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What Should Replace Nearly New?

The University of Pennsylvania thrift shop closed permanently in June. What do you think should move into this space?

Lately, we've been asking Patch readers about what kind of businesses they think should move into vacant spots around town.

The subject of this week's Vision for a Vacancy is 26 E Athens Ave. in Ardmore.

After 51 years in Ardmore, . The stand-alone building, right next to the , has been empty since the University of Pennsylvania thrift shop moved out.

The spot is zoned commercial, and so could house another retail shop.

What do you think would be a good fit for this space? Tell us in the comments.

C Martin September 06, 2012 at 09:37 AM
A British/French style tea salon.
Emily Gerber September 06, 2012 at 01:38 PM
A dog hotel.
Mildred Roberts September 06, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Rezone it Residential and return it to a private home.
Brian A. September 06, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Probably the best idea. That part of Athens really doesn't get enough foot traffic to sustain most stores.
Amanda Mahnke (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Brian, I think you're right. When I posted the piece on Nearly New closing, I got several "What? Never even knew it was there!" comments. I'd think for a business to survive there, it would need to be a destination location—a specialty shop rather than a place that relies on foot traffic. (Which fits the other suggestions above, too.)

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