Visions for Vacancies: Stop & Shop Shopping Center, Villa Ave

What would you like to see developed in this space on Villa Avenue in Fairfield?

The plaza on Villa Avenue boasts the grocery store, a , and , the clothing store. Next door you'll find ; nearby there's , , and .

But RHYS Commercial Real Estate is looking to rent out a 2,000 square-foot space directly opposite Stop & Shop for a rate of $125,000 per year.

There is no building currently at the pad site. What type of business would you like to see added to the Stop & Shop plaza on Villa Avenue? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Ffld mom August 09, 2012 at 11:51 AM
We need a sporting goods store like Olympia.
Don Joe August 09, 2012 at 12:55 PM
we need more banks and nail solons!
Jennifer Hochberg August 09, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Great idea about a sporting goods store....another idea is a shoe store (years ago, Fayva was in the spot where Rainbow is now), there's very few "dedicated" shoe stores anymore especially where they actually measure your feet and make sure that you walk out purchasing shoes that fit properly (such as Hawley Lane Shoes up in Shelton). Certainly NO banks (there's already a People's United in the Stop & Shop, plus a Ffld County Bank on the edge of the parking lot), & there's already a nail salon in that plaza.
Pi August 09, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Can we squeeze another CVS in there?
Master P August 09, 2012 at 01:36 PM
125k a year!!! Gonna be empty for a while... but hey what do i know...
Theresa W August 09, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Wendy's, KFC, Dick's Sporting Store, Michael's (craft store),
Bunny August 09, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Bunny August 09, 2012 at 01:54 PM
kentuck fried chicken is a good idea too...
Pi August 09, 2012 at 02:06 PM
2,000 square feet is not big enough for a sporting goods store.
Caitlin Mazzola (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 02:40 PM
One reader emailed this idea: "A stop and shop gas station, so we can redeem our points closer to home."
Pi August 09, 2012 at 02:42 PM
You can redeem points at the shell station on Black Rock Turnpike and I believe the one on the Post road.
Chuck E. Arla August 09, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I-Love-Fairfield August 09, 2012 at 03:20 PM
A Dairy Queen would be a gold mine - and fit the space.
Chuck E. Arla August 09, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Already have a Fairfield DQ on Post Rd. There might be franchisee territorial protection issues.
Daniela August 09, 2012 at 03:38 PM
A Quiznos would be great. The above comment on Wendy's (but would probably need a stand alone) would be great. A craft store is another need in town.
Donna Fallacaro August 09, 2012 at 04:02 PM
A craft store like Joanns or Michaels would do well. I
Pi August 09, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I don't think you guys realize how small 2,000 square feet actually is.
JM August 09, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I say NONE of the above, with all of those ideas being promoted for the unoccupied, current eye sore spots on Kings Highway East -- the former sites of the car dealership and Brown & Brown. Those are awful to see.
Chuck E. Arla August 09, 2012 at 04:59 PM
You can't force one property owner to build on another's lot. But I agree that that entire strip looks like a set for The Walking Dead.
Barabajagal August 09, 2012 at 05:20 PM
$125K a year for 2,000 SF = $62.50 per square foot. That's insane
Pi August 09, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I don't think that was JM's point at all.
Jim Eastwood August 09, 2012 at 05:46 PM
HMMMMM !!! Good afternoon all Yes 2000 sq fett is not a Lot $125,000 a year is A LOT Think about something which would serve Fairfield as well as Bridgeport as well. A Kentucky Fried Chicken or something like that. We don't need another CVS, nor a Bank nor a Chinese food place and a High end store of sorts would not work in this working class area. Think Basic, think service and Lower your rents !!!! Have a Great Day !!!!!
Robert C Keppler August 09, 2012 at 07:01 PM
How about NOTHING. This town already has too much commercial developement. I'd like to see greenery - trees, bushes & grass please.
Chuck E. Arla August 09, 2012 at 07:14 PM
If I'm reading the map correctly this area is already a parking lot. The owner is paying tax on it and will be paying a lot more if he builds on it. Don't see your greenspace idea working here. Are you proposing that the owner just give the land away to the town? Would the town even want to own a swatch of green in a parking lot??
brian kelly August 09, 2012 at 07:33 PM
how about turning it into a nature preserve! but I'm sure it will become a citibank, starbucks, gap or McDonald's to accommodate our obese, undereducated american consumers. the reasons why i moved to fairfield 15 years ago, these same reasons no longer exist...
Pi August 09, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Yeah, a 2,000 square foot nature preserve. There will be one squirrel that lives there and he'll run in circles all day.
Jenn B August 10, 2012 at 01:30 AM
WENDY's!!!! It is the only fast food option that is really missed in ffld =)
Jenn B August 10, 2012 at 01:34 AM
At Pi - HA! Thank you for that giggle!
Jennifer Hochberg August 10, 2012 at 04:23 AM
@FFLDRESIDENT....yes, there are plans to put a S&S gas station at the former Mobil station, its been a long time coming thank goodness.


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