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Visions for Vacancies: What Should Go on the Site Where Walmart Wanted to Go?

The former Ionics building remains at on the land where Walmart wanted to put a new store, but recently pulled the plug on the project.

Now that proposed for the land between Arsenal and Walnut streets, the question is what should go there?

The former Ionics building still stands on the piece of land, which has been vacant for a number of years. Opponents of the Walmart said they or other things to go on the site, rather than a large "box store."

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Renee Hirschberg June 18, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I love this question! In an ideal world, we would build the complete opposite of Walmart. Something like an artisans village where small, local businesses could rent space to sell their goods. There would also be a green space where we could hold a Farmers' Market and town events.
Watertown1 June 19, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I can't help but wonder. Why was there no fuss when Targtet (a big box store) opened in Watertown ? If there had been no Target and Walmart proposed coming to town, would there still be such an uproar ? I hope a Casino or strip club is built and then we will see what kind of song the residents of Watertown sing.
Joe June 19, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I couldn't have said it better. Maybe the malls in Watertown should be closed and the crime rate in town would plummet. Let's go to these people houses and take everything that they've purchased from a Walmart. I guess it's the old "not in my town"
Patricia L Faria June 19, 2012 at 02:54 PM
It seems as if there are a few angry people in town, but I believe our town is beginning to think about what businesses would enhance our town. I am very pleased to see that there are many biotech/medical/tech companies that have located here. I think stores such as Target and Home Depot offer good job opportunities and affordable prices for our citizens. I would like to suggest that the town consider a large medical office complex where outpatient as well as medical research services be provided. We should take advantage of the many teaching hospitals and educational institutions in our area and tap into their resources.
Tim June 19, 2012 at 05:22 PM
There's two things Watertown needs: A good ice cream shop, and a good comfortable coffee shop (Panera doesn't count). Why not throw in a bike shop to boot?
M C Stringfellow June 20, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I live in another state. I have both a Target and Walmart within a five minute drive. Walking distance to both would take about 30 minutes. Since both stores came to town, Walmart area has had an increase in crime, while the Target has not. Difference: Target is not located close to any residential areas and closes at 10 pm. Walmart is located between two resenditial communities and is open 24/7. It's the 24/7 that makes the difference.
MV June 20, 2012 at 08:46 PM
And some DECENT BAGELS. My kingdom for a bagel! (Of course, Panera doesn't count for this one either). I wish Iggy's hadn't moved out. They're not my absolute favorite bagel but compared to what's available (nothing!) they're pure gold.

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