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What Would You Like to See Fill the Old St. Charles Borders?

This is the first in a series of weekly columns asking St. Charles Patch readers what they would want to see move into an empty storefront.

A little more than a year ago, Borders announced it would close about 200 stores across the country—including the St. Charles location.

By July, the bookstore giant pushed ahead with closing all of its retail locations as the company struggled with Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

This left a noticeable hole in St. Charles' east side business corridor. Filling that spot would likely be a boon for the shopping centers that surround and neighbor it.

What would you like to see in the old Borders storefront? Share your ideas in the comments.

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felicite March 09, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Trader Joes! so we do not have to drive all the way up into Batavia/Randall Road.
Pam March 09, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Trader Joe's, Fresh Market or Whole Foods.
Ken March 09, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Whole Foods!
Nancy March 09, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I vote with Pam, any of the 3 would be a boost to our east side. Or how about a Woodman's? Really,,,,any of these stores I would be very happy with.
CG March 09, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I agree with the three suggestions. We need a healthy food store choice on the East Side!
Di March 09, 2012 at 04:02 PM
something for kids to do that is not extremely expensive. kids being middle school and high school.
Karl Brubaker March 09, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Trader Joes. The place just prints money. I love it.
JJMuenz March 09, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I agree with Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, however what about the Charlestown Mall vacancies? Not one permit has been applied for from the supposed buffet restaurant or ice rink, and now Payless is closing to add to the vacant store fronts. I am far more concerned about that enormous retail graveyard than a single store front in a strip mall.
Lois Lane March 09, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Payless is closing? Bummer! I vote with Pam too for the Border site.
Nick Swedberg (Editor) March 09, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I like the Whole Foods idea.
Lauren Barsotti March 12, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Any chance on a H.E.B (Here Everything is Better) from Texas......combo of Whole Foods, Trader Joes, & Jewel (yet better prices than Jewel). Or a Pay Way....P.F Chang spin off (Noodles/Panera set up)....very yummy & healthy. We DO NOT need more fast food!!
Holy Moly!!! March 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM
WHOLE FOODS!!!

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