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What’s missing on Loudon Road in Concord?

  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

    When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

    When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

    When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

    When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

    When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

    When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

    When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

    When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

    When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues
  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues
  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues
  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues
  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues
  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues
  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues
  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues
  •  When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tues

When the city approved a new retail development across from the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road recently, it got us thinking: What in the world is missing on the Heights? Not another big chain pharmacy, that’s for sure. And we already have a Ruby Tuesday, a TGI Fridays, a Longhorn Steakhouse and an Olive Garden. We have a Buffalo Wild Wings and a TJ Maxx. We have Friendly’s and Pizza Hut and Burger King and Wendy’s. We have Bed, Bath & Beyond – and beyond!

But America is full of retail and dining chains that haven’t yet made it to Concord – not to mention creative local entrepreneurs. Mike D’Amante, the developer, won’t yet say who the tenants of the new development might be. So, we put it to you, readers. What would you like to see in that space? There’s room for a restaurant and several smaller retailers – not a big-box store. Send your suggestions to letters@cmonitor.com.

Here are 15 ideas to get you started, suggested by Monitor newsroom staffers:

∎ Trader Joe’s. Some Concord foodies already schlep to Nashua to buy specialty groceries there. Why not make it easier? In our utterly unscientific poll, Trader Joe’s was by far the winner. (Of course, one fan noted it would probably require widening Loudon Road to six lanes, rather than shrinking it to three.)

∎ Another ice rink. Maybe not what the developer has in mind, but consider this: Everett Arena is so booked up, this plan would provide more hours for public skating, as well as more reasonable hours (not pre-dawn starts) for youth hockey.

∎ Chipotle Mexican Grill. Burritos, tacos, salads. Actually, one Monitor staffer was so inspired by the idea of bringing this Mexican joint to Concord that she spelled it like this: CHIPOTLE!!!!!!!!

∎ The Cheesecake Factory. According to Forbes magazine, it’s the most popular chain restaurant in the country. Plus, if you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory, you can make it your hangout, just like Sheldon, Leonard and the gang.

∎ A new movie theater to compete with the Regal 10.

∎ The Apple Store. Cool, high-tech gadgets you didn’t even know you needed.

∎ Gymboree. Cute kids’ clothing.

∎ Aldo Shoes. There are shops in Manchester and Salem. Why not here?

∎ Texas Roadhouse. A steak and ribs place with this motto: “We provide larger portions so you get more food for your dollar.”

∎ P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. An Asian-themed, casual dining restaurant.

∎ Sonic America’s Drive-In. A drive-in fast-food chain with a near-cult following with 3,500 locations, the closest being in Wilmington, Mass.

∎ Williams-Sonoma. Gourmet cookware you’d love to receive as gifts.

∎ Noodles & Co. Ever been there? Noodles, salads and sandwiches from around the world.

∎ Tim Horton’s. Its fans – mostly in Canada – say it rivals Dunkin’ Donuts.

∎ H&M. A Swedish clothing company for men, women, teenagers and children.

Legacy Comments16

How about a field and a real reason to be there in the first place. Why not get one of the many suggestions listed here for Main St, they need the people. Loudon Rd is just a space you must pass thru to get where your going.

Needed on the Heights? Fewer stores, especially of the national chain variety, an outright ban on further development and more habitat for Karner Blue butterflies! Alternate title for the original column: Shopping Our Way to Oblivion

ban development in the business district...brilliant!

Hey great idea, a butterfly farm or museum, been to one of those, nice thought! Of course "Shopping Our Way to Oblivion" is your view of how things ought not be, your reality does seem to not jive with the majority of folks.

Great comment gracchus . . . I think you'll be pleased with my answer to this question, which may appear in print in a few days with the rest of the replies . . .

A Canadian Tim Horton's. Timmy's in Canada are soooooo much better than the U.S. ones. But, even the U.S. Tim's are light years beyond any Dunkin' Donuts.

How about a Roller Skating Rink with a Dennys restaurant inside

Interesting choices. Sonic is a real possibility, if one remembers A&W on Manchester Street, but with far more great choices. H&M, Gymboree, etc. (big box stores) would add little to the area. Another poster mentioned Noodle &Co. which has really not gotton off of the ground here, the franchisee on Massachusetts has been planning to open stores for a few years now. Still on hold. Chipotle? eh, same old, same old. Trader Joe's would not work due to demographics, Cheesecake or Texas Roadhouse would find a fate similar to Outback, Red Lobster and many other chains suffering on the Heights. It would be like switching out old for new. Sweet Tomatoes would give the other restaurants a run for the money, however and Five Guys in coming to the area but eh, again mediocre. Pei Wei Asian Diner is a possibility rather than PF Changs which would not fit the demographics. One more great choice would be a Papa Murphy's pizza shop where customers craft their own pizzas take them home and bake them.

Noodles & Company is a great chain. I've eaten there several times while traveling out of state for business. Chipotle and Trader Joe's would also be on my list.

An American Buffet like Ryans or Old Countrytime Buffet, A Jack in the Box, a cajun resturaunt with HOT food, a Ross store, a Bakery, a comedy Theater,

We have enough food choices on the Heights. How about a Christmas Tree Shop?

Ok I'll play. How about a Sticky Fingers restaurant, one of the better southern BBQ steakhouse chains. Or The Meathouse, this time owned and managed by the same person or people who own the Amherst store. A ten-pin bowling alley. A retirement home for former Concord City Council members and city hall staff.

Sonic is a decent choice. Ice rink? Yeah, but that won't happen. Yes, Tim Horton's is huge in Canada. The Roadhouse is good. As for an Apple store, there was one a short distance from this site until about 10 years ago. It was tucked between Irving and the building now at #239, where Flora's and other businesses are. And don't anybody say Red Lobster. I was given a RL gift card a few years ago. The nearest one is Albany NY- for good reason. Who needs it in New England?

Whats missing on Loudon Rd is more lanes, center islands, lights and..most of all..common sense.

Exactly, GWTW. No point in adding another business on Loudon Rd. that people won't be able to patronize because of snarled traffic. I'd guess that a law firm specializing in bankruptcy would be more appropriate. Or perhaps a respiratory therapist for the folks gagging on fumes from a bus that they won't be able to pass.

I'm laughing, but shouldn't; you may very well be correct.

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