What Should Go Here?

What should go into the old Sears building?

The Sears on Main Street in North Reading closed this past summer. What do you think should replace it?

According to the store's Spokesperson Kimberly Freely, the store closed because their lease was not renewed. 

What do you think should go into the large space? Another hardware store? A furniture store? A place like the Christmas Tree Shop?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Joe Veno December 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Ocean State Job Lot.
Rob December 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Maureen Vacca December 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Good question. Perferably a company that has jobs for teenagers, maybe even one willing to establish an internship program with the school district. A combination of learning & earning potential!
Kelly Walker December 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Christmas tree shop
Kathy December 14, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Definately not a pizza place or a Dunkin Donuts. We have too many already.
Kris December 14, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Christmas Tree Shop
Fred Chalmers December 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Joe, I knew I could count on you :^) I'm on my way to their Saugus store later today. Guess that makes me white trash to some folks out there :^)
Fred Chalmers December 14, 2012 at 04:29 PM
A small Market Basket, just to piss off S&S :^)
Nooj December 14, 2012 at 06:08 PM
The town of NR already reject OSJL at the closed S n S and CTS will not take a location w/o highway exposure.
Kelly Walker December 14, 2012 at 08:30 PM
that's a great idea too! THen maybe s&s will come down on their price and we wouldn't have to drive so far for a decent rate. Or they can put a MB where the old stop and shop used to be
Bob Bythrow December 14, 2012 at 09:02 PM
How about the Town takes it over. Tear it down along with the other vacant buildings. He charges too much rent!! It would make a great softball field or a practice field. Even better, have him donate it, raise the roof and make it basketball courts. With the new schools there is a great need for space.
JIM December 14, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I'm with Joe Ocean State Job Lot
Joe Veno December 14, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Yea be careful Fred they may be waiting for you at the line when you return. I would come home a different route if I were you.
Joe Veno December 15, 2012 at 12:09 AM
@ Nooj, The town of North Reading did not reject OSJL. A very small mniority of outspoken do gooders drove them out of town. They left because they did not need to put up with the static this SMALL group was causing and went to a town were they are welcome. You are correct about Christmas Tree Shop. Yep that old S&S sure looks good sitting there empty for over a year now...NOT...And It will be a long time before it has anyone in it in this economy.
Joe Veno December 15, 2012 at 12:12 AM
@ Bob, The town can not just go in and take over private property.
Fred Chalmers December 15, 2012 at 05:50 PM
We need a good anchor tenant, not only to provide some sort of goods or services needed here in town,but also to help revive the entire plaza and attract other tenants to fill the empty storefronts and get everything back onto the tax rolls.
Fred Chalmers December 15, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Kelly, that's the heart of the whole S&S kerfluffle. They still own the old property and would never lease or sell it to another grocery store chain. Therefore, no MB, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, etc. Too bad the town couldn't seize it as abandoned property, then bring one of them in.
Fred Chalmers December 15, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Bob, if you want a new sb or practice field, go take a crack at WalMart. There's an old ballfield on their property between their store and the post office property, currently overgrown with weeds and used to store construction equipment. Back when I was involved with Little League, and the land wasn't so overgrown, I talked with the store mgr to propose that they clean it up and give it to the town, how they would benefit not only from goodwill, but also from getting add'l business from parents dropping their kids off then popping into the store for a few things. He was going to take it up with the regional mgr, and as you can see, it never happened. That's not to say they wouldn't be more receptive now. It's worth a shot.
Kelly Walker December 16, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Fred that would be great if the town could seize it. Why on earth would they just let the property sit there. Such a waste of space. I know the town could use that for something worthwhile. Not even just another shopping site.


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