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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 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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