Merchant meeting planned as Bridgeton businesses remain divided by language barrier

    The new year doesn’t mean all of Bridgeton’s issues have been resolved. The South Jersey city is still trying to figure out how to unite its business corridor, which is currently home to many Hispanic-owned businesses that don’t advertise in English.

    Enter Councilwoman Gladys Lugardo-Hemple. She plans to organize a meeting of the Hispanic merchants to find out why they’ve been so reluctant to translate their Spanish signs and attract English-speaking customers.

    That could lead to a next step in terms of finding a solution that pleases everyone.

     

    As the News of Cumberland County reports, there are some other matters to clear up, too. Like what exactly the city code is for signage and what items merchants can sell.

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