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What Should Replace Bayers Hardware?

Linden Hills store closes Sept. 1

With less than two weeks to go, Bob Bayers is elbows deep in trying to liquidate all his remaining stock as he prepares to close the doors for a final time on Sept. 1. As he told Patch in an interview earlier this month, he's hardly got any time to think about much beyond that.

However, he and his family still own the building the store has occupied for 89 years, meaning at some point soon, Bayers will turn his attention to the future. Any final choice would be his and his family's, but Bayers has repeatedly said he wants to make sure that any future tennant of the former silent movie theater is a "good fit" for the 43rd and Upton business district. 

So just what would be a "good fit" for 4312 Upton Avenue South? What is this part of Linden Hills missing, that could make the neighborhood better? Leave your answers in the comments section below!

John Ferman August 22, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Anyone remember when the former coop was the City of Lakes Dance and Ballet studio run by Leah Rosch.
John Ferman August 22, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Before it was the Lake Harriet Dance studio, but I forgot Leah's partners name.
sharon collins August 25, 2012 at 05:24 AM
I would like to know that theater history of the building !
John Ferman August 25, 2012 at 02:36 PM
The Linden Hills neighborhood group should take a survey of what business venues currently exist and which do not and then try to decide on which would make LH a more walkable center. For example, is a pharmacy present, is the a shoe repair shop present. Once all that data is understood the people could decide what should be looked for. What is to avoided is a direct competitor for an existing business.
Leah August 26, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Amen! John Ferman, I agree. Maybe that is something that can brought up to the local LHINC Board? I know we do not have a real say as to who sells/ rent their land or business to but maybe if community feedback is generated, it may sway the owners into thinking about future tenants and maybe the Business Association to help move towards a successful downtown.

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