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Which Business Should Open Shop in Malden?

In a perfect world, what would you like to see in the city?

Note: This week's episode has already aired, but our reader discussion continues below.

Sure, we walk past empty storefronts in Malden all the time - but do you ever imagine what could take their places? 

Tonight, Malden Patch editor Chris Caesar will join Malden's Business Development Officer Kevin Duffy as he hosts "The Malden Zone" at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Malden Access Television.

Duffy and other guests will discuss business development in the city, and we want your ideas to be at the forefront of our discussion.

So, in a perfect world: what kind of businesses would you like to see in Malden? 

We're open-minded, too: it can be your favorite chain restaurant, a department store, a clothing outlet or something completely out-of-the-box. The only catch is suggesting a business that could bring dollars and improve qualify of life in the city. 

We'll recap your ideas on the show Wednesday night! 

Elaine July 28, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Coffee shop with easy parking and delicious snacks! There was one about 30 years ago on Main St near where the where the Asian hot pot restaurant is now. They had wonderful little rolls. Sigh. I'm disappointed about Ikea; I've been waiting for it. Trader Joe's would be great. Elaine
Li July 28, 2012 at 05:39 PM
In order to revive the business life in Malden, it should be business that can either produce some goods (e.g. electronics, medical hightech), or develop different research ideas (e.g. medical/bio research centers that bring a lot of revenue to Cambridge). These types of businesses can provide new jobs. The city needs not only various food or retail stores but hospital (real priority), cultural center, maybe vocational school, or adult education center. You can live w/o Starbucks or Trader Joe here, but you can die on your way to emergency room because of traffic and because we don't have hospital in Malden.
Kelley July 28, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I read a column last week in the Boston Globe, wish I could remember the day and author, but he gave good reasons for IKEA not coming and I have to say I agree with him now. The present venue in Stoughton is, like he says, one big blue box on a huge parcel of land in the outskirts of town specifically planned to cater to a large amount of cars with furniture on the roofs. I know that another IKEA here could cater to college students, who wouldn't have to travel so far, but somehow, the suits at IKEA says that does not matter. They get their business. So instead, the columnist says Assembly Row can resemble a thriving urban outpost with shops and apartments and other amenities. But Trader Joe's could possibly work in the old Mal's site. I know it's a bit close to S&S, but they both attract some similar, but a little different customer.
Teresa Bello July 28, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I'd like a Saturday mid-morning Farmer's Market with food trucks and live guitarist and a singer too, if possible -- or a magician/juggler. I do miss the 5 Artists shop that used to be on Pleasant St. I especially miss Ginny Remedi's inexpensive, beautiful, made to order earrings. Maybe one artist per week could have a booth.
H. A. July 30, 2012 at 09:22 AM
Downtown: I'd like to see a Starbucks at the soon-to-be-closed BoA location on Pleasant Street (or at the Blockbusters or old Boston Market location), a good bakery downtown (at the old Brook's location?), a Five Guys where the old Pizza Hut/D'Angelos used to be, a supermarket alternative to S&S at where Mal's used to be (Whole Foods? Trader Joes? Harvest Co-Op? HK Supermarket?) or more diverse/ethnic markets/restaurants (e.g. take-home tapas market, a kebab joint, etc.) where the dollar shops currently are, an expanded outdoor farmers/arts & crafts market that's held on a weekend instead of Tuesday (like SoWa), more outdoor seating for restaurants (or just close down Pleasant on weekends and make the middle of the street a seating area with performers and vendor stalls on the sides). With the bike trail opening soon, a bike shop could come in handy too; better still, a bike shop that has the community in mind (e.g., Broadway Bicycle School, Bikes not Bombs, etc.)

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