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Which Business Would You Have Join Those at Blockbuster Plaza?

The former electronics store remains vacant and up for grabs - what business would you like to see take its place?

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?

This week, Southington Patch took a ride downtown, stopping in by the soon-to-close at Blockbuster Plaza on Main Street.

Life has been rough for businesses in the plaza in recent years. Blockbuster, the anchor store, is currently amidst a "store closing sale" as the location prepares to sell out. Next door, a lease sign hangs in the papered windows where another business was prior to a fire several years back.

The location has also seen gas leaks in the past year. Needless to say, the location would be a perfect spot for a makeover.

There are some positives, however. Several successful restaurants still fill the plaza. There is a launromat nearby, several gas stations and Spice Bar & Grill 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.

With two stores about to be closed simultaneously, we are putting the future of the lot in your hands. Today we are asking, if you could see anything at that location, what would it be?

JChar March 01, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Trader Joe's!
WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot March 01, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I think we need another store like VIP Since they opened up there on Queen St. The controversy is gone. Southington needs more controversy I lot of people in this town need it to escape from their boring mundane lives.
S10 March 01, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I would like to see a good old fashioned diner with reasonable priced family meals and home cooked food. Real american food without MSG and preservatives! I miss Gene's Kitchen and Patten Brook Dairy. We need a nice comfortable home town place to meet friends or to bring a family and not spend a bundle. We don't even have Ponderosa any more ! A place with a nice and healthy salad/food bar and great hot soups and breakfast 24 hours a day. Maybe Grace's II (24 hours) for the center of town.
Sally Elmer March 01, 2012 at 03:21 PM
A nice home town diner does sound good. And location is great. It would be nice if Hen House would expand and have a full service rest. As far as a Grace's we already have the carousel over there don't want to take away from them what business they have for being open for breakfast and lunch.
Jenni B March 01, 2012 at 07:41 PM
A good clothing store.....we only have 3 places to shop for clothes...TJ Maxx, Wal-Mart & Target. There is Up-Town Consignments also but I would like another clothing store ANYWHERE in the town. Also. WE NEED A SAM AHE or a GUITAR Center...I am sick of travein an hour for speaker cables!
Marc Bramhall March 11, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Jenni, There was Fashion Bug (woman's clothing) and HUSH (men's and women's clothing) both in the plaza with Bob's Furniture, Dollar Tree, and Outback. Both of them are now closed. What does that tell you? There's no demand for a clothing store.
Tony M March 22, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Any outlet store that sold merchandise made only in the Good Ole U.S.of A.
Tony M April 05, 2012 at 08:23 PM
"Yea right"; and people in hell want ice water. Think logically, Southington is basically a conservative town.
Tony M April 05, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I remember when we first moved into Southington 41 years ago that location was a Gnazzo's Supermarket, why not another one at this end of town? We have three located approximately apart. Shop Rite, Price Choppers and Stop and Shop on Queen Street.
Tiffany Steele April 06, 2012 at 02:20 PM
There are so many families in town with young children there needs to be a kids place like a Jumpzone type of place or a indoor Sports Center so we don't have to travel to Waterbury and Bristol for them.
Tony M April 06, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Correction to my above post, it was Guido's super market not Gnazzo's. I still think another at this sight would be a perfect balance.
Tony M April 06, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Someone mentioned West St. In the Target and Lowes area. This would be an excellent spot for a Stew Leonard's. How about it Planning and Zoning? Give it a shot and approach Stew to consider locating a store here. All one has to do, is go to the store on the Berlin Turnpike to see how packed it is with shoppers all bustling around buying, buying, buying. Think of the taxes Southington can gain.
Kevin Belmont April 01, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Jenni B - There is a Guitar Center now opening @ RK Queen Plaza where the TJ Maxx is located. It will open in the next few months.!!

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