What Should Open in the Vacant Retail Space at 124 N. Hale St.?

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

A vacant retail space at 124 N. Hale St. in downtown Wheaton is available for rent.

Located between restaurant and , the space is long and narrow, and zoned for street retail.

The 2,604-square-foot space is listed at $3,255 per monthβ€”$15 per square foot per year, or $39,060,and taxes are $4.46 per square foot, according to the property description. Business owners can learn more about opening in downtown Wheaton on the Downtown Wheaton Association website.

Last week, we asked you what should open in the Wheaton Grand Theater building. The week before that, we asked you what should open in the old JB Winterberry space.

or, for the .

Whether it's a new indoor market, department store or something completely new, we want to hear what businesses you'd most like to see take over at 124 N. Hale St. in downtown Wheaton.

Share your ideas in the comments.


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Brigitte Konrad August 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I would love to see Wheaton get a bakery that would stay open, a really good bakery would be great!
joe the plumber August 29, 2012 at 04:25 PM
11,600.00 in Taxes !!!! Anyone who has owned a business in Wheaton knows it's pretty difficult to run a small business with that tax rate. How many donuts does that bakery need to sell JUST TO PAY TAXES let alone all else is involved in running a business. Here's a clue: Low taxes brings in business, thus jobs, thus shoppers which means more revenue. The more Wheaton becomes democratic, the more it will become a ghost town- LOOK at California !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
joe the plumber August 29, 2012 at 04:35 PM
At .50 profit of each donut (which is a generous figure) bakery would need to sell 23,200 donuts per month, which is 773 donuts per day just to pay the taxes. Offer a much lower tax base to attract business to Wheaton- They will employ people- those people will pay taxes rather then suck the taxes we make- and people will be attracted to shop in Wheaton which will bring more revenue and help those business's grow. Economics 101.
Gregg Slapak August 30, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Chicago-Style HotDoggery with area memorabilia and possible beer garden. Sports shop No more day spas/salons Pet supply store
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I like that idea!
Pat E. August 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Pancake house/bakery. Egglectic and Egg Harbor seem to do well. It could be called Nook and Granny featuring Granny's Buckwheat Pancakes. Make it Breakfast Row in Wheaton
Pat E. August 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM
That's just my preference. How about someone to compete with Gino's East...a sit down pizza place like Barone's of Glen Ellyn. START A WHEATON DYNASTY!
Steven L. September 12, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Couldn't agree more.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Pat E., that could be happening already with Bricks Pizza, which will open at 103 E. Front St. next month: http://patch.com/A-vTh5
Nancy Chovancek September 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Downgrade that sports store on the corner and put it in this smaller unit. The guy on the corner there now hasn't changed his windows in years! Plus, he's got Floor to Ceiling CRAP and the store is waaaaay too overpacked with stuff. What the hell is he doing there anyway? He's closed half the time! Tell him to have a clearance sale and downgrade his unit to the one available.


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