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Visions for Vacancies: What Should Take Blockbuster's Place in Fenton?

As one store closes, what are your ideas for the best use of the soon-to-be vacant Blockbuster Video space?

The Blockbuster video store is in the midst of and inventory clearance sale as it prepares to close its doors Feb. 19 at 72 Gravois Plaza, Fenton. The retail space in Olde Towne Fenton will soon be available for a new tenant.

Thew question is: What kind of business would represent the best, or most welcome, use for the space. What should go there?

Set aside for the time being any thoughts of zoning for the property, or special city requirements. It's clearly  a retail zone currently, but a new proprietor may have a different idea. There are hundreds of businesses in Fenton. What new business does it need?

Now is your time to weigh in with your wish list. What would you like to see in the vacated Blockbuster space? The store in Gravois Plaza is near several restaurants, an Aldi's grocery store and adjacent to US Bank. A competitor, Hollywood Video, was located in the Gravois Bluffs shopping center, but it closed months ago.

According to the Blockbuster website, the company has more than 5,000 stores worldwide, soon to be 4,999. Once a prime outlet for videotape and then DVD rentals, Blockbuster now offers movies via vending machines, by mail or by digital downloads. Last year, Blockbuster was purchased by Dish Network Corporation, following the filing by Blockbuster of Chapter 11 bancruptcy, according to the website. Blockbuster is a wholly owned subsidisary of Dish Network Corp.

Now that the Blockbuster in Fenton will soon be shutting down, what should go there that would be an asset to the area. Please let us know what you think by adding a comment to this article.

Michael Hoffmann January 28, 2012 at 04:29 AM
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Denise Bertacchi January 28, 2012 at 03:56 PM
With the Dollar General and Aldi's in there, another thrifty place might work well, like a children's resale.
K T January 29, 2012 at 01:20 AM
A resale shop is a good idea for that space. I would love to see something like a 'Bounce-U' or Monkey Joes in one of the vacant spots in Gravois Bluffs because I think they have the necessary space and height.
Cindy February 03, 2012 at 02:44 AM
What about an interactive craft place like the paint your own pottery, design/craft alliance type place. We have no cultural artistic outlets in Fenton.

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