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POLL: What New Business Should Come to Wilmington?

We want your input on what new store, restaurant or other business would be a good fit in town.

It's a debate that frequently comes to the forefront among Wilmington Patch readers.

With this week's  closely , readers have weighed in with their ideas for other businesses that would be a good fit in Wilmington.

Reader ideas in the past have ranged from craft stores to different kinds of restaurants and much more. 

So now we give you another chance to play Wilmington developer. What business do you want to see in town?

Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Marion Bradford July 22, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Steve, Pewter Pot went out of business decades ago,
Steve McMahan July 22, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Thanks for the news flash Marion. I woke up this morning with a giant gray beard and found that I was asleep for thirty years. I swung by Birch to pick up my prescription but I found that closed too. Then I went to Stelio's for a rot-gut breakfast but found a 99's in its place. Then I stopped at Farmer and the Del for a sandwich to find that it was also closed. What a frieghtening day.
Marion Bradford July 22, 2012 at 07:53 PM
:) :) :) your note brought back a lot of memories, Thanks, I miss all those places, I loved farmer in the dell for their mini subs, especially sea food salad with pickles.
Ernie Botte July 22, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Marion -- (and Steve) There is a yarn and fabric store across the lot from Zayres in North Reading
Steve McMahan July 22, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I remember that store! We drive by there on our way to pick up Chinese food at McWong's right next to Atlantic Supermarket!
Ernie Botte July 22, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I thought Atlantic closed and the Flea Market is there now?
Steve McMahan July 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Right. If we didn't find what we wanted there, we'd go to Jolly Jim's in Woburn. You know, right behind Ames?
Steve McMahan July 22, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Every now and again my old man would drop off the car at Wilmington Ford for repairs. Then he'd walk to Huntley's and browse around for a while before getting a haircut at the Clipper Ship. Then after he picked up the car he'd stop into Mancini's for some fried chicken & Jo-Jo potatoes.
Marion Bradford July 23, 2012 at 12:33 AM
OK! OK! Steve point taken, they have all gone, Still want to play?
Steve McMahan July 23, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Always.
Frank Mangano July 23, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I would like to see a real Mexican food restaurant. The last thing we need is two more donut shops.
Carla July 23, 2012 at 02:50 PM
A Trader's Joe, or Whole Foods would be great!
Marion Bradford July 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I'd like to see Grants come back too, I loved that store, Hi Ernie
Marion Bradford July 23, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I don't North Wilmington is a good site for MONSTER GOLF, but whole foods or trader Joe's would be great, if De Moulas would let them in
Melissa Erickson July 23, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Carla - sista! I am right there with you! ;) Unfortunately I can bet that whatever Whole Foods uses as "criteria" to build their stores our area won't meet it. They never went through with the one in Reading that they were going to build - the one that is now a MB (right behind the Stop n Shop) was where they were going to go.
Carla July 23, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I'm seeing all the other suggestions too, which I think is great! Also...as big of a coffee drinker I am, I say no more coffee places!
Marion Bradford July 23, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Lucci's has some great carry home prepared meals, cooked right there on the premises Called Susan's Kitchen, John Lucci's wife and crew,make them and they are delish......
J.R. July 23, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I would love to see real Mexican food, and I agree wholeheartedly that we've reached full donut shop capacity.
J.R. July 23, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Whole Foods is planning a store in Lynnfield where the Colonial was. That'll be easier to get to than the Andover or Woburn stores.
jo July 23, 2012 at 09:52 PM
haha..jojo potatoes at Mancini's-- that made me laugh... too funny. What about candy at Weinberg's? haha..and Big Joes for a sub, oh wait a minute... that's still there.. I think...
Stace894 July 24, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I like the idea of someplace to do Family activities,, doesn't particularlly have to be a "Teen Hangout", Maybe Billiards, Arcade, Darts.. things like that. If not that then some type of all-around store,,,Don't like to have to run to N.Reading, Tewksbury or Woburn when I need something from Walmart or Target.
Matt Schooley (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Fairly soon your wish for an all-around store may become a reality, Stace. Here is a recent story about Target's Wilmington plans. http://patch.com/A-tg5n
Stacie July 24, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I hope along with Target comes the "Target Recreational Fields" If Target builds over off Ballardvalle St then maybe they could sponsor a field of dreams per-say!
Robert Hayes July 24, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Hi Matt -- FYI, I believe there's also a new frozen yogurt shop (Froyo To Go) opening up in the Square One Plaza (2 Lowell Street).
Matt Schooley (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Robert, you could have at least said "spoiler alert!" I've been working on a story on that today and it will run first thing Wednesday morning. Thanks for the heads up though!
Kevin MacDonald July 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Stacie, I have to give credit where credit is due. I drove through the Deming Way extension and saw that the meteor size pot holes were filled in. If you had a part in that then I want to give you credit and thanks. Keep taking care of those elderly folks, there are many nice people down there.
Kevin Mac July 24, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Maybe if a new store opens up Kevin can get a job. I bet the town manager, selectman, and school committee hopes he will work 2nd shift.
David Lozzi (@HappyRealist) July 26, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Home Depot! I'd get back HOURS a week of my life if one was in town....
webmom July 26, 2012 at 03:14 PM
David, the one in Reading isn't far if you cut thru Reading Center,right off any side road off Main St. ..it's pretty close.
Karl Ian Sagal August 08, 2012 at 03:46 AM
This is a great thread. Lots of positive images of the past, and hopefully the future. Of course, we can fantasize all we like, it will have no impact on if these things come to pass or not, but is it still fun. I ate for the first time today at Chick Fil A. I am not a huge fast food fan, but the chicken sandwiches were pretty good. If we must fast food, I would say that would be okay. Earlier, someone mentioned Big Joe's. He is still there, and still open, and still makes great sandwiches, meat pies and more. And of course, the floor show is the best in town. I cut thru Reading to get to Home Depot too, and it is not too far, but closer would be better. I think someplace wholesome and fun where kids and teens can hang out with or for families to hang out would be great. A sports center with batting cages or maybe a go cart race track, maybe a multi discipline place with billiards, arcades and other simple games. Mexican food is a good thought. My family has some gluten sensitivities, and this past weekend we went to Woodman's in Essex for the first time. It is similar to a Kelly's kind of place (in Revere, on the beach) and they are almost all Gluten free. Something like that would be great.

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