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Visions for Vacancies: Former Lowe's Building

What do you want to see in some of Oswego's empty storefronts?

If you need something for the house and Ace and Home Depot just doesn't have it, brace yourself for the 20-minute car ride to Lowe's on Route 59 in Naperville.

The , leaving behind a massive empty storefront in the heart of the Route 34 retail corridor. Rumors have popped up recently that Sam's Club may locate there, but Village President Brian LeClercq said last week he was not aware of any company showing interest in the location. 

So, in this the first of our Visions for Vacancies columns, we have to ask ....

What would you like to see in the former Lowe's building? Tell us in comments.

Jane Enviere March 09, 2012 at 10:13 PM
There are several places on Rte 59.
KMT March 09, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble.
Thea Roessler March 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Barnes and Noble or other bookstore (is there another major one still?) or Trader Joe's. We don't need another grocery or discount store, as we are saturated with these. I do miss Lowe's though, especially the paint and the customer service.
Debbie Carnahan-Nichols March 10, 2012 at 02:18 AM
A one-stop shop for dogs, including an indoor dog park, walking/jogging track, grooming, agility & obedience classes, boutique items, baked goods, dog-sitting, and exercise/health options for the humans, too. There aren't gyms that offer pet-sitting services, but they have kid-sitters. May be a thought.
Michele Cook March 10, 2012 at 02:32 AM
We have been begging for a bookstore for YEARS!!!!!
Dawn March 10, 2012 at 07:00 AM
Sam's Club without a doubt ! It makes sense because of the proximity of Walmart next door ~ as most Sam's Clubs have. I would much rather give my $300 a month to an Oswego Sam's than Batavia !
Pam Phelps March 10, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Children's museum, please!
Sandra Pastore March 10, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Trader joe's!
Matt DesVeaux March 10, 2012 at 08:08 PM
It's interesting you mention this. I read an article a few weeks ago in the newspaper about a similar idea, targeted at bicycles, in a former Menards store in Milwaukee; http://www.raysmtb.com/mke/
russ harrison March 10, 2012 at 08:42 PM
What about an alternative medicine facility? That way. several practices can share expenses and the community receives a better tax revenue. Should the medical marijuana use bill finally pass, as it eventually will..it could become a dispensary and grow center. Or...since legalized medical marijuana would cut into the organized crime's pockets, and gosh, no politician wants to do that., maybe the place could become a brewery or distillery and cater to socially acceptable alcohol related medical problems? That way, instead of reaping a huge tax revenue and helping patients that get no relief from pharmaceuticals, we can give a subsidy and pass that expense onto the taxpayer..you know, business as usual.
Deb Wright March 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Thanks, Matt, that IS similar to what I had in mind, although I have a more park-like feel in mind. I do like the idea of having more trails and bridges going up, taking it to another level.
Hunt Club Parent March 11, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Mr. Harrison, nice to know your views on these topics, also nice to know your wife is the treasurer of Hunt Club Home and School, working with our kids and handling the H&S money.
Love2LiveinOswego March 12, 2012 at 01:37 AM
A movie theatre would be the BEST idea!! We have been asking for one for Years in Oswego. It would be great for our community.
Love2LiveinOswego March 12, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Agreed!!
Love2LiveinOswego March 12, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Great idea also.
Paul L. March 12, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Kendall 10 in Oswego, it's been here for years!
Grammy March 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM
There is a movie theather on Rt 30-what a half mile away-- Sam's Club or Costco for sure!!
sherry March 24, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Costco!!
Budd Bieber March 24, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Kendall 10 doesn't count over on Rt. 30?
Laura Zielinski March 30, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Yes!!! Trader Joe's, or Whole foods would be great!!!
Ralph B March 31, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Coco or Sams
Wally Pickens March 31, 2012 at 09:06 PM
How about a Brunswick Zone, bowling alley and arcade fun center for families, big hit in Naperville and Carol Stream.
Budd Bieber March 31, 2012 at 10:11 PM
If you love to live in Oswego then you should know about Kendall 10. Been there for about 15 years now.
Budd Bieber March 31, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Just how much pot do you want Oswego to grow?
Budd Bieber March 31, 2012 at 10:17 PM
If things are such a big hit in Naperville and Carol Stream, have a day, move to either one. Guess the alley on Hill Ave doesn't count as Kendall 10 doesn't count as a movie theater either.
Just Sayin April 01, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Richard - I agree!
Just Sayin April 01, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I'd love to see a Sam's Club in the Lowe's spot! If we could also get a Bath and Body Works, I'd then have no reason to leave Oswego to shop at all!! Keep tax dollars here instead of other cities.
Glen April 02, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I work in Oakbrook and I can tell you this, next to the Oakbrook Mall, the biggest revenue maker for that village is Costco; to the tune of around 2-3 million a year. That Costco on 22nd St. is the largest generator in the Chicago area. It would be great for Oswego if we could. What works against us? Only 12 miles or less to the one on 59. The empty Lowe's space is pretty huge, so Trader Joes is a no go unless they sub-divide the space. Whole foods? Doubt that too. Too close to Naperville. Sam's or Costco would be nice if they could be convinced and if the Village doesn't give the store away with a 10-13 year TIFF.
Dave Bucher April 02, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I don't see any many businesses with a location on Rt 59 putting in an Oswego location until the area is more built up and they aren't cannibalizing the existing store. The truth is that we do make the 15-20 minute trip to Rt 59, we just do it less frequently and they know that.
Dennis April 06, 2012 at 02:36 PM
What you may not know is that Oswego did actually have a wonderful bookstore as recently as a year ago. However its location (apprx on the corner of Rt 34 & Washington) did not allow it to succeed. The original location (that was desired and sought after by the entrepreneur) apparently was not allowed by the village. It would have been perfect and more likely successful there. The location that the entrepreneur sought was the old Village Hall, which now still sits empty.

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