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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. 

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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