What Should Replace This Vacant Business Space?

What do you think should replace the old Giant grocery store on Solomons Island Road?

Businesses come and go all the time—it's the nature of the industry. 

It's never pretty to see vacant business space in your local town, but there are several unoccupied buildings throughout the Edgewater and Davidsonville areas.

As part of a Vision for Vacancies feature here on Patch, I'd like to highlight local vacancies and see what you want to see in its place.

To kick things off, here is the shopping mart-sized building on Solomons Island Road in need of a makeover. So what would you put in its stead?

The building used to be an old Giant and was even a temporary costume shop around Halloween.

What do want to replace the vacant shopping mart building on the west side of Route 2? Cast your vote in the comments!

Jill Youngblood Scott June 23, 2012 at 04:16 PM
CiCi's pizza!!!
Bonnie Roberts June 23, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I am a grandmother of 3 grandchildren, and I think something for kids of all ages would be awesome, the kids in the areas have nothing they can do indoors.
GChet June 23, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Ice skating rink.....great revenue as so much is charged for lessons, hockey etc!,,,would be great!
Mike Lofton June 23, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Would make a nice park. Edgewater has become a souless commercial strip.
Alexa Faulkner June 23, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Would love to see an ice rink, batting cages or YMCA. How about a youth center with a public pool? We also need a good after school program for older kids (middle and high).
Lisa Volmar Logan June 23, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Home Goods, Tuesday Morning or, World Market!
s allan June 23, 2012 at 07:25 PM
love to see a ywca, everyone can enjoy
Julie Anderson French June 23, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I like the indoor sports arena idea but how about a Wal-Mart?
Kate Fox June 23, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I am all for a rec center there or something else for kids. If not that then why not put the Fiat dealership there, rather where they want to put it at the old Police station which is in a neighborhood.
Kate Fox June 23, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I commented before I saw this. I am in total agreement.
Mary Landmann June 23, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Would love a Trader Joe's here in our area.
Nola Meyers June 23, 2012 at 10:47 PM
That is exactly what we were thinking. If I could just win the lotto I would buy it myself and turn it into one :)
jan Mitchell June 24, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Tee Vee June 24, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Great Idea!
Erin Shaw June 24, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Aldi would be awesome, or a small Walmart
Roberta Acuti June 24, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I like either the bowling alley or the ice skating rink or a movie theater. There are already three gyms in Edgewater, three grocery stores, a hardware store, and more restaurants than you can shake a stick at. Trader Joes already has a very popular location just about five miles over the bridge, so I doubt they would put one over here.
Suzanne Austin-Kashawlic June 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I believe we could use an ice skating rink or indoor gym facility for kids and adults.
Susan June 24, 2012 at 01:19 PM
A sports/rec center for the community. Like indoor basketball for adults and kids. Gymnasium for tumbling, yoga, dancing, Area for skateboarding, rollerblading, etc. Something affordable for everyone. I think it would be great.
Tiff June 24, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I would love to see an ice rink, skating rink, or indoor go-karting! Or a drive in theater with ping pong tables & arcade games inside. Or use the building for a ice rink & at night put up a screen in the parking lot for a drive in movie theater :)
Mayo Reader June 24, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Coastal Flats Restaurant
Jim Davis June 24, 2012 at 09:51 PM
How about a sporting goods store with indoor small bore rifle and pistol range.
Shari Thompson Cornell June 25, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Rec center for kids and grown ups would be wonderful! I heard a Lowe's might come...??
Eclecticism June 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I agree with the indoor sports / rec. center. That would be great... Better yet... tear it down and plant some trees. How about a dog park? Please NO MORE RETAIL... especially not another BIG BOX store (Wal Mart, Lowes, Target, etc.) or another grocery store! If it has to remain a "building", I'd prefer for it to be an American company... not an Aldi (German) or another Food Lion (French) or another GIant (Dutch)! I'll save the Wal Mart debate for another time... but before wishing for yet another Walmart dotting an overly-saturated Balt-Wash retail landscape or choosing to shop at an existing Wal Mart, please consider how many US Dollars are being sent to China via Wal Mart. I wish more people connected the dots and understood how important it really is to buy American goods and shop American companies...
Sheila Robertson June 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM
HOMEGOODS!!!!! or a Wegman's would be nice.
TM June 25, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Something for kids is desperately needed - we don't even have a decent playground in the area. Olive Garden? Seriously? Whatever it is I hope it is NOT another chain restaurant. Glad to see most of the suggestions are to help with the problem of nothing to do for our youth around the area. When my grandchildren come to visit from PA we are always scrambling to find something for them to do... Mini golf and ice cream or skating is a great idea. But at $7000/mo average to rent space around the area - good luck...
Erika June 25, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Tee Vee June 26, 2012 at 01:06 PM
And Southdown's not a neighborhood?
Mark Bolin June 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM
A new COSTCO, but is there enough space??? Maybe a Trader Joe's then.
Lisa Craig July 02, 2012 at 12:00 PM
No walmart, ever! And lets support environmental sustainability thru reuse of the building. Is Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp working with owner to market?
Charles May 10, 2013 at 01:05 PM
How about a topless night club with a casino


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