It Was Coldstone Creamery; Now What?

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Coldstone Creamery occupied the 1,458 square-foot space at 1479 Market St. from August 2006 to March 2008, according to city records. Since that time it, like many other spaces in Metropolitan Square, has remained vacant.

Samantha Sharp, manager at , a couple doors away at 1453 Market St., said some kind of bar and restaurant might be a good match.

Cheeseburger in Paradise closed last year, and there are not many options like that in the downtown area, Sharp said.


“Anything at this point would be good,” said Megan Krutz, assistant manager at the across the street at 1448 Market St.

The Hair Cuttery has been in business since Metropolitan Square opened in late 2005. Prior to the development, the land at 1479 Market St. was part of the front yard of a residence on Park Place, and part of the street itself, which ran east and west between Pearson and Lee streets, parallel to where Market Street is today.

Now we’re asking you to share your thoughts on what would be welcomed to the area. Vote in our poll and add an explanation in the comments section. Is your top pick not listed in the poll? Add it in the comments section.

Messages left for Zifkin Real Estate Group, the company trying to lease the property, were not returned at publication time.

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Robert February 13, 2012 at 07:53 PM
If they would lower the rent in these businesses, they would have more businesses move in. Metropolitan Square reminds me of Des Plaines Mall.
Robi Schnetzer February 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM
how do two towns right next door get it right and Des Plaines just doesnt even come close. I would rather be in downtown MP or AH any night of the week.
Di February 15, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I agree with Robi. I was so excited when Metropolitan Square opened up! It was a nice upgrade and what I thought was a start to aligning with our neighboring towns with improvements. What a disappointment to lose Cheeseburger in Paradise! Does it make sense to have rents so high that it results in vacant storefronts??? Another restaurant like Cheeseburger needs to come back to Metro Square, which would also partner well with summer events that could bring some additional revenue into our town. (Besides, aren't we getting a chunk of the casino money coming in???)
Andrew Giovanni February 16, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I still think it was a mistake to put Metropolitan Square where it is. All those stores are hidden. We should have just leveled the whole block. Most of those buildings are ugly and the businesses in them are undesirable. Even the theater should have gone. I hate to lose historic landmarks, but if nothing is going to be done with it, then make way more something new. I didn't shed a tear when Sims went.


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