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What Should Go Here?

This former dry cleaners is located on the corner of Street and Mearns roads.

This recently closed dry cleaners is available for rental by any interested new tenants. It is located on Street Road, in the same small shopping strip as and . It also used to be a West Coast Video store.

We were hoping to get the public's opinion on what should go here. What do you want to see in this location? Would you like to see some manufacturing company or an office complex? Or is it about time they put something different there?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section and keep an eye out for more vacant stores like this. If you see another property you think we should highlight, email me at james.boyle@patch.com or add it to the comments section.

Melodie September 05, 2012 at 11:59 PM
lolol!!!
Pete Krenshaw September 06, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I believe a Wawa with gas is already approved to be built on the other side of the CVS just to the west on Street Rd.
John Rathbun September 06, 2012 at 11:24 AM
How about a medical marijuana dispensary or a methadon clinic.
Kevin Quinn September 06, 2012 at 12:03 PM
No more fast food places. This township doesn't need more reasons for the folks that rob the banks to spend more time here.
Pamela September 06, 2012 at 12:42 PM
No more fast food????? Last time I looked we have 1 burger king!!! As for the WAWA going up next to CVS, yeah that was the rumor almost a year ago...still don't see it, but I see lots of broken concrete and weeds.....How long did it take to put up 3 CVS's and a new school???!!!!
Karen Milewski September 06, 2012 at 01:16 PM
My vote is for a Taco Bell/ KFC or i would settle for a Wawa.
Pamela September 06, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Now we're getting somewhere....Taco Bell/KFC has my vote..I can drive to hatboro for McDonalds, or Northampton for Wendy's. Still don't like giving my $$ to other townships for goods and services but if I can't get what I want in warminster, I will def drive somewhere else.. Last time I checked our Supervisors were crying about the budget and lost revenues, well maybe they should approve the businesses that the community wants and not their idea of what should be here.....
Pete Krenshaw September 06, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I agree we should have more business the community wants in Warminster and it would certainly help the bottom line of the township budget. That being said, it really is not that simply. It takes time and money to develop any parcel of property as well as commitment by a developer. I understand your earlier point about Wawa but that is not the fault of the supervisors. The plans were approved and, for some reason, Wawa is taking their time in breaking ground. At this point I wouldn't be surprised if things remained idle on the site for another 6 months - until after the winter season. Perhaps this is because they want to build two sites back to back. They are in the process of obtaining approvals for another location in Warminster which is at the corner of County Line and Davisville Roads. They are proposing to replace the existing Wawa with their new format which includes a larger store and gas pumps. CVS was a rare case where a company really wanted to come in. I remember people complaining, asking if we really needed THREE more pharmacies in the Township. the township government can only enforce the laws/ordinances it has and can not exactly dictate what businesses are interested in coming in to town. By the way, there is a Dunkin Donuts with drive thru located at Street and Cooper Roads in front of Thunderbird Lanes.
Pete Krenshaw September 06, 2012 at 01:39 PM
How about a hobby shop? With the closure of the WREC, kids may be looking for things to do. They could sell model airplanes (both stationary to be built and remote control) as well as other remote control vehicles.
Pamela September 06, 2012 at 02:13 PM
First of all WAWA has been trying to build to Warminster on Street Road for 5 years and is continuously running into issues with our township. CVS got approval because they offered to pay for the turning lane that was put in at County line and York Roads. Third unless you live North of Norristown Road, that DD is useless. I'm not going to drive out of my way in the morning when I drive towards the city for work. Lets face it, with the school schedule as late as it is, we all have less time in the morning ..And I thought the WREC was only moving not closing.......
Patti H September 06, 2012 at 02:22 PM
How about a nice place for children - similar to Happy Times
Pete Krenshaw September 06, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I know Wawa went through a lot to gain approval but they did obtain it. All they need to do now is build. CVS paying for the turn lane explains their one location...how about the other two? When you say north of Norristown Road, I assume you mean west. I suppose if you live on the eastern side of Warminster, it would be difficult to stop at the Dunkin Donuts I mentioned. The WREC is the actual building, not Warminster Parks and Recreation which includes programming. Only the building is closing and the Parks and Recreation is moving.
Longtime Resident September 06, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Pamela, First off there is a Dunkin Donuts in at Ivyland and York Roads. Now get real did you see the size of the store in question???? Your ideas will in no way fit in that small space!!!! Also as someone else has said there is an approved WAWA with gas to be built next to the CVS at Mearns and Street Roads. As far as the comment of the supervisors allowing 3 CVS stores in Warminster there was no legal reason to not allow them to build.....again no legal reason.
Longtime Resident September 06, 2012 at 03:04 PM
A Great Idea, Maybe you should get a clue....and fill the small place between your ears. The zoning board does not approve everything!!! There has to be a LEGAL reason to not approve a plan, not just because we have another competing business or more than one of a business.
Longtime Resident September 06, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Has anyone really looked at the size of the old dry cleaners building and the number of parking spaces there???? A fast food place, a place like happy times????
Pete Krenshaw September 06, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I agree with you Longtime Resident! I don't think people understand the logistics of building anything in a township. There are ordinances in place which dictate the size and type of business allowed by law to be built on any piece of land in the township. These rules are in place to prevent favoritism and cronyism people like Rush Limbo above like to claim. At least I am not alone on these board Longtime Resident!
Jen September 06, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I am still disappointed about the Dollar store moving out of the Davisville Shopping Center. County Line location is out of my way... I think that storefront is big enough for a Trader Joe's...that gets my vote.
Pamela September 06, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I do believe people were commenting in general about what we would like to see in our neighborhood, not at that specific location. If you look around there are TONS of store fronts and lots that are empty in Warminster.
dog poo September 06, 2012 at 06:05 PM
"These rules are in place to prevent favoritism and cronyism people...". That's a pile of dog poo.
Lauren Sandy Saxman September 06, 2012 at 07:32 PM
what about a cyber cafe'? A place with computers, printers, an internet access for people to utilize, and before anyone says, "thats' why there are libraries" I'm thinking about the families and people that work late, and miss the library hours, or can't afford a monthly service bill for home internet or can't afford a home computer. These services use to be a luxary, now its required for just about all schools, and its hard to juggle everyday life without adding the inconvience of trying to find computer usage. Its just a thought, anyway..I'd also like to see a good Country style BBQ cooking eatery..Woody's is ok, just too commercialized an not "real" country feeling...
Matplus September 07, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I would like Seafood America, right behind this location, to again open up a retail store here. All it would take is a few more refreigerated and freezer units to get started. I enjoyed their prepared food when they had the old retail store within their plant. Now they would have visiability.
Lauren Sandy Saxman September 07, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Matplus, that's a real good idea. Hopefully they would maintain the same good quality and not go down the tubes like Harbor House did when they moved...
Rush Limbo September 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Pete Krenshaw, Balderdash! Name the Supervisor who cried the most when COSTCO proposed a gas pump. Let's be real.
Pete Krenshaw September 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Rush - I don't remember specific details of who was not jumping on board with the idea of gas at COSTCO so why don't you enlighten me? And just because they opposed gas at COSTCO does not mean they own a gas station. I believe Leo Quinn works for an electronics company, Tom Panzer is an attorney, Frank Feinberg is retired, Mark McKee is in construction and Dan McPhillips works for Home Depot... Unless I am wrong. it doesn't look like there are any owners of gas stations on the Board of Supervisors. Maybe you are thinking of someone on one of the previous boards? Perhaps it was Jarvis or Johnson...
Rush Limbo September 14, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Pete Krenshaw, Pete,I am astonished for a person who is aware of the details of all the supervisors can not recall who was on the board at the time of the decision. Now naming the person in a public forum is not my intent I am certain with the availablity of information in these days you can make yourself aware. Let's not be decieved all the local townships have hobby horse and special interests behind the closed doors when they are in session. Look at the current developments going on in Warminister and ask the people who have to get special variences to build. Did the public golf course have to jump through the same hoops as private contractors? I am sure Guisepee's and other private companies/developers had to make consessions. I guess this begs the question is Warminister a business friendly environment that can get these store fronts filled or just interested in regulations. Is anyone else tired of the nanny state? Anyhow, I enjoy the page and reading all the comments, we live in a great nation and town.
Pete Krenshaw September 14, 2012 at 04:00 PM
The board included Jarvis and Johnson who have since been replaced by McPhillips and McKee. I believe the board at the time COSTCO was proposed and approved (with gas station) also approved Giant's new gas station - even granting a waiver of land development if I remember correctly.
Pete Krenshaw September 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Also, I doubt there were many people on this current board or even the L&I department were involved in the details of the golf course development. That being said, there is always room for improvement when it comes to being business friendly.
carl February 19, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I,m tierd of going to hatboro to get good coffee not that stuff from dunkin donuts. wawa was going to build where the rental truck service is, not next to cvs. there is something going on between the township and gas station owners I "THINK". I see gaint got their gas station mmm. I know why don't we approved more cvs's and bed stores
Pete Krenshaw February 19, 2013 at 09:22 PM
carl, Wawa was approved by the Township. Go ask them why they haven't started building yet. My guess is they are waiting for their other location to gain all the appropriate approvals (corner of Davisville and County Line Roads) so they can do both sites concurrently. That is just my guess though.
Pete Krenshaw February 19, 2013 at 09:23 PM
And when I say "go ask them" I am referring to Wawa. It looks to me that the ball is in there court.

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