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Visions for Vacancies: 661 Haddon Ave.

Collingswood has empty storefronts. You have ideas. Let's hear what you want to see added to Collingswood's business community.

Do you have a business idea that doesn’t need a lot of space? A small storefront on Haddon Avenue needs a new tenant—you tell us what should go there.

The address in question is 661 Haddon Ave., former home to a travel agency. The new tenant would get a small storefront nestled between a Chinese takeout place and a hair salon.

Put on your thinking caps—what do you want to see in this space? Something in the service industry? Something on the retail side?

If you’re in the market to snap up the property, you’re in luck; it’s also for sale. For a cool $160,000, you get the storefront, an upstairs apartment and an unfinished basement, each approximately 400 square feet. Keller Williams is handling the property’s sale.

(We’ll cut you off at the pass—no, a Trader Joe’s cannot fit in this space.) 

Suzanne Cloud January 11, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Collingswood needs a really good Jewish deli with a great selection of meats and cheeses and breads!
Porterincollingswood January 11, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Does anyone know what happened to the gallery that was displaying paintings in the space that used to house Quilted Nest? They had some great pieces at great prices in the window for most of December, then they were removed. They were also supposed to have opened in late October, then later, and still nothing.
Joseph Russell January 11, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Bike shop!
Lori January 11, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Really 400 sq feet total? store + apartment + basement?
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 05:07 PM
That's a misprint, sorry! Each of the basement, apartment, and store comes in around 400 sq. ft.
Jim Angehr January 11, 2013 at 06:19 PM
It's gonna be a Trader Joe's! But Matt, can you confirm the rumors that this store will become the home office for the Soveriegn Citizen Movement?
Porterincollingswood January 11, 2013 at 06:59 PM
They already have a home, the Patch comments section. Seriously, look at what some of those people write. They're asked to use brown bags and they act like they've just been transported to late 1930's Germany.
Will McGowan January 11, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Yes. We have debate about whether Colls should remain a "dry" town or embrace the 20th Century (and our real estate competition) and add a nice brew pub or a lounge or some type of small scale establishment were you can go after dinner instead of to the city or even to Haddon Twp. You get both sides saying "I like the BYOs?" I do too but the stores hours and BYO hours are not gelling to make lasting real estate; thats why one store opens and another two close. I also know that we are limited to 3 liquor licesnses due to the town population and the question of "who would we give them to?" comes up. "It would hurt the BYO's?". Solution: a nice, "higher" end wine (and cheese, etc?) store IN TOWN that actually HELPS the BYO's buy selling convenient bottles of wine to take to dinner. This would likely be welcomed by the restaurants. It's a system that you can see at work in Garces' Trading post in Philly. They sell the wine; it goes to dinner. License #2: Triumph Brewery? This local chain is set up nicely in New Hope and CC Philly. License #3 can "wait" until needed. Shot in the arm and everybody wins.
Porterincollingswood January 11, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Like the idea of a boutique wine shop, but that will never happen as the liquor stores have a powerful organization that will stop it - that's why it took NJ so long to be able to order online and ship (and the restrictions are still strong as vineyards must pay a fee to be able to do so). Triumph and Iron Hill have huge places, the spot that The Factory is now in was the only space I can think of that would even be close. But then you go back to parking issues. And Pour House and Keg n Kitchen aren't that far away. The new wave of stores better align with the traffic the town gets from the restaurants, but we'll see how they fare.
Theresa Aitken January 11, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Yes a nice Deli
Jo L. January 11, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Nothing will flourish until the parking problems are resolved and the rent prices are lower.
Elisabeth Raab Yucis January 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM
400 sq feet sounds really small. What about a really good spice shop? That would pair nicely with the olive oil & vinegar place down the block!
Lori January 13, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Healthworks carries a selection of spices and herbs in bulk. Have you checked them out?
Loretka March 15, 2013 at 04:10 AM
Italian bread shop. We miss the Erlton Bakery.

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