What Should Go Here? Recently Closed Blockbuster Store

This new feature lets readers give their suggestions on what should go in some of the open storefronts and buildings around the village.

The store in the shopping center on LaGrange Road is now closed, .

The big question--after where will you rent your new DVDs--is: What should be done with this open storefront?


So far, owner Al Presco said he has had a few people interested in the space, but no one has signed a lease yet. The space, which is 6,000 square feet and can be divided up, can be leased for $15 per square feet.

What type of business would you like to see in this spot? Is there something missing in Frankfort that would be great in that space? A good Thai restaurant? Another coffee shop? A Restoration Hardware? An Anthropologie?

Share your ideas in the comments section. Maybe your suggestions will get a business interested in the space.

Business owners interested in leasing the building can call Al Presco at 630-531-6900.

Jeff March 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Kim March 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Put the new Marianos there. (not sure of the spelling there)
Bob Spedale March 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM
How about a video store that knows the value of customer service? Family Video is one of the best regional video rental companies when it comes to serving its customers.
Peg Paul March 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Potbelly's, Chuck E Cheese, Five Guys Burgers. Frankfort needs bagels and Thai food.
Peg Paul March 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Red Robin
Eleanor Wiegand March 27, 2012 at 01:24 PM
A good American buffet with lots of different choices at reasonable cost.
Joe Vince (Editor) March 27, 2012 at 02:38 PM
It sounds like people would really like to see some type of restaurant go here. I got an e-mail from one reader who suggested a bowling alley or some other place where teens could hang out, given how close the storefront is to Lincoln-Way East High School? What does everyone think about that? Joe Vince Local Editor, Frankfort
Sue N. March 27, 2012 at 02:51 PM
We need a Payless Shoes ! There isn't one in all of Frankfort, Mokena or New Lenox. I'd also suggest a Dollar Tree store...but not in this location. I think there are enough restaurants in Frankfort, but not enough retail shopping options. A Home Goods Store would be great too! Closest one I think is out in Lemont.
Mark March 27, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Apple store, or for clothes Crate Barrel, Cold Water Creek or an Ann Taylor. For the younger generation an Aeropostle or Gap. Food: Upscale fish restaurant like Catch 35 or Tin Fish or a Thai or Mongolian BBQ restaurant. No more pizza, steak Italian or burger places. Jamba juice along with a Yoga or fitness center. We have a bowling alley downtown also in Mokena. I don't believe their is enough business for another alley. For kids it would need a business that would need to be flexible and change as what is hot for kids today is another story next year.
fred March 27, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Mark, I think it would be great to have some of the stores that you mention. Most of those stores will not go south of I55 because they feel that the demographics are not favorable to them.
Jaclyn Connolly March 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
There are both a Home Goods and Payless at 191st and Harlem
axa34 March 27, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Some sort of nice restaurant or retail shop. No need for a dollar store or payless or any other low budget joint. Let's try to class the area up a bit.
Tomi Petersen March 27, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Chicagoan March 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Portillo's is coming to New Lenox this fall, it will be in the lot just west of Chili's on RT 30..... I'm just thrilled!!!!!
Joe Vince (Editor) March 27, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Some great ideas here. On Facebook, people have suggested a bookstore, and at the same time, pointing out that Empire Books, which also was in the shopping center, closed for good about a year ago. Personally, I'd love a bookstore there. I hate having to battle traffic and crowds in Orland to go to Barnes & Noble. Another thing that occurred to me: Do you think there are too many restaurants already in that shopping center? Not counting Starbucks, there are four eateries with another on the way. Could that be overkill in one location? Joe Vince Local Editor, Frankfort
Sue N. March 27, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Thanks Jaclyn, but 191st & Harlem is Tinely Park and Cook County taxes. For those of us who live SW of LaGrange RD & Rte 30, that's a lot of gas money. Would much rather prefer those stores to be closer and pay Will County taxes.
Sue N. March 27, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I work on Michigan Ave and Wacker, in the heart of the Mag Mile and there's a Payless Store right there. So seems wrong to sterotype stores who understand the importance and value of getting quality shoes/products at affordable prices in this economy as not being able to add "class" to a neighborhood. The Dollar Tree store also carries a lot of brand names, party items & school supplies that could help al our teachers save money on supplies they buy on their own. It doesn't make sense to me to go spend $5 on a plastic table cloth when u can get the same on there for $1. Plus, they are the only store that carries the cleaning solution that gets rid of rust stains. Much better value than then $10-15 stuff Home Depot and Ace Hardware sells, and doesn't work. But again...I'm not pushing for the Dollar Tree in this location because of the Dollar General store there. Would just like to have a Dollar Tree store some where else in the Mokena, Frankfort or New Lenox area.
Missy Goodman March 27, 2012 at 09:13 PM
We need a clothing store in the area! A Fashion bug or dressbarn. I hate having to deal with the Orland traffic.
axa34 March 27, 2012 at 11:38 PM
One thing I have not seen mentioned that we do not have anywhere in the area is a self serve yogurt place such as Menchees, Orange Leaf or Yogli Mogli. These types of franchises are huge on the west coast and in the south and are slowly creeping their way to the midwest. Great family place and something different than the same ol' same ol'.
ecaftraf March 28, 2012 at 02:43 AM
hey, how about a laundromat?
KMK March 29, 2012 at 02:58 AM
i believe the 191st and Harlem is Will County. Will county border is 183rd st. so any taxes you pay at the Target/Kohls/ Homegoods go to Will county.
Victoria Keller-Melton April 24, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I like the idea of having a place for our teens. A cafe of some sort where they can hang out, play live music, have an area with tables for homework, create artwork, or whatever. A place to showcase their work. To fund this, perhaps a smoothy bar, coffee, or change the menu. Or, have it a monthly fee (very reasonable, $10?). You could have tutoring/homework hours. The paid tutor would have to contribute $5.00(?) per student to the owner to pay for space. Of course, wifi would have to be available. If the young people wanted to organize an art show open to the public, or organize a fundraiser for a good cause, or organize outings (whether charitable, learning or just for fun), or host workshops of some kind... I think allowing them to expand and start doing things on their own would be a great learning experience. I am really tired of all the retail going up around us, and no more fast food please.
Nick Panek July 28, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Chuck E Cheese
John Q. January 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM
i like the idea of a frozen yogurt place. I always hear about people going to tcby or red mango but those are out in orland i believe. The space may be too big for that so maybe split it and make the other half a bookstore or something along those lines.
ashley posey March 13, 2013 at 05:05 PM
what do you think about a gourmet wine and specialty shop. something that offers wine tasting and wine pairing events.


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