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! 

THEBIGBT July 19, 2012 at 06:02 PM
How about something like JC Penney in the SuperFitness building. that has been vacan for some time. It is a retailer that does not have much of share of the market in these parts. Or another health club. I think the city could sustain another one with all of the new people moving in and being close to the T.
Liana Rogue July 19, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Something with a pool! Would love another option besides the Y (which is really not a cheap option for the single gals) and I don't drive so the BSC in Medford is an annoying commute
Dan O'Brien July 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I think any store that would be in competition with "Stop&Rob" would be a great idea!
Eric Robitaille July 20, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I love the idea of an independent coffee shop in downtown, especially on Pleasant St. somewhere. It could have acoustic guitar players/singers, feature local artists art, have a magician perform (wink, wink). And feature great coffee and homemade treats...a nice relaxing place to hang out and meet up with people.
Kelley July 20, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Not a great move on IKEA's part, or perhaps their balance sheet tells the tale. So many college students and young adults as well as families out this way-Boston and Cambridge who would shop there. Slouching towards Stoughton isn't that appetizing. Oh! well.
Kelley July 20, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Terrific idea. I know of places like this. The one thing we can all agree on is that there has been a lot of thought provoking ideas and solutions on this thread. I just hope that The Powers That Be read all of these posts and think about what has been said and take some into consideration. Obviously there are budgetary constraints to deal with, but revitalizing a downtown will be a one shot deal. If sufficient input is gleaned from all sides, the city of Malden can have an impressive downtown that hopefully will attract people to both shop and live there. An article in today's Boston Globe points out that younger people, and I say older as well want to live and work closer to cities. Malden has a lot to offer. I think it's a mere 5 miles to Boston. Has a T system and good urban housing. Now is not the time to waste these resources. Go for it.
PAULA July 20, 2012 at 01:33 AM
How about at the old Mal's, we use the building as a mall. Put a second floor on the building. We can have a Panera ,clothing stores, Starbucks, sports store, 5 Guys and etc. If the ballpark is built, more customers,
Frank Mulligan July 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Does anyone know what's HAPPEHING at Malden station STAMIUM.
Liana Rogue July 20, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Can't say I'm too sad about the ikea. I really wasn't looking forward to sharing the orange line with furniture. I hope they get something better there instead like a Nordstorm!
Gene Pinkham July 20, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Field Turf is being installed at the stadium.
Michael Victor July 20, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Looks like their doing the track over as well walked by a few days ago. This was one of those projects they did with the meals tax money like the Bike project. Walked down a good part of that path the a few weeks ago and it looks pretty good too. Hope they get that Ballpark to come here as it will spruce up the entire area.
Tony H. July 20, 2012 at 02:53 PM
And the stadium will have better storm drainage beneath. Do you know if the new running track has a rubberized surface or is it blacktop again?
Jennifer July 20, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I vote for Wholefoods too! Can the cat cafe have shelter cats and offer adoptions to qualified applicants?
AnnieOMalden July 22, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Michael: Speaking of "sprucing up" I am wondering when Mr. Kinnon and the charter school will develop the eyesore across the street from the new athletic facility? I see an outhouse and some materials but no action there. They must be running some kind of "camp" at the athletic facility as I saw a number of small children and their parents leaving there yesterday. Is it a licensed facility for those purposes?
Bill M July 22, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Annie, they are probably waiting to turn around and sell it to the city for double what they paid to put the city yards there.
Kelley July 22, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I hope you got a chance to go to ArtBeat today it was a terrific time. Lots of good food, music and vendors. And a beautiful day to be there too.
david mokal July 22, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Yes A Wallmart ! I lluv Wallyworld. The store is designed to be affordable and it wont hurt any bussineses. I also heard that Best Buys are going to downsize and get rid of the GEEK SQUAD rip of Mafia. Some Computer retail stores. A Staples is a must have. Office supplies and desks computers all that good stuff. Ive seen pricest Staples on Puters that blow best buys away. The old Mal's roperty would be Ideal for that. Also Office Max great prices and supplies would be awesome too.
david mokal July 22, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Does anyone know if the Canoli Guy is still there in the square? I see no sign but it had an open sign but didnt see anyone in there.
DannyBoy July 25, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Annie, Bill: here's an article from Boston.com that should answer your questions about that vacant lot on Route 60 (see link: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/malden/2012/07/mystic_valley_charter_school_t.html).
david mokal July 26, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Definatly Newbury Comics always getting CD's there fun syore
Kelley July 26, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I drove by today and I don't see anything related to his business anymore.
david mokal July 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM
We have to have another food store like a Market Basket. Cannot be held hostage to one Grocery store that charges outrageouse prices. Most of my relatives and family shop outside of Malden to get a better deal with the same if not better quality. This will keep our Maldonians shopping here. People get sick of the same ol same ol stores at the Malls which have become nothin but hangouts. They used to say that the Shopping Centers then later Malls killed the bussines in Malden Square. It was City hall in the middle of pleasant street that did it as well as a shortage of parking.
Teresa Bello July 28, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Raj, I agree with you -- I hate uniform signage and in Malden Square the coloring is so dull and monochromatic. When Spice N"Hot recently moved around the corner I looked at their sign and thought, "That's not looking right -- I wish they could have a brighter sign and their own choice of lettering style." Maybe there should be rules about size of signs, but leave it to the owners to choose their own colors, etc.
Teresa Bello July 28, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Liana, I have to ask -- what is SOWA?
Tony H. July 28, 2012 at 02:05 PM
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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