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[UPDATE] Visions for Vacancies: Cheshire Retail

Should a franchise restaurant open in the former Rite Aid store? Some Cheshire Patch readers think so!

A large retail space that has been empty since late 2010 is located in one of the busiest shopping centers in Cheshire.

The former closed in Maplecroft Plaza when the company's new, and much larger store, opened nearby on Main Street.

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What kind of business would you like to see move into this spot? It covers about 7,000 square feet and is available to lease. So far, most comments hope to see a Panera Bread franchise. The latest suggestion is for a Trader Joe's.

What do you want to see open on Highland Avenue? A children's clothing store, a "glow in the dark" mini-golf outlet, skateboard shop?

Tell us in the comments below!

Leslie Hutchison May 08, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Lori Bogden Mann wrote: "FIVE GUYS!!!!!"
Leslie Hutchison May 08, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Beth Muzio Miller wrote: "Something like Umi Sushi in West Hartford!"
Leslie Hutchison May 08, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Deanne Dietrich Stanek, Lisa Catania Sinclair and Michelle P Wynne all wrote: Panera!
Leslie Hutchison May 08, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Janice Nitowski Gruenwald Donahue wrote: "A card/ unique gift shoppe."
Leslie Hutchison May 08, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Trish Spagnola Kelly wrote: "Trader Joes !!"
Deborah Redman May 08, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Would love to have a Wayback Jakes Burgers!
Andrea H. Wilson May 09, 2012 at 11:04 AM
A sporting goods store? We don't really have anything here in town to buy equipment or apparel. We have so many Cheshire sport teams.. We all have to go to Dicks Sporting goods in Meriden or such. A sporting goods store wouldn't hurt any of the other local businesses another restaurant would. Just a thought..
Janice Bryden May 09, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Whole Foods
Kelly DeChello May 09, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Panara bread would be fantastic!!! Trader Joes would be amazing!! I'd love to see something related to healthy options especially with having the frozen yogurt opening soon. That would really change the image of that plaza and bring in more business.
Karen May 09, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Indian, Thai or Pan-Asian restaurant
Scott Toth May 09, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Dollar General or a return of Danny's Dilemma.
dawn cestaro May 09, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Trader Joe's PLEASE!!
Terry Terzakis May 10, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Panera or Trader Joes
Robert Averack May 12, 2012 at 03:56 PM
It's time to finally bring back Mrs. Stahl's Knishes. I've been so depressed since they closed their store in Brighton Beach! Okay, just kidding (actually, only somewhat)...with Whole Foods enjoying Cheshire as a location for their Distribution Center, it only seems right that they open an actual store here, so I'm adding my vote to Terry T's.
Robert Averack May 12, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Oops, hit the submit key too quickly - it looks like it was Janice who suggested Whole Foods. Sorry, folks.

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