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What Should Fill Vacancies at Town Center?

The pedestrian mall in the heart of downtown Napa is lined with empty shops. What would you like to see replace the vacancies?

City of Napa planning director there is enough vacant retail space in downtown Napa for about 53 shops.

Many of those vacancies are in , the pedestrian mall just north of First Street, where empty storefronts abound.

What kinds of shops, restaurants and other businesses would you like to see come to Town Center?

Let your imagination run free and share your thoughts in our comments section.

Marsha Dorgan April 12, 2012 at 03:09 PM
How about a night club that would stay open late. This would also benefit the recent rise in restaurants downtown. I think it is something those businesses would welcome. A night club would attract locals and visitors. It could be a good venue for showcasing local and regional talent.
Louisa Hufstader April 12, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Marsha, what a great idea! Maybe if combined with Derry's idea of turning the space into an arcade, so the sounds of music and revelry are contained to the property. (What might be really cool would be to have multiple areas, at least one for all-ages entertainment and another for the 21-and-ups like us.) Keep thinking big!
Louisa Hufstader April 12, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I would love to have a bookstore/café/record store with indoor and outdoor seating.
Louisa Hufstader April 12, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I worked closely with Best Buy in the 1990s to launch a new product line and had a great experience at that time, but right now I'd like to see the company get its own house in order before it expands into our neighborhood. They need a strong CEO, for starters!
DJ Lipton Weide April 25, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I love the idea of having an open square like in Sonoma. I know some of the buildings are historic, but it would be lovely to have an open pedestrian area with cafes, nightclub, arcade, clothing shops, and to include all of the above contributions! If the mostly empty building on the north side of First were removed - think of the possibilities!

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