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What Should Open in the Ron's TV Building?

In a new weekly series, Patch asks readers how they would fill empty storefronts around Wheaton.

The old Ron's TV store is for lease at the corner of Liberty Drive and Hale Street in downtown Wheaton. A design has been approved for the 1927 building, but no businesses currently occupy the space. The design would feature brick, stone and caping, similar to the Il Sogno building across the tracks.

The available space is 4,561 square feet, and is divisible to 916 square feet with its space options.

The first space is 3,645 square feet, divisible to 1,050 square feet, with 12-foot ceilings. The space is $12 per square foot per year. The second area of the space is in the same building, at 207 S. Hale St. The 916-square-foot space was formerly a nail salon, and is also $12 per square foot per year.

The second space option is the entire 10,918-square-foot, two-story building.

Patch asked the same question on its Facebook page. Here is what people said:

  • Kyu said, "Anything but a bank. Maybe a bakery."
  • Steve said, "Argo Tea or Chipotle"
  • Jim said, "How about Ron's TV"

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Nancy Chovancek September 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Apple Store! We need a draw into Wheaton and Apple is "IT".
Tom October 03, 2012 at 02:21 PM
A lot of us lifelong Wheaton residents remember Bessers. The problem with Wheaton now, is that the council and planning committee think they can attract customers that go to Danada to shop into downtown Wheaton. Think Geneva if Wheaton truly wants to reinvigorate the downtown business district. Let the ritzy people have their Apple store in Danada, where they usually shop anyway.
Tom October 03, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Good idea. Or maybe an old fashioned 24 hour diner. Make the downtown more blue collar friendly and it will live again. The people with lots of money rarely shop there at all. Toys and Things brought people downtown, and so did Woolworth's. As well as Gaede's, Edwin David, and Round The Clock.
Tom October 03, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I totally disagree. Only people with lots of disposable cash can shop at such a place. Those types of people don't come to downtown Wheaton very often.
Tom October 03, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I worked for the city of Wheaton for 20 years and saw the demise of the downtown bus district firsthand. The building of Danada was only the 1st step, not the clincher. The planning committee thought widening Naperville road would provide a highway that dead-ended into the downtown area. What they foolishly disregarded was...the fact that the road also led OUT of downtown and towards Danada. They would never admit that though. Now they think they can compete with Danada for those Danada residents for that Danada cash. Not gonna happen. Think about it.

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