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What Should Go Into the Former Borders Bookstore Building?

Visions for Vacancies: The former Borders bookstore along Randall Road is still vacant after the company was liquidated in 2011. What would you like to see in that building?

The former Borders bookstore at 1660 S. Randall Road was a wonderful place to go to find a good story. Now, the story of the bookstore's former home needs a happy ending.

The 24,000-square-foot building has been vacant since the Borders group was liquidated in the summer of 2011. The property, which includes about 3 acres of prime Randall Road real estate, is for sale for an unknown asking price, according to LoopNet.

Having that building in play would be a great boost for city sales tax revenue and the health of the local economy.

The big question is, what should go in there?

Is there a major retailer you'd like to see? Are there other uses for the building that would be attractive to the surrounding businesses and west-side homeowners?

A lot of attention of late has been focused on the vacancies in downtown Geneva, but the Randall Road corridor is arguably just as important to the city's future. So Patch is asking, what would you like to see in the former Borders building? Share your ideas in the comments section below.

Tooth Fairy April 02, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I would suggest a thrift store or a ReStore resale outlets (Habitat’s ReStore resale outlets sell reusable and surplus building materials to the public While every ReStore outlet is a little different, most focus on home improvement goods like furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances. )
ann holt-harris April 02, 2012 at 11:01 AM
I vote for Whole Foods. I know I wanted Whole Foods to be downtown but that is unrealistic - this is a better location leaving Merra Lee for Eileen Fisher or Dick Blick.
Noel G. Rooks April 02, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I'd love to see another bookstore. I know during the initial liquidation, the Geneva Borders stayed open because it was profitable. Books A Milion? That may not be feasable though, so I am agreeing with a Whole Foods or similar. Parking is not a problem there like it would be downtown. Then maybe an Apple store *is a good idea in the Merra Lee space. It would bring people in, and while they were there all the other shops would benefit. Win win.
Chad Baker April 02, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I would like a real computer store. I am sick of paying $9 in shipping for small computer parts. Tiger Direct or Micro Center would be great.
Michael H. April 02, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Another bookstore, Whole Foods, a restaurant-nightclub, Lou Malnati's restaurant, Pinstripes recreation center.
Linda April 29, 2012 at 05:03 PM
an apple store
Sherry October 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM
A recreation center - indoor soccer, LaCrosse, Women's and co-ed Boot Camps, football; sport birthday parties. The parking would be great. Add bleacher seating for parents with nets and glass guards. Sell sport clothing and sports drinks. Add a protien shake/smoothie bar. A kid zone babysitting area for mom's at boot camps. Gymboree may rent space during day; the one my kids attended in another state was busy 9-12 every day.

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