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Visions for Vacancies: What Should Take the Place of Brooks Pharmacy?

Check out Malden Patch's latest column, featuring empty storefronts and encouraging readers to envision their dream downtown.

Sure, we walk past empty storefronts in Malden all the time - but do you ever wonder what could take their places? 

Each week, Patch will feature a different vacant storefront in the city, and ask for your ideas.

This week's pick is the old Brooks Pharmacy location at the corner of Main and Pleasant St., right next to 's and across the street from CVS. 

What do you think? A movie theater? A comedy club? A department store? The possibilities are limited only by your imagination (and zoning codes). 

C DiSalvatore September 03, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I agree DannyBoy...I think a movie theater that can double as a venue for performing arts. In Stoneham center there is an old theater there that they use for that very purpose. I don't think there are movies showing there, but Malden can be in the vanguard then...
C DiSalvatore September 03, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Malden's proximity to Boston should make it an affordable option for young professionals. I think there are some here, but all in all, Malden has a reputation for being "below board". The landscaping in the square is a nice touch, but is really window dressing for a dreary, dollar shop environment. The only places I go to in Malden are All Seasons Table, Exchange St Bistro and CVS. Firmani's tailoring is another place, but how often does one need tailoring services. There are many problems with Malden Square, one of which is parking (the DESE lot was restructured 3X!), the street is too narrow, people park haphazardly, the stores look dated and uninviting and there is too few options unless you're looking for a pizza or a cheap trinket.

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