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What Should Replace Walgreens?

Patch wants to hear your ideas for filling Parsippany's vacant business buildings.

The recent move of Walgreens Pharmacy to the Baldwin Plaza Shopping Center gave the township a revitalized, bright and busy "new" drug store. It also left Parsippany with a big, empty space at 1470 Route 46 in Troy Hills Village, the old Walgreens digs.

Which makes this the perfect time for Patch's periodic guessing game regarding business vacancies in the township...

If you travel the township along Route 46, you've surely seen that big empty box where once there was light, traffic, commerce: What type of business can bring this space back to life? What do you think would work for Walgreens' former space? Tell us what you would like to see in the comments. We will take your suggestions and pass them along to the town's economic development chief, Mayor James Barberio.  

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Sick of the trolls November 29, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Wow, that's funny, "Clyde", to see you talking about bigotry and Krishna Conciousness. Tell me, what part of the vitriol and anger that you normally spew around here fits into that world view? And why are you suddenly so concerned with bigotry against the Krishnas as opposed to, say Muslims or homosexuals?
gina s. November 29, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Trader Joe's would be great....Whole Foods is overpriced and we do not need another pharmacy. Would love a mini Target if there was such a thing!!
NJ EMT November 29, 2012 at 07:30 PM
You're right Debbie.. its bad enough that the wooded areas are slowly being depleted which means NO homes for the animals either.. And more of them running into the streets.. And tearing up this piece of property sounds like a GOOD idea, why?
Jason November 29, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I think Aldi's would be great fit.....
Stephanie November 29, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I have to agree with Aldi's. With prices of food going through the roof, a store like this could help seniors and working class families get by.
Natalie Davis (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Thanks, Bob... Yes, an Indian grocery is going into the location. It will be a market, but not a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Interesting to see calls for an Aldi's, the no-frills grocery. I have shopped at the ones in Union and in Owings Mills, Md.
Alexis Betancourt November 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Aldi's would be great
Alexis Betancourt November 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Stephanie, you are right on target. There is a whole community of seniors, and working class families in Troy Hills Village, right behind this location and an Aldi's would be great right here.
clyde donovan November 29, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Well, "Sick Troll," the proposed Hare Krishna temple fulfills a need in the Parsippany area and the building itself will be a unique and attractive architectural addition to the Troy and Baldwin roads area. Hindu people have an equal right to worship and this new facility will give them that opportunity.
Dexterity NJ November 30, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Whole foods first choice, trader joes second choice. There is already an Indian grocery store 5 minutes down the road.
Mary Free November 30, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Bring back Perkins, food is better than IHOP, they have more of a selection for take out muffins etc, the portions are a good size and the price is right. Or, Margheritas, they were in Livingstom on route 10 best Mexican in this area and the decor was awesome prices were good too.
Jam November 30, 2012 at 01:20 AM
How about an indoor farmers market like the one on rt 10 (in Livingston is it?)
parhome November 30, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Jam - An indoor farmer market would have been a super idea. We certainly need one in town.
sunny November 30, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Trader's Joe or whole food Market.
sunny November 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM
There are many farm like stores not just one but many on the 46 .. in Kmart Complex... chinese store... Across from Pathmark Patel Bros., Subji Mandi Across from Another one on Littleton road next to Dunkin Donuts.. .We have tons of Pharmacy Store in the area... We have many diners and small breakfast place in area... what we need is elegant... store like Trader's Joe or Whole Food Market... it will be so good.... for the community and they donate so much of their profits...
sunny November 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Me too .. even though I worked very close to it... Trader's Joes .. none of them have varieties like Trader's Joes . .
Morgan1 November 30, 2012 at 02:01 PM
It's too small for Whole Foods.
Pete November 30, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I wonder about the "Parsippany pride(d) itself on trees" part. Have you noticed how, in the past year or two, the beautiful old sycamores that shaded many of Lake Hiawatha's streets have been cut down ? And they -- or at least the dozen or so that I saw -- showed no signs of decay or disease.
lorraine steinheimer November 30, 2012 at 02:52 PM
i remember a Rickels being there and i really miss what came next Cost cutters,they had such a terrific selection ,i miss that store.please no Chinese or Pizza store or nail salons .town is overloaded with those businesses.
Diane babicz November 30, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Whole Foods or Trader Joe's should replace the former Walgreens/Costcutters. Please do not use the land across from the Police Dept for this, as we have vacant business space existing where Walgreens once lived.
g November 30, 2012 at 03:40 PM
If you get an abundance of traffic for the stores recommended, you may have trouble getting in and out of the parking lot. Two ways to get in from 46 going west only and one way through the development. Exiting the lot you can only west and not east. or you can go through the development. I think the residents would complain.
Denise November 30, 2012 at 07:06 PM
WHOLE FOODS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND LEAVE THE TREES . WHY NOT REUSE THE SPACE INSTEAD OF TEARING DOWN THE WOODS!
Nancy December 01, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Whole Foods can go there. Leave the woods alone. This town is already over developed. There are plenty of vacant buildings that could be redeveloped.
Kenneth Kowalsky December 04, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I wish they would relocate IHOP there. Nothing like a little prostitution to go with my morning eggs and bacon!
Kenneth Kowalsky December 04, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Just to be clear here to those who may not have heard the rumors but my above comment is in reference to rumors that the reason the IHOP in Parsippany would shut down was because the owner was arrested on charges of running a prostitution ring using some of the waitresses as, well, hookers. However, these are just rumors at this point.
Dexterity NJ December 04, 2012 at 09:14 PM
oh wow.. I wasn't aware of that.. I wondered why it suddenly disappeared. that place use to be packed. Good thing Boonton has one, but I've never been there.
DMHerinya December 05, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Hi Natalie, I'm a little confused. I know it says you'd pass our suggestions along to the mayor, but if an Indian grocery is already set for the location, then why are we discussing what we'd like to see there? I'm being sarcastic - I'm wondering if I've misread something.
DMHerinya December 05, 2012 at 11:15 PM
oh dear, I meant to say I'm NOT being sarcastic. . That was one heck of a typo. whoops.
NJ EMT December 05, 2012 at 11:37 PM
It disappeared because the owner was tried and convicted of child endangerment and his franchise license was revoked... http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/new-jersey/njdce/2:2012cv03307/275047/22
Natalie Davis (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 01:15 AM
DM Herinya, We got the news of the impending new occupant after publication. Since then, this has been a fun game of "what if" and a great place for folks opposed to the Waterview Plaza development proposal to vent. Can't speak for anyone else, but I enjoy reading people's thoughts in most instances.

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