Visions for Vacancies: Former Stratfield Market Site

A 'for lease' sign has been posted in the former IGA market's window. What would you like to see in that space?

It’s official -- the site of the former Stratfield Supermarket has a big “for lease” sign in the window.

The sign was posted in March, several months after the national pharmacy chain Walgreens .

Walgreens holds a 20-year lease on the 1280 Stratfield Road property, which has stood empty and deteriorating for years. According to the town’s Mark Barnhart, Walgreens will sublet the space. He added that the town officials have spoken with some prospective tenants, but no plans or applications have been filed to date.

The 9,740 square foot space has been listed for lease by RHYS, a commercial real estate firm. Rent is negotiable, according to the listing on RHYS’s website.

What do you want to see take the place of the Stratfield Supermarket?

Melioro April 05, 2012 at 06:05 PM
RS- According to the newspapers, the IGA offered to match the rent Walgreens was going to pay; the landlord was quoted as saying he wasn;t talking to a pharmacy, then the next day he announced he reached an agreement with Walmart, and that the IGA had two weeks to vacate; And as stated, Walgreens had agreed to not change the building, just clean it up. Yes...I believe Fairfield won. If I wanted to live in Jersey, I would move to Jersey. Enough with the big businesses moving in without regard. Unfortunately for Walgreens, there strategy of out-lasting the neighborhood in a waiting game didn't work, and now it is for lease. Have patience.
Melioro April 05, 2012 at 06:07 PM
And they are both chains. As for the lawn mower repair, according to google there are four in close proximity, so that probably won;t work either.
Melioro April 05, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I assume that's satire, as there already is a pizza place, gas station, and a bank.
Melioro April 05, 2012 at 06:09 PM
except didn't i just see fairfield is looking at a no firearm discharge ordinance?
Melioro April 05, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Excellent idea and exactly what that site needs.
Melioro April 05, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Ludlowe...I agree mom and pops are being forced out, but that is really the only point he made. MY point was we shouldn't sit back and take it. The Mercado is successful, as was the IGA. However, if S&S came in and offered the landlord double the rent for 50 years, should that neighborhood just roll over and say, well it's none of my business, s&s offered more money and more people shop at s&s? We both know they wouldn't and they would put up the same fight as Stratfield did. Point is, if people like the Stratfield neighborhood, they should fight to keep its feel and character, not bow down to a Walgreens.
Rich K. April 05, 2012 at 07:55 PM
as long as its not a chain
Rich K. April 05, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Your are dead on correct
Clyde Newman April 05, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Another library. Knock down the Fairfield Woods branch.
Joe April 06, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Leave it as is and dedicate it as a monument to ridiculous nimbyism.
DM April 06, 2012 at 01:19 PM
For all of you with great ideas on what should occupy that location how is the lease working out??? Being in the business for 25 years ill offer my advice for free to anyone who needs help drafting a lease, negotiating etc... It is a shame to see it empty. Regardless of what is located there many of the locals will benefit. If not just keep driving by.
The Mayor April 11, 2012 at 11:28 PM
As the mayor, I believe that the town of Fairfield is in dire need of a strip club. It will most definitely have a positive impact on the economy as well as divorced alcoholics. That is all for today.
lbh April 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Great riding potential in Stratfield? Hardly, I run on that road and it is like running along the Merritt Parkway and just as dangerous. I am one of the many people who opposed the Walgreens, I would rather see it empty. I would only want a small market back. I miss the IGA
tonypct April 12, 2012 at 01:34 AM
LOL! That would serve those small minded Stratfield folks who opposed a Walgreens! :-)
fairfieldgal April 12, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Are you people for real? Obviously, anyone who supports Walgreens doesn't actually LIVE in Stratfield. I have lived in Stratfield for 14 years and I applaud the SVA's victory over Walgreens. Walgreens would have significantly altered the character of our neighborhood, and we don't want it! That's the bottom line! So all of you whiners go buy the crappy stuff they sell in Walgreens somewhere else -- we don't want you in Stratfield anyway. :)
Master P April 12, 2012 at 01:32 PM
i live in ffld, for over 30 years... i call that side of town, the armpit of ffld...
marve neuman April 12, 2012 at 06:43 PM
a supermarket that specializes in Kosher foods. something the area needs, and all can enjoy!
fairfield newcomer April 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Then ask that the owners, who I assume have been collecting rent all the time that the Walgrens suit was going on, to clean up the place and fix the exterior of the building. BTW, in case you aren't aware and I don't know how you wouldn't be, we have five or more pharmacies within 5 miles of that location, another wasn't needed except for those to lazy to travel out of the "lifelong" location.
fairfield newcomer April 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Where were all the pro Walgren's people when this was all going on, why weren't you out there to support the chain, because you were too busy doing nothing else and now you voice a contrary opinion, pathetic spoilers. BTW, you seem think that the property taxes have been suspended, wake up, that never happens.
fairfield newcomer April 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM
No, these disgruntled people are snipers, those who take potshots and complain about whatever, their lot in life is just to complain, and by using the word elitist they imply those looking to try to protect the community feel they are better than others, ignore them because they'll be on to some other subject tomorrow because their attention span is that of a 3 month old.
fairfield newcomer April 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Do you think that kind of "adult ed" can pay the substantial rent required for that space or even have an idea of what the rent is?
fairfield newcomer April 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Small merchants are on the way out because consumers go to the national chains instead of the small shops, how many people go to Posters instead of Homedepot, if you don't support the small stores they will disappear.
Fairfield Resident April 14, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Nice Mouth Mr. Mayor...............I hope you don't kiss your Mother with it.......
tonypct April 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I don't have the time (nor the energy!) to read all 81 of these posts again, so my apologies if this has already been discussed, But I don't get the hate on chains in this town. Yes, chain stores are run by large corporations. But at every local level, they employ people (most of them local residents), they pay taxes, they provide a source of competition so they tend to keep prices in check. I still remember the outcry against Borders and while it was around, it provided a pretty good place to get together with friends and family for a coffee after strolling or shopping downtown. And as far as Applebees is concerned, that was most definitely an elitist response against having a lower cost food restaurant in town. The excuse often cited was that Applebees called itself a "Bar and Grill." For cryin' out loud, there's a Joes American Bar and Grill diagonally across the street from where Applebees would have been! Very easy for the elitists and snobs in this town (and they have unfortunately increased dramatically in numbers!) to hide behind the mantra of keeping our small community a community. We're not a "small community" any more. Back on topic, while I agree that there are too many drugstores and pharmacies in town already, a Walgreens at the Stratfield site would have been much better to the blight that is there now.
peacemaker April 14, 2012 at 01:57 PM
The IGA problem is no different than the Gould Manor problem - people outside the neighborhood don't understand the dynamics and needs of a specific part of the community. Gould Manor didn't want the ball fields renovated. No one from outside that neighborhood could figure out what the problem was, but the neighborhood was able to work it out to their satisfaction. They're at it again with the Turner site. A Park? Nope, don't get that either. Leave Stratfield alone.
DM June 13, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Why hasn't the SVA leased the property already? They all have such great ideas for what should be there...right? Put your money where your mouth is, and run the ideal biz for your community. Cant wait to see what they open.
brian kelly June 14, 2012 at 05:16 AM
this space is so far out of the way, they should be grateful that anyone expresses an interest in it. its only been vacant for 10 years. walgreen's would have been perfect. the town of fairfield blew it! it will probably become a methadone clinic... brian kelly
Juliet Majmudar June 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Two cents two months too late? Aware that I am (very) late to the game, I would like to put my two cents in this conversation. Discussions such as these demonstrate that Fairfield residents care deeply what we see happening in our community and want to contribute. A former Stratfield Village resident, I understand why many locals view a chain store as undesirable. Chain stores strive to build a trusted brand with a repeatable and reliable customer experience. One major benefit to their shoppers is predictability of the customer experience. Customers walk in to find everything as expected. This is desirable especially when the shopper is in an unfamiliar area. But we don’t love Stratfield because it offers predictability; we love it for dozens of other reasons. It is walkable and bikable, pet friendly, family friendly, and includes a mix of housing types and residential/commercial zoning and public space. All of these qualities are SO SOUGHT AFTER in suburban planning that entire development firms have sprung up to re-create these conditions in new developments. In Stratfield these elements are already present. Fairfield locals who value Stratfield want to celebrate this wonderful comingling of pleasant elements in the neighborhood and add to that mix rather than interrupting it with the addition of a chain store that would pop up on every traveler’s smartphone.
Juliet Majmudar June 21, 2012 at 01:16 PM
My two cents about how to use the former IGA space? Subdivide. Section one - create a social space, a coffee shop and bakery with a FABULOUS and HEALTHY kids’ menu. Friends will linger over lunch or stop in on the walk home from school. Parents out with kids will grab a quick coffee and snack. Commuters on their way to work will meet for a coffee and stop in on the way home for dessert pastries. Section two - open a very small market where local farms’ produce is featured. Think NYC corner store with flowers along the sidewalk. Home delivery service would add an element of personal service that the neighborhood craves and provide after-school employment for enterprising teens. Section three - establish a prominent, striking storefront featuring pop-up shops. Rent could vary seasonally, allowing the landlord to attract businesses with a variety of financial means for rent. Think Blue Jeans Bar, costume rental shop in October, back-to-school themed sales in August, trunk shows. Fairfield is home to myriad entrepreneurs who work from home and would benefit from access to a storefront on a short-term basis. Down time? Rent the space out for events. Fairfield interior designers could showcase work by providing design services for events. Local artists could offer their works for display in the pop up space to give them market exposure. If anyone is still tuned in to this discussion thread, please share reactions to this idea.
Restaurant Snob January 23, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Melioro -- we're still waiting....


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