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What Do You Think Should Go Here?

It was going to be a Subway, then the site was cleared. Now what?

Welcome to Visions for Vacancies, a new feature on Tewksbury Patch. Each week we will give you, our readers the chance to have your say as to what type of business you this would be appropriate and beneficial for the town in a particular lot or vacant storefront.

This lot, at 2163 Main St., is located across the street from Jim Boudreau's Auto Repair in South Tewksbury, and has been eyesore for longer than anyone would care to talk about. At one time it was the home to Direct Auto Parts.

It had been going to be a Subway sandwich shop. But then there were major problems with the work being done by a Lancaster-based contractor.

The site was cleared and, supposedly, new plans are in the works.

But what do you think should go in this commercial location? What type of business would best be suited for Tewksbury and for this particular spot?

Tony February 20, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I to like the idea of a trader Joes or a Sea Food place. I do also love the idea of a Pastry/Coffee shop that would be open later in the evening. I would be some place to go after you've been out to eat on a Friday or Saturday evening so not to hurt Donna's Donuts.
Paulie February 20, 2012 at 04:39 PM
5 Guys Burgers & Fries, Chipolte or a wing joint.
Kerri Sweeney Eldredge February 20, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I don't know what the answer is, but seeing a tobacco shop on Main Street makes me sick to my stomach! I was thinking the same thing as someone else: that Route 38 is starting to look like Route 1 or Route 28 in Salem, NH!
Karyn February 20, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I like the idea of a decent seafood restaurant or Trader Joe's.
Alex Ro February 20, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I noticed another tobacco shop popped up next to sky box. Who is allowing these places in our town.
Bill Gilman (Editor) February 20, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Alex, you would have a to pass a bylaw to ban them. The Planning Board or BOS don't have the right to deny a plan or a license to a business just because they don't like it. As long as town bylaws allow it, they have no choice.
Kerry February 20, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Sad that it is getting like this. How many fast food joints & discount places do we have on 38, now the smoke shops.... It would be nice to have a place that is family oriented & has a few options for those who are a bit more health conscious. I was happy to see John Ryan's open. Relaxed/family atmosphere but was hoping their 'extended menu' would have offered some nutritious choices.
Susan Mathurin February 20, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Dave n Busters!
Joe Bill February 20, 2012 at 10:35 PM
On the border
Jon February 21, 2012 at 04:45 AM
We already have a Seafood Restaurant, French's which is very good though an eatery of another kind could work.... but I do agree, no more discount stores, a Trader Joe's wouldn't be bad... As for the Pollo Loco site, I heard that Taco Bell/KFC were interested but the owners want an outrageous amount of money so they backed out....
Karyn February 21, 2012 at 06:46 AM
While I like French's for what it is, when I think seafood RESTAURANT....somehow French's doesn't come to mind! More in the line of something like "Joe Fish" in North Andover.
Mrs. Kravitz February 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Chipotle or Kelly's Roast Beef.
Alex Ro February 21, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I think that in general allowing several of the same stores is bound to make one close and another empty spot once again.
J. S. February 21, 2012 at 02:36 PM
A nice cafe would be good. A place for groups of adult friends to meet and hang out. Kid friendly always a plus. Open until 11. Good food. Relax, knit, eat, stay, have a meeting, work.
Jonathan McHatton February 21, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I think Trader Joe's wouldn't work in this location, but in the one where Rite-Aid used to be, behind Jon Ryan's Pub. But in this location, a Starbucks would be perfect.
Mike February 21, 2012 at 09:51 PM
How about fixing up the disgusting Rite- Aid plaza with a Target or Kohls and some other nice shops in the strip. This town is so honky-tonk.
TONY D February 23, 2012 at 04:47 PM
In this economy any store, chain or independent, cannot afford to locate at any old existing site. They are not energy efficient and for the most part would/should have to be completely demolished. The new buildings adjoining WalMart are basically empty. The Novel Cafe is/was a beautiful building but could not survive in this Town. The food/restaurant establishments on Main Street are, at best, mediocre. Jon Ryans Pubs is not going to make it unless they improve the quality of their food. French's putting up a new sign and painting the building doesn't make it a good seafood restaurant. We seem to be able to support Dollar Tree, Dollar Valley, Ocean State Job Lot, Discounts Unlimited/Preferred Distributors. Some board/commision in Town must have the authority to limit the quantity of this type of store. Too many of them and none will survive. As was done when the property adjoining WalMart was turned down for a new car dealership. In it's place we have an empty Polo Loco and two barely occupied strip malls.
J. S. February 23, 2012 at 05:47 PM
French's has good food. That is why they have stood the test of time. Pollo Loco had good food, not sure why they did not last. My family loved them. Novel Cafe....while the cafe was hopping I think a brick and mortar book store is not a viable option now to compete with the internet (see Border's).
Patrick Rahilly March 01, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I think Tewksbury would benefit from some sort of multi level, mixed use commercial building, like shops etc. on the bottom floor and quality office space on the upper floor. The only reason I started my practice in North Andover is because of the lack of quality, affordable office space in Tewksbury.
SD From T-Bury March 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Oh man, wayback machine!!!!!
SD From T-Bury March 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Some of my favorite childhood memories were at Wamesit Bowl. Broke my heart when they tore it down :-(
SD From T-Bury March 06, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Love that place!
SD From T-Bury March 06, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I'd rather see something smaller or a group of smaller businesses that support the local community instead of another big-box store. That plaza does need help though!
Susan March 18, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I like KFC or Boston Market. There is no chicken place here in town except for Harrow's chicken pies and I don't think they are very tasty. Sue
bk March 19, 2012 at 03:57 PM
How about a dental office where they would take care of dental needs across the spectrum? Either of the Gental Dental( they are open on Saturdays), Family Dental would do. We currently go out of the town for our family's dental needs. I would love to be in town. --BK
mike t March 19, 2012 at 04:08 PM
The "Dental Group" is the next lot over. How about taking this lot and the old go kart racing lot and making a nice town park common area (like Wakefield has) so people can enjoy nature in Tewksbury rather than stuff their faces with fast food.
Kerry Gibson March 19, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Where is the LIKE button?? That would be a FANTASTIC Idea!
Jade March 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I just thought of another idea for the open space. Red Robin, yum! I have tried the one that opened up at the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua, NH. It is a very classy Hamburger Plus more establishment. They have a frequent user card and give away free meals after you meet their requirement. Drinks and fries are unlimited after you order your meal. Their prices are really reasponable too.
Rosa March 31, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Not a pet store. Panera Bread would be great/ maybe a mexican restaurant Tewksbury really needs good restaurants so people doesn't have to outside the town.
Kathleen Brothers March 31, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Panera Bread would be wonderful! As for the stores being too close to each other, my husband and I went to Panera in Wilmington last Sunday. Could not get in! They had a waiting list. We went to get a couple of bagels and there were none. They were sold out! This was 11:30 Sunday morning. So I think one in Tewksbury would work really well.

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