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What Should Happen With the Old Blockbuster Building?

The video rental chain closed down its Foothill Boulevard location earlier this year. What business would you like to see take its place?

Streaming video and on-demand services continue to push video rental chains out of the movie market, and the in Monrovia was not spared.

The Blockbuster on Foothill Boulevard closed its doors earlier this year, leaving an empty storefront in a prime location behind. The owners are still looking for a new tenant, according to the city's My Business Blog.

"The site, which has been vacant since early this year, has 6,160 square feet at 123 W. Foothill at a lease rate of $2 per square feet," the blog reads.

Another high profile closure on Foothill Boulevard----also shut down earlier this year, and the building that once provided international foods and groceries will now become an office building.

Do you want a new retail business to supplant Blockbuster? What would you like to see at the site?

Robert Parry May 04, 2012 at 05:50 AM
When we moved to town in 2006, The Foothill-Myrtle area had a budding antiques district (including two stores in the same building we're discussing) which has almost entirely disappeared now. A bookstore is a nice idea, but that entire industry is barely viable. In the end, I think a low customer flow office-type business is best, given the challenges of parking, etc. Or, that stretch of road could really use another coffee shop.
Monrovia Tech Support May 04, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Wil's Sport and Tackle just opened at 310 S. Myrtle. If he doesnt have what you need all you have to do is let him know :-)
Jeanine Thomas Scott May 04, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I agree w/ Robert. I think an office type business is best given the lack of parking. However, I believe the same owner owns the drive-thru coffee shop property. The only way he could get a retail establishment into the old Blockbuster (like a sit down restaurant), is if he tore down that coffee hut and created more parking.
genevieve May 07, 2012 at 11:31 AM
This probably sounds weird but how about getting together with the animal shelters and have , not exactly a pet shop but a display place for pets that need homes. Get volunteers to care for them and try to find homes for them. Is there some kind of tax break for sponsoring homeless pets. How about getting vets to donate time, even twice a month and use the place to free spay and neuter dogs and cats. Use students from the highschool to learn and assist the vets. The kids get experience in science and get credits. ?????
Beth Chrisinger May 17, 2012 at 05:21 AM
What about a good Donut shop? We only have 1 by 7/11. So I say a donut shop cross from pavilions there's coffee cross the street. but out of every other stores thats doubled to tripled a really good donut shop to sit down in and use a CARD not just cash like other shops.

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