Which Business Should Open Shop in Stoneham?

In a perfect world, what would you like to see in town?

Sure, we all walk past an empty storefront in Stoneham once in a while - but do you ever imagine what could take it's place?

Well, we do. So we wanted to ask: in a perfect world, what kind of businesses would you like to see in Stonheam? 

We're open-minded, too: it can be your favorite chain restaurant, a department store, a clothing outlet or something completely out-of-the-box. The only catch is suggesting a business that could bring dollars and improve qualify of life in town. 

Share your ideas with our readers in the comments section below.

BookOasis July 24, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Barnes and Noble would hardly help my business! We need more unique businesses that don't already have locations just a few miles from Stoneham. The businesses need to draw shoppers into Stoneham and make it a destination town, without putting an existing shop out of business. The loss of the Natural Food store to Reading was a big one, we need more one-of-a-kind shops like that. Yes, competition is good, but Stoneham is too small to have competing furniture stores, book stores or the like. Newbury Comics is a great suggestion, as is the second-run theatre. How about an arcade, billiard hall, batting cage, go-carts type enterprise with lots of activities for summer, rainy days, long winters?? One big facility with a variety of activities would be golden.
Jillian July 24, 2012 at 03:02 PM
MARKET BASKET! For the love of mary someone needs to occupy the former Shaws location and Market Basket would be IDEAL!
Jillian July 24, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I am still waiting for Waxy's to open in the former SPUDS spot - if you aren't familiar i highly recommend visiting the location in Lexington - best irish pub in the area!
Mary Lou Bracciotti August 17, 2012 at 06:22 PM
A fish market much like the Cherry St. Fish Market in Danvers.
Jerry August 24, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Starbucks? Are you kidding? Don't you think having two Dunkin' Donuts and a Honey Dew are enough? I agree that a new grocery store in the Shaw's site would be great, and a Christmas Tree Shop even better.
kathleen September 11, 2012 at 12:01 PM
i def. agree with a market basket where the old shaws is. Its already well equipped with everything a supermarket needs. That building is going to waste
Tara September 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I like the idea of movie theater, bowlling alley so some "social" kid friendly business. Enough with the chains (starbucks, etc.) bring in something unique to the town!
PETER PIERCE September 11, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Kathy Klagholz September 11, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Market Basket and or Traders Joe. Stop a and Shop way too expensive. Then I think S&S would go under and then any of the other suggestions. could take their place. In this economy, consumers should not have to pay at least double for the exact products.
Nancy September 11, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I agree with Kathy, Market Basket or Trader Joe's
Jeff Dearman September 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Olive Garden, X-mas tree shop, Dollar store, and Market basket
Jeff Dearman September 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
What about a cafe that caters to pet owners, that allows owners to eat with their pets could have an outdoor patio>?
Jeff Dearman September 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Could be associated with petlife too
Joanie September 12, 2012 at 02:04 AM
how about a chuck e. cheese, or a sky zone.
Jeff Dearman September 12, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Krusty Crab Burger joint would be cool =) heh heh (just kidding) How abotu a bowling alley/cafe/and arcade kids would love it.
M September 12, 2012 at 02:42 AM
A market basket there would be, what, less than 3 miles from the Woburn and Reading Market Baskets? I assume any person with a vehicle would just blow off the overpriced S&S and head to Reading. I just don't see MB going into the Shaws site. .Then again Market Basket felt free to plop itself about 100 feet from the Stop & Shop in Reading. Too many of the other suggestions, e.g., Barnes & Noble and Newbury Comics, are for stores whose primary products are suffering stiff online competition & competition from new technologies; I just don't see those expanding. Sure, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Ocean State Job Lot are expanding in the area, but I don't view any of these businesses going into the area as a positive sign. I think a Bed Bath and Beyond would be a decent bet (I still miss the old Kitchen etc) -- the nearest one is 7 miles away in Burlington or 10 miles away in Danvers. Old Navy also; nearest ones are Sq one mall in Saugus (about 5 miles?), Burlington (7 miles), Everett (8 miles?), and Danvers (10 miles?).
Jeff Dearman September 12, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I disagree. I think the Ocean State Job lot is a great store and Christmas tree shops or an IKEA would be good choices. how about the container store too???
Jeff Dearman September 12, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I like the idea of a Bowling Alley-arcade-cafe for families
Jeff Dearman September 12, 2012 at 02:46 AM
there isnt really a bowling alley close to wakefield-stoneham (except woburn and arlington lanes and games)
Tom M September 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM
Why not stay away from retail stores & think about a Mass General Hospital or Lahey clinic. Stay away from places our kids will hang out at. Don't breed potential gang or drug related problems in our town. Traffic is bad enough on Rt 28 let's not add more. Our auto insurance premiums are based on the number of incidents in Stoneham. Why add personal costs to our every day lives.
Jeff Dearman September 12, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Kids need a place in Stoneham to go to. THere arent many kid friendly businesses and things for kids to do in stoneham - traffic is bad anywhere. The redstone plaza is a good location right off the highway people dont really need to go to far through stoneham to get to it. Stoneham kids need a place to do things instead of cause mischief in town
Jeff Dearman September 12, 2012 at 02:45 PM
And a bowling alley wouldnt be just kids, seniors nearby and adults use bowling alleys too - Tom you're probably one of those NIMBYs who are against everything that ever comes into town. You're probably against the tri community bike path too. wouldnt' be surprised
Jeff Dearman September 12, 2012 at 02:47 PM
if half the people who were millionaires or even hundred thousandaires - gave a small amount a few thousand to the town half the towns wouldnt have their budget issues. the problem is everyone esp the rich people expect that everything be handed to them on a silver platter and they dont care about the town itself
Jeff Dearman September 12, 2012 at 02:50 PM
My town in Winchester is hurting financially - yet we have over half the town with multi million dollar houses or at least $700,.000+ you pretty much have to be close to a millionaire or at least over $50.000 a year to live in Winchester. People here in Stoneham and Winchester Have money Why dont they start giving some back to the towns instead of let the towns go bankrupt slowly. If people would donate some money to help pay for projects like a new high school, bike path, or store project it would help ease the burden on the towns. Yet people just expect everything to be handed to them without a cost to them. And B*tch every time a new project comes in. Nimbys need to go away the kids need a place to play and such instead of hanging out in makeshift skate parks throughout the towns. - and causing trouble. An Arcade/Bowling alley would be great.
Kim Savage September 12, 2012 at 03:37 PM
100% agree the kids need some place to go!
Chris September 12, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I'd love to see a "dinner and a movie" second run theater - like the Strand in Clinton, or Chunky's.
Joey P September 13, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Looks like there will be a Bassett Furniture store and bed bath and beyond (again?) next to the new Tulip Restaurant... http://www.wsdevelopment.com/images/Properties/54/leaseplan.pdf
M September 13, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Well, I'm psyched about the Bed Bath & Beyond...but I wouldn't say "again"...back around 1999-2000 or so it was a Kitchen Etc in that spot, next to Ames. I cannot recall when it was ever BBB. There used to be a Linens n Things over in Reading where the Golf Warehouse is now -- the Linens n Things was there since that plaza opened around 2003/2004 or so, and closed around 2008/2009 think. Good Luck to Bassett competing with Jordan's furniture just a couple of miles away. I too wish for a Trader Joe's in that spot, but I've read here that other's have said Trader Joes feels its Burlington, Peabody & Saugus stores are close enough that no store is needed in this spot. Personally, I think if Trader Joe's were there it would be one of its busiest...our area is grossly underserved in the natural/organic grocery market.
justmyopinion September 14, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I agree, the kids in our town need a place to go. Many just walk the streets at night or hang around down the common. This doesn't lead to anything good happening. As previously mentioned, a small theatre, bowling alley and or arcade would be great for our kids and adults as well. An old fashioned eatery with basic burgers and shakes for example would be great for the kids. Why not offer a "sofa room" off the eatery with free WIFI so our kids could have a place to meet up after school and in the evenings to do their homework....
John December 06, 2012 at 04:42 AM
+1 on Chunky's. The town also needs a grocery choice other than MB or S&S. If you want to shop MB, drive your car practically an exit down 95 either way. Trader Joe's would be best but Hannaford isn't a bad choice. Although they are more expensive than MB, they are that way b/c they have a healthier selection.


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