What Would You Like to See at the Former Registry Location?

The former Massachusetts Registry location has been vacant since 2007.

The former Registry of Motor Vehicles location on Salem Street in Reading has been vacant since the state moved the local registry branch to Wilmington in 2007.

The 17,500 square-foot space at 273-275 Salem St., is just off the highway and is sandwiched between and . 

In its flyer about the property, Boylston Realty listed 202 parking spaces and average daily traffic counts of 14,900 vehicles on Salem Street and 153,022 on Route 95/128.

So, we want to know – what would you like to go at the former Registry location? Does a department store make sense? How about a bargain store? Or would you rather see it become something else?

Let us know in the comments section.

Jessica March 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM
How about an Outback?
Joe Veno March 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Ocean State Job Lots
Jim Pothier March 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Trader Joe's.
Jay March 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM
The 99
Anyomonus March 13, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I agree with Jim. Trader Joe's !
Eileen March 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM
how about a decent bakery
Liz Whitelam March 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Trader Joe' all the way - unless there's one already planned for 30 Haven!
AntGrammy March 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Reading definitely needs a Trader Joe's !
Karl Weld March 13, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Word we have on the EDC is that Trader Joe's has already declined to move into that space because they feel their location in Burlington is too close. Sorry folks.
Adam Chase March 13, 2012 at 01:07 PM
How about bowling alley video arcade kind of place for teens?
James Sokolove March 13, 2012 at 01:23 PM
How about a Methadone clinic since Reading is now the heroine capital of the North Shore?
Joe Veno March 13, 2012 at 01:31 PM
marie pineau schadlick March 13, 2012 at 01:59 PM
How about a craft store or a consignment store? There was a grocery store and a department store way back in the 70's.
Nancy Bond March 13, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Norcam Rob March 13, 2012 at 03:48 PM
If you can't get a Trader Joe's try getting their parent company Aldi to open a grocery there. One just opened in Salem NH down the street from me and it is a pretty interesting business model for a small format grocer and great store with very reasonable, family friendly prices for this type of economy.
Dawn Gilligan March 13, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Trader Joe's or Whole Foods Market
Gordon McIntosh March 13, 2012 at 09:57 PM
What we don't need is another restaurant or grocery store. A craft store, a consignment store or a book store would be good. Perhaps something recreational and /or educational like Creative Arts.
Maureen March 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM
A small grocery store (Whole Foods would be excellent!)
Barry Berman March 14, 2012 at 01:19 AM
a teen center
M March 14, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Whole foods is coming to Lynnfield, along with a family arcade/entertainment type of business (in the new lifestyle center). I would not consider the Trader Joe's in Burlington, "too close" -- the 6-7 mile as the crow flies distance is not a 10 minute trip, but during 3-7 pm and weekends can tend to be up to 1/2 hour each way due to the horrendous traffic in the mall area & Middlesex turnpike generally. Book stores, video game arcades, bowling alleys - those are 70's types of businesses that just aren't coming opening up these days (plus there's bowling alleys already in Wakefield, Woburn & No. Reading). It is a great location but a very dumpy building. We don't need more banks, chain restaurants, or nail places. Perhaps something complimentary to REI -- some type of indoor sports facility (e.g., rock climbing, gymnastics) or some kind of family place geared to kids/teen parties like a Monster Mini Golf, Bonkers, etc.
Ted Cartwright March 14, 2012 at 06:22 PM
How about Chuk e cheese, or Cracker Barrel ? If you've never been to one, Golden Corral is fab!
Emily M March 14, 2012 at 07:59 PM
good one!
Emily M March 14, 2012 at 08:00 PM
you should book your angioplasty now, then.
Emily M March 14, 2012 at 08:00 PM
how about a mini Wegmans?? :)
01867 March 17, 2012 at 03:08 AM
If we cannot get a Trader Joe's, a good bookstore would be a great addition to the community.
PeterG March 21, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Trader Joe's would be good. I also like the idea of a bookstore, but keep in mind that book sales are way down these days due to the use of Kindles and Nooks. I would imagine that anyone opening a book store these days would be taking a big financial risk on the business.


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