Visions for Vacancies: What Should Replace Braintree's Borders?

What would you like to see in the vacant store font at 255 Grossman Dr.?

, and has since seen for a brief stint around Halloween. In a new feature on Braintree Patch, we're asking readers to suggest what they would like to see in vacant storefronts around town. What kind of business would you like to visit at the 27,500-square-foot store?

On June 2, Quincy-based The Grossman Companies, Inc., along with Dinosaur Capital Partners of Boston, bought the store for $4 million, according to a statement on Dinosaur's website.

that the Braintree location would close by the end of May. It was among 228 stores across the country that were scheduled for closing as part of the company's bankruptcy plan. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York approved a reorganization plan on Feb. 17 for the bookseller, the nation's second largest after Barnes & Noble.

Dinosaur Capital says the "stand-alone box is a prime retail site in an excellent power center containing Best Buy, Staples, KMart, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Sports Authority, Petsmart and others."

Let us know in the comments section what you think should go here.

Maria Doyle March 16, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Trader Joe's please!
Frank March 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Yeah! Trader Joe's!!!
Kelly March 16, 2012 at 02:28 PM
A full day kindergarten center!!!!
Sean March 16, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Joe, when was it a former restaurant?? Toyota was the site of the old Hilltop. I think it would be a great spot for a Trader Joe's as well. CC- we already have a TJ Maxx in Braintree.
Joseph Markman (Editor) March 16, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Sean – good call, I mixed up the geography. Hey all – We'll be doing this feature regularly. Any ideas for another vacant space to feature?
Foley Family March 16, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I like the Trader Joe's idea !!
Foley Family March 16, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Trader Joe's would be great !
Steve Ryder March 16, 2012 at 07:42 PM
it was grossmans lumber had an old tank out front
Gregory Alessandro March 16, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Whole Foods, Old Country Buffet, Trader Joe's
Michael March 17, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Whole Foods.
Elly March 17, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I also am going to go with a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods....we need a good healthy grocery store here in Braintree....
Kathy March 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Kathy March 17, 2012 at 10:56 AM
If you would like to have a Trader Joe's in Braintree, please let the company know. Go to the Trader Joe's website. They have a location request page. http://www.traderjoes.com/about/location-requests-form.asp
Joseph Markman (Editor) March 17, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Great idea Kathy!
Mary McConarty Hunt March 26, 2012 at 02:40 PM
YEA!!! Trader Joe's!!! :o)
Tim April 27, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I love the people of Braintree!!! We all think alike. I've been dreaming of a WHole Foods or Trader Joes at the Borders store since it closed. Let's hope the Mayor and his development team read this....
Tim April 27, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Whole foods has a similar site to request a store in our area. The link is, http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company/service.php?subject=12#viaemail
Mary McConarty Hunt April 28, 2012 at 05:39 AM
I sent a message to Trader Joe's :o)
JH May 08, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Robert Kearns August 30, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Yes Yes Yes Bring Trader Joe's To BRAINTREE!
Robert Kearns August 30, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Yes Trader Joe's
Robert Kearns August 30, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Trader Joe's could still lease half of the building http://braintree.patch.com/articles/guitar-center-leasing-half-of-braintree-s-old-borders-building-beauty-store-incoming
Gracie's Mom January 31, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Market Basket or Trader Joes
Jeanne Zarrella January 31, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Joe I think you are right....if my memory serves me, there was a Vallee's steak house up there back in the 70's.....not that you're old enough to remember but yes, I am!
Matt January 31, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Forget Market Basket and Trader Joe's. Hooters should go in there. Or even Tilted Kilt.
J Sh January 31, 2013 at 09:45 PM
You should make a new one of these for the empty Staples down on Pearl Street.
Sandy January 31, 2013 at 10:11 PM
a market basket
Matt February 01, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I thought it would be a good spot for a Christmas Tree Shop. But then I learned the the same co that owns Christmas Tree Shops owns Bed Bath and Beyond. And there is a BB&B near there so they not likely going to put a Christmas Tree Shop there. I know companies like to spread their stores out.
Steve Ryder February 01, 2013 at 09:30 PM
office depot
Sandy February 01, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Thats not a bad idea either Steve


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