Vacancies: What Should Become of Former Village Supermarket?

Put aside all the rules and regulations—we're asking you what type of establishment would make the most sense in that spot?

Let's call this a modern spin on community planning; a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

We present a vacant space or property and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules and all the other zoning jargon that puts most people to sleep. What would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

Our inaugural installment of this column received a couple of great suggestions, as did our subsequent posts—especially the one about Sciortino's.

Now, we're hoping you'll weigh in on the space on that housed Village Supermarket until very recently. It's located in the same strip of businesses as Portofino's Pizza and Pasta and Tom & Jerry’s.

Patch spoke to the owners last May, shortly after they opened last May. Now, the store is emtpy, and neighboring shops say the supermarket closed earlier this month.

Attempts to reach the landlord, and the family who owned the store, were unsuccessful.

So, Brewster and Southeast folks, what do you think should become of the space?

Please leave your answer in the comments section below. Thanks for participating!

About this column: In highlighting vacant buildings in Brewster and Southeast, we aim to help residents take a proactive role in planning and building their community. We'll run this column when appropriate, and share your feedback with public officials and property owners. Know of a vacant building we should highlight? Email Ashley.Tarr@patch.com. 

Alfonse April 26, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Were not very friendly there...
Jennifer Maher April 26, 2013 at 10:59 AM
rumor has it the former owners feels the fact that it took so long to get a sign approved hurt them. whatever goes there let's try to support them. Not big down in rules and regs. We are working hard to get someone great in the Sciortino's building too.
Trish April 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Though I am sorry another small business failed, it was a very poor choice to put a small grocery in a location not too far from Kobackers. I believe a CVS or Walgreens could work in the recently vacated grocery location. However I have always felt CVS or walgreens would also work in the village it self and hopefully encourage other stable businesses to follow such as a dry cleaner/tailor , decent bakery etc. Somers town center has very little parking yet it thrives not to mention other villages with the same parking issues. It all comes down to getting the right tenants. I truly don't understand why the village can't get its act together it has the train station which clearly bring in people daily who could use the businesses regularly.
Susan Riley April 26, 2013 at 02:34 PM
I would love to see a real butcher shop; the supermarkets are very limited with their choices of meats. Or another great restaurant would be very welcome!
Iris Lopez April 26, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Planet fitness
karin scheele April 26, 2013 at 05:42 PM
I wish there was a good bank in town!
Trish April 26, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Yes a good bank, cvs, dry cleaner, bakery, quality restaurant/café even a Boston Market! How about a dunkin donuts for the commuters???
Laura April 26, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Isn't there a drug store in the next shopping center? Isn't there a Dunkin Donuts up the hill from this building. Bring in something different. Why hurt the already established 'little guy' next door! A nice bakery sounds good.
Trish April 26, 2013 at 07:12 PM
In regards to Dunkin Donuts I meant in the village near the train station Which will not take away from the customers using the one at the 684 entrance. As far as the pharmacy in the next center, have you been in there recently??? It is not the quality store that we need or deserve. That is a lot of the community problem there is a lot of non quality stores in the area just look at what goes into the village. Thank goodness we have the wonderful flower shop and the mail station to name just a few that do exist in our broken town village.
Alfonse April 26, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Now where am I going to buy empanadas?
Aidan Samuels April 27, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Love the idea of a Boston Market!! The one in Rye had a line out the door for take-out every Friday.
Ann Fanizzi April 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Developers always try to find a scapegoat and it is always regulations not their own ineptness.
elaine April 29, 2013 at 01:24 PM
I agree Boston Market would be great
Erin E. Meagher April 29, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Ha! I wouldn't call the owner of that plaza a "developer" by any means. He took a broken down plaza and made it look great. Does anyone remember how long that space sat vacant? If you make a dumb law that legislates taste everyone gets hurt in the process, especially the business owner. Sure, all uniform signage is a good concept, but we live in a diverse and not so cohesive community. I wonder if anyone cried about about the signage when the Cameo Theatre went in the village in the 1930s? It was neon, 3D, stuck out above Main Street. That would not muster with any sign code today, and it was a site to behold back then or even the Town of Southeast's office sign. Tastes change, but that's what they are, tastes. Not everyone likes a certain taste and we should not be using the long sign permit and zoning variance process for a massive money grab. We have taxes for that! Southeast provides a good bulk of the sales tax dollars for the county, if we want to keep that revenue stream going, we need to let business do business. It keeps property taxes down as well. It's a shame this supermarket had to close, I wish it would have moved into the Village on Main Street. It's sorely needed. (PS. Although called "Village" Supermarket, it wasn't in the Village at all, it was in the Town of Southeast)
Elizabeth R. Apgar Triano December 25, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I'm not going to be very helpful but I would love to see a fun indie jewelry store! Too bad the charm bead companies tend to frown on selling competitors' wares, because a Trollbeads / Pandora / Chamilia / redbalifrog / (the New Zealand company) / Alex & Ani / etc. boutique would be awesome. Or a used book store / crafts & jewelry & art consignment place . ... Parking can be an issue though. I'm not sure which plaza this is, and there are definitely places in our area that I avoid due to congestion / parking issues. :-( Good luck !


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