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What Business Do You Think Should Fill This Vacancy?

Wamesit Place has some new tenants and now would be a great time to land a replacement for El Pollo Loco.

Things are buzzing over at Wamesit Place.

moved in last fall and is moving in this summer.

These new arrivals make this the perfect time to land a new business to occupy the building that once housed the El Pollo Loco restaurant.

It's time once again to put on your planner and developer's hat and tell us what business you think should ocupy this cornerstone of Wamesit Place.

Bee Free May 04, 2012 at 11:29 AM
not sure why this exercise goes on. retail outlets have demographics they use to place their stores. we don't cut it for many national or regional chains. we do cut it for walmart and dollar general.. take the hint.
Jordan Lawler Mavrogiannis May 04, 2012 at 11:59 AM
kfc taco bell!!!
Chris Kelly May 04, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I agree and disagree Bee Free. I agree that we can wish all we want about any business moving in. However, demographics and location may not support the business. I think the old Pollo Loco is a poor location since one has to enter the Walmart parking lot and the location is somewhat hard to see in plain site. However, Tewksbury is able to support higher value stores beyond discount chains. Although I am not a planning expert, I think the lack of a downtown area hurts local commerce. Rt 38 is all strip malls with no cohesion. People gravitate to places where you can buy many things at once vs one off purchases. Downtown Andover and the Rockingham Mall are great examples.
chance May 04, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Have to go with KFC. When that area was being built that was supposedly one of the contenders for that place. Another chain that would do good in town is Olive Garden. This particular site is to small for the Olive Garden but we have numerous stores that are empty. Tewksbury is starting to look like a ghost town. Except for Pizza parlors, gas stations, fast food and nail solons.
Vini Messina May 04, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I agree with KFC/Taco Bell or Fresh Garden
Joe Bill May 04, 2012 at 12:17 PM
A regional I.C.E. office.
Robert Rosa May 04, 2012 at 12:31 PM
why did we even let them build something there? forget another fast food restuarant, tear it down,we have enough vacant buildings and store fronts. The owner should have been held accountable, the restaurant did not survive one year.
Colette Starliper May 04, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I'd love to see a seafood restaurant, retail store go in, similar to Turners in Melrose!!!
Rick M May 04, 2012 at 01:03 PM
ICE or even better; DEA...it would cut down on travel time to the Caswell and Motel 6. Instant gas savings to the taxpayers of the CommonWealth!
D.James May 04, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Joe Bill you are a riot sir....
Rick M May 04, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Colette, I love the idea of anything similar to downtown Melrose. I worked part-time at the YMCA on Main St and lived in Malden my whole life. Downtown Melrose thrives for two reasons...cohesive planning and great parking away from pedestrians. South Tewksbury is primed for this type of planning along 38. Sugrue Commons, the old Direct Auto Parts, the hair salon/residence next to Donna's are all there to start this trend. Melrose is great because it has so much, so close. Fitness, Dr's, bakeries, pharmacy, post office, wine and cheese shops, hair/tanning/nails, town hall and FD all within walking distance. Every new business on that strip should be forced to put in handicap accessable sidewalks and parking in the rear. common signage and cohesive store design would be nice too. Look at Lexington for example, all the same frontage.
Keith Sorota May 04, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Starbucks...Tewksbury and Lowell are the only towns around that do not have one.
Keith Sorota May 04, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Any of these choices would be welcome, bring on the burritos.
Bob May 04, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Anything that doesn't use the drive-thru!
KB May 04, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I vote for Panera - love that place!
Mary May 04, 2012 at 01:56 PM
How about a Red Robin. Try the one in Nashua, NH and you will find out how good their good is.
TomH May 04, 2012 at 02:10 PM
The way this building was constructed invites another chain restaurant. I'll suggest one that no one else has - Popeye's. They seem to be trying to move into the northeast part of the country. The closest one is in Everett.
Pam May 04, 2012 at 02:19 PM
When you used the drive thru there, you would smell sewer smells. I complained many times.
nancy May 04, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Starbucks would be great
denise May 04, 2012 at 03:25 PM
There is a Starbucks in Wilmington...i agree with the person that says tear the building down...another closed up building? ugg
Shaun May 04, 2012 at 03:46 PM
There is one inside the Target on Plain St.
Mark Johnson May 04, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I would love a Chipolte in town..but if that is not possible, I agree with all those people saying it should be torn down. We have too many vacant stores in town..it makes the town look crappy. Related to that can we get our town planners to ban all new route 38 construction until the vacant store fronts are occupied?
SoxFan May 04, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Another vote for Panera.. sure there's one in Wilmington, but it is not near any major highways and this is on the opposite end of Tewksbury. I'd love to see a Firehouse Subs in the area too (look them up!), but with Subway inside Walmart and plenty of good mom-and-pop places in town, that's probably not the best spot for it.
Stephanie Evangelista May 04, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Boston Market
bk May 04, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Bee Free, I disagree. As per http://www.zipareacode.net/wilmington-ma.htm, Tewksbury and Wilmington have a comparable house hold income and house values. They seems to be doing well with the updated plaza( Chillies, Panera...) on Rt 38. We need to update our facilities and I think people will come. --BK
Bobby Nicholas May 04, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Definitely a KFC or maybe a FIVE GUYS
Walter White May 04, 2012 at 09:57 PM
In and Out Burger..always go there when I am out West
dan g May 05, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Panera's
Cathy J. May 07, 2012 at 04:08 AM
I think there's a reason for that. People in Tewksbury wouldn't support the pricey coffee drinks at Starbucks. Tewksbury is a DD kind of town. (unfortunately)
mary smeraldi May 17, 2012 at 04:47 PM
would love panera

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