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Vision for Vacancy: Former Blockbuster Video Building

The building in the Quentin Corners shopping mall at 780 W. Northwest Highway has been since January, 2010. What do you think would be the next best use for this property at the intersection of Northwest Highway and Quentin Road?

This week's Vision for Vacancy is the former Blockbuster Video building located at 780 W. Northwest Highway in the Quentin Corners shopping mall. 

Blockbuster had a fairly long run at the 4,800 square foot location, it opened in 1991 and closed its doors in 2010. 

In early October, a PeaPod Pick-up opened in the building adjacent to the vacant spot in the mall. 

Other businesses in the Quentin Corners mall include Salon Lorrene, Subway, Ben and Jerry's, Great American American Bagel and Baird and Warner. 

Prior to it being a Blockbuster Video, a Here's Hollywood video store was located in the building from 1989 until 1991. 

Do you have a vision for this vacancy? Share your thoughts in our comments section below! 

If you are interested in this property or any others in the village, contact Deputy Village Manager Mike Jacobs at 847-359-9053

Frank Reiss December 20, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Kids clothes store, all the windows are great for displays.
Ken December 20, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Nada, leave it..........Per last weeks' article, the property taxes have driven Brandt's away, which is right across the street. Far too much profit has to be generated simply to cover the property tax bill, let alone to other costs of doing business. No business deserves that.
Laura Keslinke December 20, 2012 at 04:02 PM
How about a building where 5 guys or Smash Burger, Noodle company and another restaurant share the location? You see that happening in Arlington Heights, Kildeer and all over.
Jay F. December 20, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Ken, property taxes is Brandt's excuse for not paying their bills. This is a load of garbage, there are plenty of other businesses and restaurants NOT failing. They dug their own grave.
Ken December 20, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Perhaps we can get the recent tax bill info posted here from a reliable source? I' m thinking that this lot is in an area where there are a lot of townhomes nearby on the east and west sides. For a 2000 sq. ft. townhome, that of which does not even have it's own yard, the property taxes are already over 6K/annually, and that doesn't even include the mortgage. On the retail front, this becomes the profit of your business for a given # of days/month. At what point does it become not worth the risk? The automobile in & out access to this lot is not simple either, which makes a Starbucks not very accomodating to the morning commuters. Remember the White Hen, Boston Market?
Melanie Santostefano (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Here's what other readers are saying on the Palatine Patch Facebook Page: -My vision is a Chipotle. What about Alemars though? So many abandoned businesses in Palatine. I feel like I live in Detroit sometimes when I drive around town. -I would love to be the first Pawnshop in Palatine!! -How about a bowling alley. -How about the Starbucks they were considering putting on Smith and NW Highway? -I vote for a Starbucks also!
Lea December 20, 2012 at 08:10 PM
How about a Family Video or a Caribou Coffee house!!
Lea December 20, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Probably too close to the Kildeer location but I like this idea!
Lea December 20, 2012 at 08:13 PM
One more suggestion would be a Pockets restaurant. Healthy options with the YMCA so close.
Scott December 20, 2012 at 08:23 PM
The problem with this corner is the *very* limited ways to get in and out of it. Lots of left turn restrictions. I would imagine for that reason alone a coffee shop would not be interested.
Ed RIchter December 20, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I live in close proximity to this ugly eyesore of a building. The least the village can do is get the owner to clean and paint it like Boston Market did, then it might become more attractive to other businesses.
Lea December 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I agree!
upton December 20, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Binny's beverage mart
Joe Clark December 21, 2012 at 12:31 AM
How about a Panera Bread restaurant?
Chicago Food Guy December 21, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Portillo's would be good.
Chicago Food Guy December 21, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Video already failed there and we have at least three coffee places in very close proximity.
Chicago Food Guy December 21, 2012 at 04:10 AM
I agree Scott, the two eastern corners of that intersection (across the street and the corner in question) are both unfavorable for driving in/out. I think its far worse across the street however.
Chicago Food Guy December 21, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I heard it was mortgage payments that will put Brandt's under, not taxes. Any business in Palatine would be good for everyone because it lowers the overall tax burden; letting this building simply sit there unoccupied isn't good at all.
Chicago Food Guy December 21, 2012 at 04:24 AM
I think they did recently, no? One thing I have never seen is marketing from this place. I've probably driven by this place a thousand times and always considered it a bar with bar type food. If that is the case, than it doesn't offer anything unique. It's all about competition these days and offering something the others don't.
Kate December 21, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Portillo's would be awesome!!!!! and it would draw people into town from lake county.
Joemama December 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Why not get what others don't have Jack in the box, or an "In n out burger" if you want to attract customes to the area.
Informed citizen December 26, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I wish they would find a good restaurant to replace Marlowe's/Anthem Grill - it is a great location on Euclid - but please no more bar and grills - can we get a good restauarant in the area again please.
Terry S January 22, 2013 at 10:42 PM
How about a Mediterranean restaurant, like Pita Inn, or Pita Pita?

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