What Should Replace Harold's Deli?

New Patch series addresses those pesky vacant storefronts.

There are few everyday sights that rankle more than empty businesses. They are a sign of decay, of neglect, of disinterest in the community. More than that, they are clear evidence that business real estate isn't moving as quickly as citizens—and government—would hope. 

Economic growth and increasing the township's commercial tax base benefit Parsippany and its residents. With that in mind, Patch will from time to time feature a commercial structure that stands empty. The idea is to get creative juices flowing among the citizenry: We want to hear your thoughts about vacant business buildings and your ideas about what you would like to see fill the space.

Our first featured vacancy is the now-empty site of the former , at 707 Route 46. The spot famous for overstuffed sandwiches and fresh kosher pickles shut down after being flooded during Hurricane Irene last summer. With its owner Spyridon Gizas and behind bars, the site appears ready for someone to bring a new business in to revitalize the building.

So what do you think would work for the site adjacent to Parsippany's ? Tell us what you would like to see in the comments. As with all the Visions for Vacancies features we plan to run, we will take your suggestions and pass them along to the person in charge of pushing business development in the township, Mayor James Barberio.

Who knows? Your idea may be the one to bring a new business into town and spark real economic growth! Share your thoughts below.

Frank Drebin April 11, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I have a great idea! Why not make an "infomercial" hosted by Terry Bradshaw explaining what a great place Parsippany is to do business.
parhome April 11, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Jason's Deli, chain down south
parhome April 11, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Harriet Karkanias April 11, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I vote either Barnes & Noble or a drive thru Starbucks. I think either would do well in Parsippany.
Natalie Davis (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I'm a 'Bux nut myself. I'm curious... People have mentioned chains. Would you be interested in a homegrown bookstore or coffee shop or deli or restaurant with servers in shorts, something born and bred in Parsippany?
Mary Free April 11, 2012 at 11:50 PM
A hot dog place, I lived in Bayonne for years before moving here and there was a hot dog place with seating inside & out, the name is Petridis Hot Dog/Sausage restaurant. The hot dogs were like Sabrette to die for. Hope you like the idea.
Natalie Davis (Editor) April 12, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I do! I still love to go to NY, which is home for me, to enjoy a Sabrett's or Gray's Papaya dog.
Atta April 12, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I suppose it would end up being something complimentary to the Holiday Inn, most probably a restaurant. Pizza Hut, Dominoes, or Papa John's would make a killing right next to Holiday Inn and HoJo's.
Terry April 12, 2012 at 09:30 AM
I grew up in Passaic and with Rutts Hut and Hot Grill just moments away I would love to see a hot dog place like that move in there.Love 5 Guys but some place like Rutts or Hot Grill would be FANTASTIC!
Ed Mayhew April 12, 2012 at 01:26 PM
A Red Lobster would be good. You need to go to Ledgewood, Wayne or Secaucus since the one in Parsippany was replaced by Pep Boys and they always had a good crowd.
Frank Drebin April 12, 2012 at 01:30 PM
An indoor mini-golf course made of left over FOD turf.
Beth Bluj April 12, 2012 at 01:51 PM
A real farmer's market - you have to go all the way down to Route 46 in Wayne or Route 10 in East Hanover.
Pete April 12, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Someplace that makes a smoked-tongue-on-rye equal to Harolds !!!
parhome April 12, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Farmer's Market - excellent idea. I'm from Monmouth County and we had Dearborn Farms and Delicous Orchards. Nothing like that close to Parsippany.
ms April 12, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Farmers market is a great idea
joe raich April 12, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Rutts is great, a kosher deli doesn't exist in the most populos part of town, maybe Jonathan reads patch...
Frank Drebin April 12, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Those places are not pizza, they are fast food garbage.
Zach April 16, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Indoor water park! We need some entertainment in Parsippany


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