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Vision for Vacancy: Former Linens 'n Things

The 45,000 sq. ft. retail space in Palatine's Deer Grove Center mall has been vacant since 2008, though a couple of temporary stores have located there since. What do you think would be the next best business here?

This week's Vision for Vacancy is the former Linens 'n Things location at 715 E. Dundee Road. The property in Deer Grove Center has been without a permanent tenant since August of 2008.

Over the last four years, the 45,000 sq. ft. space was used temporarily as a Halloween store in October 2008, and as a holiday-stop for Toys "R" Us Express in the winter of 2010. It is zoned for a variety of retail uses. 

Do you have a vision for this vacancy?

If so, share your thoughts in the comment section below! 

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Laura Keslinke December 04, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Planet Fitness
palresident December 05, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Maybe a Costco?
Sherrill December 05, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Pump it up? or Xtreme trampoline?
Jim December 05, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Hmmmm, seems like a nice solution to solve the village hall problem..... Dont need to spend the 6 to 7 million to fix the current one, there is talk of building a new one. The village to seems to like buying vacant business property. Appears to be a match made in heaven. Buy it cheap and convert it.
Patricia December 05, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Agree with Jim. We already have to pay off the magnificent showpiece edifice police headquarters. So why not rehab the inside of Linen's and Things for the Village Hall and show we can be sensibly austere maybe. Nahhhh!!!
Joemama December 05, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Tare it down and build a high priced high rise condos it worked so well in the downtown area.
Melissa Baumann December 05, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Roller skating
W.J. Walsh December 06, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Old Chicago
L December 06, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Small indoor mall - specialty shops/food/etc. lining both sides of the general entrance.. That's the way to use massive retail spaces otherwise needing a single, giant retailer/investor. Pool the rent, resources, opportunities. There's your novel idea, and watch the rest of suburbia and retailers everywhere follow...
Jenny December 06, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I agree with Pat about the police department. That Grand Lobby is embarrassingly ostentatious. Not only that, but it doesn't even function well. Just trying to talk to an officer behind the glass makes your voice bounce off the two story stone work in the grand foyer. Who on earth is respondible for that over-the-top entrance? I don't begrudge the officers for getting a new space at all. The other was poorly located and overcrowded. But the scale and grandeur of the new one is ridiculous!
Javier December 07, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Sports Authority. I guarantee it will be a great business!

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