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Finding a New Anchor Store at the Old Blockbuster

Calling all Southington residents! We have a vacant, well, eyesore on Main Street and we need your help figuring out how to fill it. Give us your best ideas!

Let's call this a modern spin on community planning - Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

Each week we'll present a new vacant building and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules and all the other zoning jargon that puts people most to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

So let's be honest for a moment. That that shut down and pulled out of the plaza on Main Street? It's sort of become something of an eyesore, hasn't it?

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It's time to find a new anchor store for the plaza and today, Southington Patch is reaching out to you to get your opinion. Get ready people, because we need your help - and so does the town of Southington.

Dowtown Southington may be thriving, but life has been rough for businesses in the plaza. Blockbuster, the former anchor store, closed after about a decade of business in town and the storefront next door has been vacant for years after the locationfell victim to a fire.

Previously, the Blockbuster location at 200 Main St. served as home to CVS (as the pictures clearly indicate), but the store moved after opening a new home down the road.

There are some positives, however. Several successful restaurants still fill the plaza. There is a launromat nearby, several gas stations and has provided some revival along Eden Avenue. There are two salons within walking distance and the location is just a short distance from the downtown business district.

Now, we need some anchor store ideas here. Liquor store ideas and sexually-oriented businesses need not apply, so let's get a bit creative. How would you see the store filled? What anchor store or chain could breathe some life back in the plaza? Let us know today!

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot June 28, 2012 at 09:22 AM
A package store!!!
geof June 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Bring back the supermarket that was once in that space....can't remember the name thoug
Arthur Cyr June 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM
A great location right on Main Street between the Historical Society and the Town Green? Wow - Unblock the windows and turn it into a Cultural Art Building and 1/4 the cost of other proposals up the street. Plenty of parking too.
Ana F June 28, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I agree with Art. Use that for the Arts Center INSTEAD of the Gura Building.
Harry J. Goralski June 28, 2012 at 01:11 PM
This is the best Idea Art has given this town. An art center will bring life to that area of town. The parking is great here, and as Art says, the cost of remodel should be cur in half. Harry G.
shirley westover June 28, 2012 at 02:09 PM
A good meat and fish store that will also sell milk, bread, etc. Need something closer to Plantsville section, not many stores have quality meat, most are already wrapped up and not fresh.
Ruth Stanley June 28, 2012 at 02:19 PM
How about a roller skating rink? Bring back good, family fun! And a great place for the youth of this town as well. If someone willing to put up the funds, I would love to run it. :)
shirley westover June 28, 2012 at 03:11 PM
That's a great idea Ruth or an indoor ice skating rink. All great ideas. Kids need more to do
Jason Vallee (Editor) June 28, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Loving the ideas today! Keep them coming, this is an area where a good development could provide tremendous results for the downtown area.
Tony M June 28, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Art: You and I must be on the same track, I said the same thing a few weeks ago. There would be no need to reinforce floors, remove black mold asbestose or provide access for the handicapped. Everything on the ground level.
Diann Thomson June 28, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Art - what do you NOT get! there is funding available for the Gura building - the main grant being historical preservation, they also have Historic Homes tax credit that the state encouraged SCCA to take advantage of - that figure alone will exceed $250,000! The old Block Buster or Beecher street property will NOT have grants like those available! At the meeting on Monday, you stated that SCCA never tells you when you ask, “Why the Gura building?” YOU have been told, however YOU choose not to listen!
Arthur Cyr June 28, 2012 at 10:33 PM
REPLY to Diann Thomson: Oh, I listen and I read and now you should acknowledge - IF YOU USE THE BLOCKBUSTER BUILDING OR DOMINICK THE TAILOR (Eden Ave)YOU WOULD NOT NEED $1.2 MILLION IN GRANT MONEY FOR RENOVATION. So who really wants the Gura Building in 3-5 years??
Diann Thomson June 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM
The fact is with renovating the Gura Building it will ALL be funded in Grant money - we don't need ANY money to start! That is the whole idea! We are a NON-FOR-PROFIT organization!! you may listen...but you just don't get it!
Rebecca Cormier June 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I want a health food store. Southington has too many crappy grocery stores.
Ruth Stanley June 30, 2012 at 07:05 PM
And again, as usual, a place for good, honest ideas is getting clouded by town politics. *sigh*
Marissa Mills September 24, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Southington desperately needs a bookstore. That space is a little small, but somewhere else would be great.
connie October 10, 2012 at 03:18 AM
First it was Finest then Guido's.
WhiskeyTangoFoxrot October 15, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Marrissa, This is becoming the digital age books slowly are becoming a thing of the past. I'm afraid a book store wouldn't last there. But with all the drunks in this town I feel a package store would be a good fit there. Then all the 21 year old's can go to the gas station next door and buy a bong or some blunt wraps and be all set for a good night of drinking and drug use.

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