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!

  1. addisjoe said,

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

    Sat, November 12 at 8:25 am
  2. DOUG. said,

    Video store.

    Sat, November 12 at 8:26 am
  3. Nancy M said,

    Community center!

    Sat, November 12 at 9:16 am
  4. Dennis said,

    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.

    Sat, November 12 at 10:21 am
  5. Chris W. said,

    Trader Joe’s!

    Sat, November 12 at 10:31 am
  6. WallyCurls said,

    a gym!!!!

    Sat, November 12 at 10:48 am
  7. Jeff Dubrule said,

    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.

    Sat, November 12 at 11:04 am
  8. Patrick said,

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

    Sat, November 12 at 12:00 pm
  9. Jeff W. said,

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

    Sat, November 12 at 12:28 pm
  10. cata said,

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

    Sat, November 12 at 1:39 pm
  11. chris said,

    does anyone know what the rent is on that location?

    Sat, November 12 at 1:59 pm
  12. Fruitbat said,

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

    Sat, November 12 at 2:03 pm
  13. Neighbor said,

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

    Sat, November 12 at 2:08 pm
  14. Ben said,

    A better liquor store

    Sat, November 12 at 3:06 pm
  15. Lesli said,

    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.

    Sat, November 12 at 6:54 pm
  16. Liz said,

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

    Sat, November 12 at 8:17 pm
  17. Greenmachine said,

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

    Sat, November 12 at 8:31 pm
  18. scarebaby said,

    How about an awesome deli?

    Sat, November 12 at 10:49 pm
  19. Jen said,

    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/

    Sun, November 13 at 6:15 am
  20. cata said,

    homeless shelter
    how about a library with BOOKS?

    Sun, November 13 at 6:35 am
  21. Donn said,

    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?

    Sun, November 13 at 10:07 am
  22. shirley nelsen said,

    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.

    Sun, November 13 at 10:14 am
  23. Marcel said,

    I would love a clean, modern indoor shooting range.

    Sun, November 13 at 3:28 pm
  24. Dr.Ofgnillaw said,

    a 24 hour carnival game site

    Sun, November 13 at 9:35 pm
  25. Doug said,

    A place for RVs to dump their sewage

    Sun, November 13 at 10:17 pm
  26. Fruitbat said,

    Dr. Ofgnillaw–

    Best idea yet!

    Sun, November 13 at 11:10 pm
  27. cata said,

    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

    Mon, November 14 at 8:38 am
  28. Joe Donato said,

    A classic video game arcade like ground Kontrol in portland.

    Mon, November 14 at 10:08 am
  29. J.P. said,

    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.

    Mon, November 14 at 3:50 pm
  30. RDB said,

    It might stay a liquor store…

    http://www.kplu.org/post/local-liquor-stores-will-likely-still-sell-booze

    Mon, November 14 at 6:37 pm
  31. Dennis said,

    @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.

    Mon, November 14 at 8:01 pm
  32. Janet Stillman said,

    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.

    Tue, November 15 at 10:19 am
  33. Meridian said,

    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

    Wed, November 16 at 10:13 am
  34. Connie said,

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

    Thu, November 17 at 3:15 pm

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