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Mendez Agency Nationwide Travel - 263 Central Avenue, Jersey City

Business Owner: Gilbert Mendez

It is without a doubt that the Mendez family has developed and maintained a steady business over the past 55 years, as their great and genuine service has attracted clients from all over the region.

In 1955, John T. Mendez opened an insurance agency on Grove Street. Twenty-three years later, in 1978, an extension business was built on Central Avenue. By this time, John’s sons, John Jay, Rich, and Gil had become to play a large role in the well-established business.

After the Grove Street business was closed in 1999, the Central Avenue annex remained opened as John’s sons John Jay and Gil took over. Having much experience in small business ownership, Rich even opened his own POSTNET business downtown that is still wide open for business, today. These ventures certainly made this family a Jersey City household name.

In 2002, Gil solely took over the business on Central. He is a common face around the community, living in the Heights his whole life, and currently residing on Sherman Place, just behind his storefront. He happily admits to shopping at Central Avenue stores such as
Kennedy Department Store and dining at place like Goehrig’s bakery and Renato’s Pizza Masters.

Furthermore, Gil has given back much to Central Avenue as he was one of the founding members of the CASID and currently serves on the CASID Board of Trustees as the VP
South.

Not only is it his long-term small business expertise, charming attitude, or fact that he connects so much with the neighborhood that makes his business a staple. In fact, it’s
that Mendez Agency offers so many amenities that keep it hopping! The storefront offers notary service, translation services, travel agency bookings, tax preparing, and personal
mailboxes. “I’m the doctor, lawyer, and Indian chief!” Gil laughs. With all these assets, it’s no wonder that clients who have moved out of state and are as far as Georgia, Florida, Arizona, and even Puerto Rico still stop by the shop when visiting family that still live in the
Heights, especially during tax season.

However, what makes Mendez Agency and its owner Gil the most unique is that he is dedicated and bound to his roots here. He is committed to providing great service to the people of the community for years to come. He simply states, “I was born and raised in the Heights and I have no intentions of ever leaving.”