is a longtime area staple that has been an important part of Westfield’s business community for more than 30 years,” said Kendal Hand-Freda, an LMC leasing represented, who arranged the lease. “We are pleased to see it remain as such, and for Mr. Bruns’ legacy to continue. We look forward to working together with the store’s new ownership for years to come.”
In a news release, LMC noted that Bruns owned and operated Westfield Seafood since 1984. The business serves as a retail fresh fish market that also offers shellfish, prepared foods and takeout lunches and dinners, while also selling wholesale to restaurants and caterers.
Bonilla, who is operating the business with his son, Bruno, owns four other fish markets, including his main store inside of Hackensack Market in Hackensack. His newest location is next to Westfield’s NJ Transit train station and close to its acclaimed downtown.
“Although ownership has changed, we plan to operate Westfield Seafood using the same proven formula that has made it a success for 36 years,” Bonilla said. “Along with retaining the store’s existing staff, customers can expect the same high-quality seafood and exceptional service for which the business is known. Westfield is a great community with great people, and we are excited to be here.”