Visions for Vacancies: 96 Main Street

Tell us in the comments what type of business you'd like to see in this vacant commercial space in New Canaan.


In "Visions for Vacancies," New Canaan Patch is asking community members—residents, village merchants and visitors—what they'd like to see in the space. Tell us in the comments!

The 2,937 square-foot space at 96 Main Street is up for grabs and available immediately.

Going for $40.00 per square foot triple net lease, this space is ideal for retailers who can take advantage of the extensive window displays.

For more leasing information, contact Pyramid Group agent Norman Lotstein at norman@pyramidregroup.com or (203) 391-6822.

Glen K Dunbar June 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I for sure think an OTB should go there
Dave June 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Is OTB run by mom and pops
Suzanne Rhatigan June 26, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Yes the kitchen store closed because of too high rents. Went to Wilton I think.
Dee June 26, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I would like a martial arts learning center for all ages.
Lisa June 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Paying a rent of almost $10,000 per month not including all other expenses for the property seems like a huge nut for a "mom and pop" type store with no convenient parking. At that price and this economy that space is going to be vacant for a long time.
Charlene June 26, 2012 at 02:55 PM
It depends on what type of "Mom & Pop" company goes in there and just how dedicated area residents are at helping a "Mom & Pop" company survive. I know I'm guilty of going into stores like the Wire Whisk and seeing an item but not buying it because I can get it for 50% less at a big name store. Times are tough.
Dave June 26, 2012 at 05:09 PM
That's my point 10gS that is nuts GREEDY GREEDY
WFG June 26, 2012 at 05:32 PM
This reads more like an ad for the leasing company, than a news story.
Lisa June 26, 2012 at 05:48 PM
A nationwide chain is the only one who can afford a price like that. The building owner is trolling and must not be anxious to fill the space. Parking is a huge issue there.
Richard Cranium June 26, 2012 at 05:59 PM
The building owner will lease the space for whatever the market will bear. That is not greedy, that is how the free market works. If commercial rents are deemed too dear, the market will adjust the prices down to meet demand. One thing is for sure, there seems to be an insatiable demand for cosmetic and beauty shops. I'll let the social scientists on the board figure why.
God Bless New Canaan June 26, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Or by Pizza Joe...(No relation to Locust Ave Joe)
Big Willy June 26, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Glenn. Maybe we can get an Olive Garden for you too. Just what NC needs a nice undesirable clientele roaming our streets going to OTB. You can bet that will never happen!
stella bella June 26, 2012 at 07:10 PM
that's just too logical RC.
Big Willy June 26, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Glenn. Maybe we can get an Olive Garden for you too. Just what NC needs a nice undesirable clientele roaming our streets going to OTB I may have lock my house. Never going to happen.
Tom June 26, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I think it should remain empty. A triple net lease?!?! Basically what the landlord wants is a chain store with deep pockets. Thats what they are holding out for. No "mom and pop" store can swing that and a profit. I say leave it empty!
Tom June 26, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Btw Richard Cranium, great moniker. For a minute I thought it was GD
Big Willy June 26, 2012 at 07:39 PM
In this day and age the Mom & Pop stores are history. The only way they can survive, is to own the building their store is in. Even that won't guarantee success. It’s not just NC, it’s happening in every town and every city. A sad facet of American life as we know it.
Lisa June 26, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I bet a medical marijuana store would do well there. The likely clientele would not have parking anxiety.
Dave June 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM
No Lisa they will just forget where they parked
W. H. Taylor June 26, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Amazing that holding out for top dollar has outweighed a 3-4 year vacancy. We're talking serious dollars in lost rent.
Big Willy June 27, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I agree. Medical hooch on that corner would be great! Get the munchies, walk to restaurant row! Got my seeds today. Arthritis in my shoulder affecting my golf swing. Slice. Smoke a bone. -In the short grass!
Big Willy June 27, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Charlene, You are totaly responsible for all the store closings. You would rather drive to Home Goods and pay your money to a chain, then to support local retailers. Just to save a buck. From all of us, shame on you!
Glen K Dunbar June 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Will: I agree w/you on one point. You are correct...they will not allow an OTB here. If it was State run then the State could force the town to do it. But, CTOTB is now private I think :( Just had a thought. How about a walk in medical center?
Sushi June 29, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Lisa is absolutely correct - no "Mom and Pop" Shop can afford that rent and still earn a living for themselves and their employees. Impossible! Why sort of Kool aid drink are these Patch editors imbibing on? It's outrageous to even suggest a Mom and Pop shop could afford a $10K/mo rent anywhere in the US today. Unless of course that Mom and Pop are a Sugar Daddy or Sugar Momma! Pyramid Commercial Real Estate Group is trying to rent the space and they are doing the trolling on here, no doubt.
Four Jacks June 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Buffalo Wild Wings or Robek's
Sushi June 29, 2012 at 01:08 PM
What about another Bank? Don't we need more banks in Fairfield County? Ya think! Seriously, I'd like to see a charitable organization inhabit the space. Maybe even a men's homeless shelter. I wonder how that would fare in a town called New Canaan when most of the people have never even seen the inside of a soup kitchen on a volunteer basis. What about the Goodwill or a thrift shop? Just to balance out the shopping for the "haves" and the "have nots". Consignment shops are doing well now and that is another possibility too.
Sushi June 29, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Great Idea! The "Just a Buck" stores do fabulously well in down markets. That would work too. Even rich people like to land a bargain. Correction: rich people love bargains!!!
Glen K Dunbar June 29, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I like the idea of a Mens Shelter. I might need one sooner than later the way things are going for me now.
Fred Garvin June 29, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Scores for women. We'll make the store facade look like a sports equipment store. Husbands will never know. You write a check for everything else why not write a big one to me (sorry - only cash or credit card). - Fred Garvin Male Prostitute
Charlene June 29, 2012 at 06:38 PM
You're mostly right, Big Willy. When I lived in New Canaan I did the majority of my grocery shopping at Food Emporium, my pharmacy was Wal-greens. When I went into town I'd stop at Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks for a cup of coffee or Baskin and Robbins for an ice cream. I bought clothes at J Crew and Ann Taylor. Heck I even once got a spray tan at Benefit! But there were occasions that I shopped at the local book store, and McKenzies and ate at restaurants in town (Cherry Street and Chef Luis being my favorites), I even bought gas at the Mobil station! At least that buck I saved going to HomeGoods came back to New Canaan and was spent there, even if it was spent at a national chain retailer.


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