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VISIONS FOR VACANCIES: What Should be Done With Vacant Space at Redstone Shopping Center?

Let us know your suggestions by posting a comment in the comments section below.

Empty storefronts aren't an uncommon finding in most communities these days and Stoneham is no exception. So, with that in mind we'll be featuring a different vacant business in town, and you can let us know what you'd like to see done with the building or property.

What would you like to see happen with the nearly 20,000 square feet of vacant space at Redstone Shopping Center located near  and in front of and the ? Tell us your visions for the property in the comments section below.

 

Diana April 19, 2012 at 07:21 PM
How about a movie theater?
Steve Walles April 19, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I miss the old General Cinema at Redstone! After Star Market and Shaw's, how about Market Basket or Whole Foods Market at Redstone? MB in Reading should move there as they are currently too close to Stop & Shop. At least one more place to eat, I wouldn't mind Old Country Buffet so I wouldn't have to go to the Meadow Glen Mall in Medford. Stoneham has a LOT of pizza shops but I am one of the few who would go out of my way for Pizza Hut! The old Baja Fresh spot definitely needs to be a restaurant. The planning board needs to reconsider putting Dunkin's where Boston Market was and put it there instead, and the sidewalk could be reconstructed to accommodate a drive-through. Expand Five Guys to where BM was, their dining area is very small! Perhaps a Barnes & Noble bookstore? B&N also sells CDs and DVDs, which is sorely missed by FYE's departure. I mean, someplace that appeals to all consumers and not just specialized stores like AutoZone or Michael's Crafts. Granted, nothing could ever bring back what made Redstone so great in the 70s and 80s, but we have to start somewhere.
Ian St. John April 19, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Outback Steak House, Fuddruckers, or Ocean State Job Lot or all three would be nice.
Susan Lynn April 19, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Christmas Tree Shop, Nordstrom Rack, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Walmart
Liz Leahy April 19, 2012 at 08:36 PM
A Target where Ames used to be would be wonderful - especially if it was a Super Target that had groceries too. And can we PUHLEASE get a Starbucks in Stoneham?
Mandy Riddell April 19, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Target or Walmart or Outback!!!
DDiOrio April 19, 2012 at 11:50 PM
I think it would be great to add an entertainment element into Redstone Plaza! I would be opposed to BIG chain stores as so many already exist! Not to mention the insane traffic jams it would produce! It would be great to see some more local businesses fill in those spaces!
M April 20, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Not to sound like a naysayer...with a target practically next door in Woburn and Walmart in North Reading, can't see either one going in Stoneham. Whole foods is coming to Lynnfield already. I don't see any DVD or CD stores making any kind of comeback - I heard that by end of 2012 music CDs by many major labels will no longer be sold in stores. Alas, what seems to be thriving are dollar stores (They are in Woburn, N. Reading, Wilmington, Medford already). I would love Trader Joe's but someone in Reading said (when Atlantic left & we wanted one) that the company considers its Burlington and Saugus stores close enough to our market. I think a Bed Bath & Beyond would be a good fit (nearest are in Burlington & Saugus). I still miss Kitchen Etc. There are few stores anymore with full, consistent, quality lines of kitchenware and appliances. Kohls tries but is often too cluttered and lacking inventory.
Keith Turner April 20, 2012 at 09:32 AM
It doesn't matter to me because I live in NH now, but I'm having flashback to the days of Caldor where Ames was, the 2nd run movie theater in the back where you could catch a movie for $2.50, the name escapes me but the store next Caldor with the lunch counter in front, Star Market where the Paper Store (Hallmark sign out front) and show store now are, and of course Brighams where the pet store now is. And props if you can go down the street and remember when Stop & Shop was "Gallahue's"!!
deborah gudzevich April 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Keith, the store you're thinking of was woolworths and Grants was at the other end where Marshels is now. Also I remember getting word that Gallahues had opened on Feb. 8, 1978. We piled the kids on a sled and went there to get bread and milk.
Melisa Passanisi Thorne April 20, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I am against putting anything in Redstone that will put local small business owners out of business. That is why I'm not in favor of a Barnes and Nobel. If one is put there then we can say goodbye to the used book store near the center. With that said, I'd be happy to see a Best Buy in Redstone.
justmyopinion April 22, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I miss Cherry Webb~ Would love to see a Nordstrom Rack or Bed Bath and Beyond for myself. It would be nice if there was someplace the kids could go so they wouldn't be hanging on the streets - some type of old fashion ice cream shop/ coffee shop with a nice area to work with internet service. Small scale movie theatre.
FayeD April 23, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Trader Joe's would be a fantastic fit for that space. Old Navy might be nice as well. I'm all set with another auto parts place, pharmacy, pizza hut or Asian cuisine. Starbucks, perhaps, or a bagel place? A meeting place or somewhere for kids to gather as the person above suggested.
Tara May 01, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I would love Trader Joe's, Not Your Average Joes, Nordstrom Rack, Burton's Grill, something that will bring people to the town another pizza place won't do it.
JPothier Francis May 02, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Trader Joe's would be wonderful. A pub like British Beer Company would be grand. A few years back I contacted several businesses giving them the specifics and demographic of the area. Heard back from Job Lot but they found the spot in Medford more to their liking. People love the green space of Stoneham--we need to support the completion of the bike path and add businesses that encourage visitors and citizens to spend time and money in our beautiful town. JP
Steve Walles May 02, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Tulip, the new Asian cuising lounge/restaurant currently setting up shop in part of the front side of the old Gilchrist/Caldor/Ames building, opens in two weeks. I walked by it the other day, one of their employees stepped out and I asked him and that's what he said.
Steve Walles May 02, 2012 at 02:06 PM
*Cuisine
Mark Ouellette (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Hi Steve, Thanks for the note. No official opening date yet announced for Tulip, but a representative has said they are opening "very soon." If we can get an opening date, we'll post it to the site.
Diana May 02, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I agree with M. The big stores are already in the surrounding towns. My husband asked about a dollar store years ago and the plaza management told him their plaza was too upscale for that! I think something the area needs is more family friendly businesses. Something like bowling, video games, there is a place in Meredith called Funspot, something like that would be great! There is not enough for young people in town. We had movies and a bowling alley years ago.
Todd Davis May 02, 2012 at 09:09 PM
How about bringing back a bowling alley to stoneham where the shaws was.... just no more pizza places please!!!
JennyC May 20, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I would love to see a Trader Joes, Wegmans, or Whole Foods in the old Shaws spot to diversify the grocery options in town. I agree with others that a coffee house (eg Starbucks) with ample seating and wifi would be great. Maybe in the Baja Fresh spot?
bitsnbytes December 24, 2012 at 04:25 AM
The space would be good for an Aldi's. It's 8 miles from their nearest store in Medford.
Steve Walles February 20, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Construction going on in the former Lindt Factory Outlet location. Anyone hear anything about what's going on there? I won't hold my breath for something to move into the old Shaw's building. I go to Shaw's in Wakefield. It's nice and spacious, therefore better-equipped to handle large crowds, and several people who worked at the Stoneham location are now there. Stop & Shop is always a zoo. Especially the so-called "solution center". I get in line just to play lottery, and the people ahead of me in line are placing money orders, plus, there is only one employee on duty there. It never fails.

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