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Visions for Vacancies: An Ideal Neighbor for Stop & Shop?

What would you like to see open in the Stop & Shop plaza?

There are a few vacancies in the Stop & Shop plaza off Powdermill Road.
There are a few vacancies in the Stop & Shop plaza off Powdermill Road.

Welcome to Visions for Vacancies, a Patch feature and a place where you can weigh in with your ideas about what kind of businesses you’d like to see occupying empty storefronts around town.

Every so often, we’ll highlight a vacant building, storefront or structure around town. And we’ll leave it you, the Acton community, to sound off on what you’d like to see there before any plans go before town boards.

This week we’re over at the Stop & Shop plaza off Powdermill Road, where the recent facelift spruced up the facade but can't mask the multiple vacancies. 

Along with the supermarket, the plaza is already home to a Dunkin' Donuts, liquor store, DCU branches, an eyecare facility and Papa Ginos. What do you think would be a welcome addition to that mix? 

So, if you had your way—and, for the purpose of this discussion, let’s try not to focus too much on zoning restrictions -- what would be your vision for this vacancy? Let us know what you think in the comment section below. 

Sandy D'Amico December 16, 2013 at 07:19 AM
Whole Food Market
SJ December 16, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Michaels or AC Moore would be great
Beth S. December 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Too small a space and not enough parking for Whole Foods. I am hoping Whole Foods goes in where the old Market Basket is located in Westford.
Patrick Ball (Editor) December 16, 2013 at 02:12 PM
You're probably right, Beth, about the space and parking. But wouldn't it be interesting to have a Whole Foods right next door to Stop & Shop?
Beth S. December 16, 2013 at 03:58 PM
There are many reasons that Whole Foods would not work over there. The demographic is not right. Too much traffic for that road and that area.
Patrick Ball (Editor) December 16, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Those are some interesting points, Beth. And I agree that it's highly unlikely Whole Foods is a candidate for the space available. However, What makes you think the demographic is not right? Considering the Whole Foods locations on Great Road in Bedford and on Route 9 in Framingham, I'm interested in hearing your thoughts about demographics. For the purposes of this conversation, let's take traffic out of the equation as it's unlikely a large, upscale grocery would seriously consider that location given the available space and existing neighbors.
Beth S. December 16, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Whole foods, like Starbucks plants themselves in already established affluent areas. I think the ability to get in and out of the store plays a huge part. In a more open setting - one more easily accessible it might work. But the inability to reach the store except through narrow High St which is congested several times a day, and Rt. 62, it becomes inconvenient to get there and therefore chokes itself off from it's target demographic.
Catherine Meeks December 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM
In Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard, Stop & Shop has moved a large "Natural Foods" department into a vacant, adjacent store. Might work here, too.

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