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.

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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