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Two Possibilities for the Openings at the South End of ShopRite Plaza

The Queen Street plaza is bustling a bit again after ShopRite established roots in Southington, but the south end near Moe's Midwestern Grill remain unoccupied. What would you put there?

It's time to get creative again. Put on your planning hats and help build a vision for Southington.

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?

The ShopRite Plaza is a-bustling again, thanks to the replacement anchor store, but there are still several vacancies. The Bernie's has shut down on the north end and there are two vacancies to the south.

So what should go there?

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Looking around the plaza, there are already multiple restaurants, an iParty, the grocery chain, a CVS and a tire warehourse. So most anything, other than a sexually-oriented business, is probably open game.

There is some history at the 750 Queen St. plaza, which until recently had a difficult time retaining stores. But in recent years, despite the slower economy, things have seemed to turn around for most.

So what's the best fill for the location? A clothing or shoe store of some sort? How about something entirely different?

How would you see the store filled? Tell us today!

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Hugh Cares February 04, 2013 at 09:11 PM
We need more package stores!!!
Kristi Sunbury February 04, 2013 at 10:17 PM
I am not sure we need any restaurants or package stores. Book stores sound great but they are closing with everyone shopping online and then we will be stuck with a vacancy. I think it would be great to add retail stores like the Simsbury Commons to keep people from going to Westfarms and Westfield Shopping.
Marc Bramhall February 05, 2013 at 12:37 AM
There is no chance that Olive Garden, Red Lobster, or Longhorn Steak House is coming to Southington. There was just a report 2 weeks ago that DRG (parent company of the above) is struggling financially.
Joann Generous February 06, 2013 at 12:32 AM
I would love to see Whole foods come into our town.
Marc Bramhall February 07, 2013 at 03:57 AM
Joann - we already have 4 grocery stores in Southington if you count Tops IGA Marketplace. The town can't support the 4 already in town, we DO NOT need a 5th.

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