What should go in the liquor store space?

With the elections behind us, and the news that all state-run liquor stores will be gone by June 1, I’m curious to see who or what will occupy the space on N. 45th; and reading some of the posts in the Forums, I know I’m not alone in my curiosity.

So, I’d like to take a pulse check here as the basis for a good weekend discussion. In the Forums, readers Lauren suggested a BevMo; E 30 Memorial wrote: COSTCO; and Jen suggested a Metropolitan Market.

Jump-in and let us know what you think in the comments section.

Thanks, Frankie, for sparking the discussion in the Forums!

  • addisjoe

    We need an Ethiopian restaurant. Whoever starts one on the north side will have a gold mine.

  • http://www.dougsvotersguide.com/ DOUG.

    Video store.

  • Nancy M

    Community center!

  • Dennis

    A smaller market/grocery that combines elements of Marketime and Trader Joe’s would be cool (maybe a smaller version of the Melrose Market?).

    I also like the garden store idea folks mentioned on the forum and a bagel place would be great.

  • http://www.felsputzer.com Chris W.

    Trader Joe’s!

  • WallyCurls

    a gym!!!!

  • Jeff Dubrule

    I think the deal is the license to operate a less-than-10,000-sq-ft liquor store in that location will be auctioned off, so chances are it’ll continue to be a liquor store.

    Hopefully most of the staff will continue to be employed there, and they’ll continue to have a decent selection of local and obscure liquors, but at better prices.

  • Patrick

    I would like to see the liquor store replaced with…a liquor store!

  • Jeff W.

    I’ll go with liquor store, though I suspect Wine World will be getting into that action too.

  • http://[email protected] cata

    a hair cut place,, of course
    or ho w about low cost yet good quality clothing

  • chris

    does anyone know what the rent is on that location?

  • Fruitbat

    Yeah, a hair place! That also offers frozen yogurt, and sushi, and … lessee… some natural healing. Yeah, that’s the business Wallingford wants.

  • Neighbor

    I’d like to see a coffee shop that sells socks and whimsical gifts.

  • Ben

    A better liquor store

  • http://www.yellowhatband.org Lesli

    Well I’m tired of having to go to Fremont or Capitol Hill or Whole Paycheck for healthy food & would love to see a local shop so I’m with Dennis. But I know I’m a dreamer.

  • Liz

    A reasonable vegetarian/vegan restaurant where neighbors can hang out, or a Trader Joe’s.

  • Greenmachine

    A drug and alcohol treatment clinic seems appropriate. Drink local, get clean local.

  • http://www.scarebaby.com scarebaby

    How about an awesome deli?

  • Jen

    FIRST, building needs a COMPLETELY less governmental look whatever it may be. Since PCC is going into the green lake hole, not likely. WFoods and TJ’s is too close. I think a market will have a hard time making it here (despite how much WE would frequent it, it might not be enough). I vote for a completely new concept that resonates with Wallyhood. Maybe its like Laurelhurst Market in Portland. http://www.laurelhurstmarket.com/

  • http://[email protected] cata

    homeless shelter
    how about a library with BOOKS?

  • Donn

    I can’t remember what was there before the video store? The building seems weirdly ill suited to either video or liquor sales. All that glass along the street more or less goes to waste. Why build a tall, spacious interior with lots of natural light, to sell videos?

  • shirley nelsen

    Of the ideas mentioned:
    Ethiopian restaurant, community center (not likely to happen, and Lincoln is still standing empty) larger library (again, requires city finds, so not likely.) Would love to have a library like Greenwood. A gym, several have gone out of business lately and the space is large enough.
    Space is pretty big for an Ethiopian restaurant but I think that is a great idea.

    No liquor store, we will be flooded with liquor at the grocery and drug stores.

  • Marcel

    I would love a clean, modern indoor shooting range.

  • Dr.Ofgnillaw

    a 24 hour carnival game site

  • Doug

    A place for RVs to dump their sewage

  • Fruitbat

    Dr. Ofgnillaw–

    Best idea yet!

  • http://[email protected] cata

    first floor carnival game site
    second homeless shelter
    third library
    fourth a plethora of hair cutting salons
    fifth a gym
    sixth indoor shooting range
    seventh mor e haircutting and a yogurt spa
    eigthth wallingford chamber of whatever- no elevator
    ninth senior center
    tenth Dicks Upstairs version
    eleventh nail spas
    twelfth not enough parking
    thirteenth -fifteenth residences

    no problem they can just get a variance.. it brings money an dwork into the community an dpeople can park in the neighborhoods

  • http://www.JoeDonato.com Joe Donato

    A classic video game arcade like ground Kontrol in portland.

  • J.P.

    A BECU branch. I just opened an account as part of the 11/5 event and would love a facility that’s a little easier to walk to than the U District.

  • RDB
  • Dennis

    @J.P. – They may not have told you about the Credit Union network machines. You can use the ATMs for free (and make deposits) at the 7-11 at 1st NE and 50th and the Verity CU over on Stone.

  • Janet Stillman

    It’s too small for a market, too big for most restaurants. That leaves a gym or martial Arts place, or (MY FAVORITE!) a BECU branch! One where you can talk to a person, not just a cash machine. Actually, it is just the right size for a quilting store like In The Beginning used to be.

  • Meridian

    A traditional party/crafting supply store for the masses (a mini version of Display & Costume/Joanne Fabrics) without the kitsch since Archee McPhee’s has that covered

  • Connie

    How about a nice Albertsons or Safeway. We only have one grocery store.

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