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What Should Take the Former Laundromat's Place in Sussex?

The old Laundromat on Main Street has been vacant for months. Have any suggestions?

Consider this your virtual way of reaching out to Sussex officials, a modern spin on going to the CDA and Plan Commission meetings to submit your comments. 

Each week Sussex Patch will be taking a vacant building or plot of land in town and turning it over to our readers to decide what they think should be in the space. Forget about the complicated regulations, the zoning restrictions and everything else that might put a wrench in your genius idea. 

Plain and simple: What business do you want in this specific location?

For the first week of our column we'll start with one of the most visible and accessible pieces of commercial real estate currently up for lease: the empty storefront between and the new  on Main Street.

What once was a Laundromat is now a 3,000-square-foot concrete structure with dusty windows that could really use some T.L.C. 

"The owner of that building was running that Laundromat, and some things started to break so he just decided to close sometime over the course of the last year," said Jeremy Smith, the village administrator.

In passing, an employee at Marcileno's Pizzeria said the owner, Marvin King, mentioned the idea of buying the adjacent property and transforming it into an additional dining space for his pizza restaurant. 

That specific multi-tenant building sees an average annual daily traffic of 10,200 people, so whatever takes the Laundromat's place could see a lot of business.

However, it's been closed for months, so the real question is:

What business do you want there?

Tammy January 26, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I agree - I would love to see a Fashion Bug. Other thoughts...Stonecold Icecream! or Bath & Body! Jimmy Johns!
Andy Ambrosius January 26, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Ugh - Jimmy. Johns. I think that would be perfect here.
Me in the Falls January 27, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Although a teen hang out is an idea from the right motives, teens don't spend enough money just hanging out to keep a business going. You don't see stand alone arcades because they are not profitable. I would love to see some small, unique business there. A computer and electronics repair place, a nifty bookstore, a bike store right nest to the bug line (Bugline Bikes?), ... Something useful, but unique would be nice.
Katie Mescher Glafcke January 27, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I agree with "Me in the Falls" suggestions - book shop, bike shop, or other locally-owned business would be great. And, if you haven't tried the cruller's from Piggly Wiggly's bakery you are missing out.
erik1779 January 28, 2012 at 02:44 PM
How about a nice dinner restaurant something other than those sports bars that sell mediocre food at best

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