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What's Your Vision for This Vacant Store on Main Street in Southbury?

It's an open space right on Main Street in Southbury. What would you like to see go there?

It's right along Main Street, and it's been empty for a long time, what should go there?

A space in the building also occupied by D Yo Frozen Yogurt, Southbury School of Performing Arts, Kneading Hands Yoga & Massage, and Superior Cleaners has a medium size open space designated for reatil purposes.

In a slightly larger space in the building adjacent to this vacancy Patch users said they’d like to see a bookstore, Trader Joe’s or a restaurant. This space is more than likely too small to accommodate a grocery store or restaurant, but still has plenty of potential.

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? Share your ideas in the comments!

christine mitchell February 04, 2013 at 12:34 PM
how bout an art gallery?
Bronxgal February 04, 2013 at 12:40 PM
While I too would love a Trader Joe's in Southbury, it would certainly need its own lot. A fabulous coffee shop or resaurant is tempting, but what we really need is a book store.
Southbury Mama February 04, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Children's art studio would be great!
Susanne Snearly February 04, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Ten Thousand Villages would be perfect.
Y C February 04, 2013 at 01:34 PM
TRADER JOES YES YES YES
Y C February 04, 2013 at 01:37 PM
We have too many eating places and coffee shops and delis in southbury TRADER JOES WOULD BRING NEW LIFE TO SOUTHBURY
FireHorse33 February 04, 2013 at 02:19 PM
I'd like to see a coffee shop as well. Something with a little bookstore/coffee shop deal... open late though, somewhere someone can go to study if need be or hang out and read a book
Pgmr9 February 04, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Trader Joe's --are you kidding me, with shoprite across the street, labonnes and stop&shopdown the road- How many more Grocery stores does Southbury need
Webster February 04, 2013 at 02:31 PM
A Bar.
Carrie Alling Stirk February 04, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Video game/movie rental/book store! 3 in 1 :-)
Rob February 04, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Didn't we do a similar survey in the same plaza a few weeks ago? Sticking with the "theme" how about a athletic goods retailer for the space? Running/Jogging gear ... Golfing equipment/attire to support the 2 courses in town... yoga gear & clothing... aroma/homeopathy/naturopathy therapy kiosks? ... GO/Town-Team Spirit store supporting the athletic depts of Reg. 15 schools?
Sby. Resident February 04, 2013 at 06:53 PM
A small sporting goods store for sure that carries essentials. With all the athletic teams here in town, one needs to drive all the way to Danbury or Waterbury if they need a simple mouth guard or shin guards. Kmart stopped selling sporting goods
candlou February 04, 2013 at 08:26 PM
I would like to know what happened to the liquor store that was there. Not that we need more here in Southbury , but what did it in??
toolgrit February 04, 2013 at 08:58 PM
i think we need just ONE MORE bank,one that might actually lend money,and maybe even do a refinance to a couple of locals.
Marie February 04, 2013 at 10:41 PM
I agree 100%!!! My son enjoys art and would love to take lessons but I can not find a place to take him that is local. Any suggestions??
Ilvect70 February 05, 2013 at 12:41 AM
I would love to see a cafe/wine bar!!!
Pamjam February 05, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Book store. Trader joes somewhere in town would be great!
ConcernedResident February 05, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Terry James Art in Oxford on Route 67/Academy Road offers art lessons. She is a terrific instructor! Located near the United Church of Christ and Oxford Center School
ConcernedResident February 05, 2013 at 03:04 AM
I would like a really good wild caught seafood and organic meat store. There is a great seafood store on West Main Street in Waterbury, but it is a hike.
Ilvect70 February 05, 2013 at 10:50 AM
There is a butcher shop that just opened on Rte 25 in Newtown. Its called Butchers Best and they sell antibiotic/hormone free meat, they also carry seafood, produce and have a deli.
jim stetson February 05, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Guns and ammo
Kris February 06, 2013 at 02:03 AM
How about anything that is open pad mid afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday? Honestly, I really want to make more purchases locally, but the lazy, small town hours just never work for me, so I end up going to Waterbury/Danbury.

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