MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – While the site at 154-162 E. Main St. — best known as the former Borders Book & Music store — awaits a new tenant, local residents are wondering what kinds of business would best fit in downtown Mount Kisco.
In a January Mount Kisco Daily Voice poll , more than 67 percent of responders said a specialty market such as Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods would be a better option over another book store (23 percent), a clothing chain store (4 percent), a sporting goods store (2 percent), and other (5 percent).
Most recently, several residents offered new suggestions in a conversation with more than 25 comments last week on The Mount Kisco Daily Voice ’s Facebook page .
“Any large store like Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel or any other favorite is interested,” said Isabel Debouverie. “If not, it could be better to split in several small stores for those little boutiques, such as a friendly local bookstore, tack shop, coffeehouse, and pastry shop with affordable leases.”
Still, comments such ass “Whole Foods,” (six likes) from Mary Monachino Pietraszko, and “Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Penzey’s,” (four likes) from Joanne Bader Lepore, “Trader Joes or Whole Foods!!!!” (four likes) from Sarah Rand and “TRADER JOES,” (three likes) once again were the most popular suggestions.
Local store owner Karine Patiño offered a different stance, saying, “Grocery stores would hurt mom-and-pop stores a lot. My business has been affected by Target and A&P and can only take so much. Hopefully, we can find something that fits in and helps out the community as a whole.”
Commenter Tony Viz echoed Patiño’s logic.
“Local is the way to go; keep supporting small business,” he said. “For all those Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s fans, those are good choices but the Hudson Valley has so much to offer when it comes to great meats, cheeses, produce, grains and spirits!”
Surprisingly, the most “liked” comment in the Facebook thread had nothing to do with bookstores, home furnishings or gourmet food grocers. Caroline Conte-Chouinard suggested, “A gym that is not $80 a month,” to the tune of seven likes.
Although Mount Kisco and Bedford residents can dream about filling the vacant 20,000-square-foot space at Main and Green streets, the reality is the property is still very much in limbo.
Although Mount Kisco Mayor Cindrich said the property was “being aggressively marketed by the owners of the building” in January, the only development since then has been a lawsuit seeking foreclosure on the large mortgage the property’s landlord — Mount Kisco Associates LP.
The lawsuit, filed by the New York State Supreme Court in White Plains in late February, states Mount Kisco Associates LP is in default on a $6.3 million loan. However, the lawsuit could quicken the pace of filling the vacancy: The sale of the property is sought as a solution to pay off the remaining debt.
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