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Visions for Vacancies: What Should Fill This Empty Storefront?

Haddonfield has empty storefronts. You have ideas. Let's hear what you want to see added to Haddonfield's business community.

Welcome to Haddonfield Patch's new feature, Visions for Vacancies. Haddonfield has several empty storefronts and we want to know what Haddonfielders want to see there.

First up, 124 Haddon Ave. This property, which boasts 2,425 square feet in space and previously housed a driving school, sits between a pizza joint and another empty store. It's down the block from on one end and on the other. There is metered parking out front.

What would you like to see in this store? A retail store? Perhaps a sandwich place? An ice-cream shop maybe?

Share your vision for this vacancy in the comments section below.

HaddonGirl April 07, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Isn't that what PfH PAYs somebody to "envision"?
Lauren Burgoon April 07, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Sure, but I think we've all been in the position of seeing a store filled and thinking "Aw man, I wish ________ opened there instead." In my case, it's always Trader Joe's. No room in Haddonfield right now, though.
Jim April 07, 2012 at 01:31 PM
You need to have mixed use in the100 and 400 blocks stores.You can attract various businesses to these stores and have more owner occupants in the second floor apt if you allow more use than just retail which is why we have so may vacanies in these stores the cuurent zoning is wrong for these two areas of stores.The properties are taxed to high to at the depressed values of these vacant stores.The borough has done nothing in incentives as in 5 year tax abatements for facade or other store improvements or granting zoning variances to these areas and these stores will remain vacant for several years to come without the above changes.
Missy Schwartz April 07, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I would love to see a working artists studio cooperative.
Brian Kelly April 07, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Jim Rhoads makes a great point. Once you get away from the downtown area running a business becomes problematic. Most visiting shoppers rarely stray from kings highway. Even the shops on tanner st. suffer from this problem. Missy's idea is very interesting. Something like a working artists studio co op is unique and could be capable of drawing a different client base...one that doesn't rely on the kings highway trade. It could help in promoting the arts, something beneficial to any town. Haddonfield's business commission has shown little interest in thinking outside the box when it comes to problem solving. What we need is independent thinking and new ideas, like the ones Jim and Missy just gave. Maybe every new idea won't ultimately work but they get the ball rolling and from there, anything is possible. Sometimes a blending of these ideas produce memorable results. A forum with ideas from business owners, realtors, local residents and the Haddonfield Historical society would be outstanding. These are the people who could make real change possible while staying true to the town's heritage.
Maryann Campling April 07, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Messrs.Kelly and Rhodes make some impressive points, I, however, would like to see the downtown shopping area revert to the old days when we had a real bakery, a bookseller, hardware store, pet supply shop, and clothing/shoes stores where you could buy an article of clothing without having to sell a kidney. The only stores I patronize anymore are the cleaners, the Acme and CVS. I miss the days when Haddonfield was truly small town America.
Tim Zatzariny Jr. (Editor) April 07, 2012 at 08:45 PM
With Borders gone, I'm surprised more downtowns don't have independent bookstores to fill the gap.
Jim April 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Having a mix use would bring a old town feel back to Haddonfield with different businesses making improvements to the building in these blocks of vacant stores.Proper zoning can add value to these two blocks that need to be redeveloped to fill up the vacancies and bring a proper mix of businesses.

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