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What's Your Vision for These Adjacent Vacancies in Southbury’s Union Square?

Side by side vacancies along Main Street in Southbury create plenty of potential.

It’s not often you see two vacant stores side by side in Southbury, but that is the case currently in Union Square.

Two medium sized adjacent spaces designated for retail purposes are vacant in Union Square, the plaza also occupied by DiPalma's New York Pizza, Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, State Farm Insurance and Diagnostic Imaging of Southbury.

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio has left Union Square for the Southbury Green creating a vacant storefront in a corner unit of Building #1 towards the rear entrance of the shopping center.

Directly next to the now empty studio is an even bigger vacant space with large windows and two entrances on either side.

The properties could be leased or sold separately, but with the simple knocking down of the dividing wall, these two spaces could become one large retail space with plenty of potential and options.

Obviously, factors such as local zoning laws will have a say in what goes in the property next, but let's suspend reality for a while. What would you like to see there, in either two separate spaces or one larger space? Share your ideas in the comments!

Southbury Mama February 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Parking is such a disaster back there. Good luck to any business that wants to occupy that spot. I would like to see an art studio gor children and adults in town but not sure this would be a good location.
John D February 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM
The Golden Button should move there!
Bronxgal February 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM
An art studio or a book store would be fabulous!
Sweet girl February 13, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Becky's Sweet Bakes should open a storefront there!
Beth Rosen February 13, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Children's art studio, a non-hot yoga studio, a juice cafe. No matter what opens there, the town is going to have to be kinder with its zoning and taxation. I hear having a small business in Southbury is a nightmare.
L February 13, 2013 at 02:20 PM
How about an independent book store or an old fashioned candy shop?
Susanne Navas February 13, 2013 at 02:43 PM
A running store and/or healthy eatery such as Claire's Corner Copia in New Haven. Anything that is NOT a frozen yoghurt, liquor or pizza joint, please!
Rob February 13, 2013 at 03:17 PM
OR another BANK!
Rob February 13, 2013 at 03:29 PM
I remember "back in the day" when Gayle O'Neill occupied the recently vacated Merle Norman space; she always seemed to be doing a brisk business. Unfortunately, that retail space is not visible from Main St. S - the new occupant will need to have an already established "following" in this economy if they are to be financially solvent and "make it". Personally, I would love to see a "specialty" market like we had in NY... one that caters to a specific niche... fruits/vegetables... butcher/meat market... fish market ... bakery or the like... you get the idea...
Rob February 13, 2013 at 03:41 PM
In a world where wishes came true, develop any one of the plazas in town with the highest vacancy rate as one catering to one-stop-shopping of the specialty kind... Although on limited budgets, HV residents, I am confident, would particularly appreciate this approach in marketing as it harkens back to a day when "service" and "quality" where a shopkeeper's bread and butter... dare to dream ;)
jim stetson February 13, 2013 at 04:07 PM
With the Heritage Villiage population in the Soutbury demographic, a denture fitting / hearing aid shop would be a goldmine. Maybe when the state mandates a law requiring drivers over 60 to retake driving tests, a senior citizen driving school would be appropriate.
Maureen Q Nichols February 14, 2013 at 02:18 AM
Since we are suspending realty and can ignore the parking/zoningssues, I'd love to see a specialty market with a nice luncheon spot attached. My friends and I go out to lunch frequently, but with the exception of Hen of the Woods and even Panera, we end up going out of town. My real dream is to have a Trader Joe's SOMEWHERE in town.
Pgmr9 February 14, 2013 at 10:20 AM
we also DO NOT NEED another grocery store
Steven Nobrega February 17, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Low cost space for startups. This would attrack new businesses to Southbury and help to grow the business base.

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