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What Should Replace Borders and Save Mart?

The Laguna Boulevard shopping center has two large, vacant spaces. What should fill them? Tell us in the comments section.

First , now : The Laguna Crossroads shopping center in Elk Grove now has two major vacancies.

The Laguna Boulevard center, owned by Donahue Schriber, still has major retailers like and smaller attractions like . But no new stores have been announced to replace Borders, , and Save Mart, .

Donahue Schriber Property Manager Sharon Cooney said Thursday that neither vacant space has a tenant lined up.

"We're still working on it," she said by phone.

Cooney declined to say whether any potential tenants were looking at the center.

Elk Grove, what kind of businesses would you like to see fill the former Borders and Save Mart locations? Does Laguna Boulevard need another grocery store and book retailer? Is there some kind of specialty business Elk Grove lacks? Let us know in the comments section below.

C A Preciado June 15, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Barnes & Noble of course!! It would be perfect. We need a good book store.
Rico June 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM
nah... lets put in a clothing store that focuses on 1% of our population so people 16 to 30 (only in certain sizes) can look like high school hookers....great call.
Vanessa Morganstern June 16, 2012 at 01:59 AM
I agree with Patricia about our needing a Whole Foods Market. And how about a skating rink for the other space? It would promote physical activity and beef up our local economy. Another possibility is a dynamite breakfast place. I don't mean another IHOP or Denny's—we're talking organic-egg omelets, hearty buckwheat pancakes with real maple syrup and the like; perhaps a Tower Café or Crêpeville type of restaurant?
A. Mann June 16, 2012 at 02:37 AM
a truck stop, truckers need a place to park their rigs since they buy homes and spend big money in Sacramento county.
Tom Brown June 16, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I like your attitude Jim!
Larry Capello June 16, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Barnes and Nobles is my first choice. I really miss not having a bookstore in Elk Grove and currently go all the way to Arden Fair to shop for books. Would also love to see an Apple Store. Another thought for the Borders Space would be a night club and dance facility for our youth. That would bring in a lot of money to Elk Grove if done properly.
Rico June 16, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Really? A nightclub? Strikes hasnt done a good enough job of brining the worst South Sac has to offer into Elk Grove every Friday and Saturday night? A truck stop? OMG all we need is a bath house and a brothel, maybe an all night diner and a few more gas pumps and we can re name the city Reno West! Truckers have THE truck stops in flag city and at 80 and el camino. Why put one in the middle?
Marty June 16, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Actually I kinda like the Walmart and $Dollar Store idea. :-) On a more serious note, what about a Bass Pro Shop at the Borders location?
patchreader June 16, 2012 at 03:32 PM
That will never, EVER fly in Elk Grove. That's why places like the Sac Food Co Op went under. People in Elk Grove aren't willing to pay more for something different and unique. Especially for something like breakfast that you can make yourself at home for about $2.00 a person. Elk Grovians flock to big chain places with crappy food and the lowest possible prices.
Bwood June 16, 2012 at 03:33 PM
"Another thought for the Borders Space would be a NIGHT CLUB and dance facility FOR OUR YOUTH." Not exactly setting the best example, Larry ...
Mark Preston June 16, 2012 at 04:31 PM
California Pizza Kitchen for the Borders space. Keeping the food places in an area together. Safeway for the Save Mart space.
JP June 16, 2012 at 09:57 PM
hey patchreader, I kinda take offense to that comment. Right now the only really decent restaurants are Palermo, Boulevard Bistro and Osaka Sushi ( which is in south Sac). I went to Savemart on Laguna today and was shocked to see that the store closed. My immediate thought was...I need to move out of this town. No Great bookstore, no plethora of nice restaurants, shopping for clothing sucks, and now great grocery stores close too! I love Elk Grove but HATE that we are turning into a discount town! I love Target but I also LOVE supporting small business. When I visit other towns, I always notice the great stores that they have and we don't. It really is ticking me off. OK patchreader...it seems that I am not really upset with you but with our leaders in Elk Grove. I want to be proud of this town and proud that I live here. I also want to spend my money here but truly...where?
patchreader June 17, 2012 at 07:04 PM
JP, I agree with you, just saying that most of EG doesn't frequent the nicer, unique places and they end up closing shop.
A. Mann June 17, 2012 at 08:53 PM
@Jim , I understand perhaps putting a truck stop in the midst of everything there sounds odd, but not as bad as your stereotypical remarks, a bath house and a brothel? of all things is that what comes to mind? we currently pay to park in South Sacramento, Elk Grove seems to have shut down all industrial roads and country side roads where trucks used to park as if the trucks are the enemy, if anything a truckstop would bring business, the local shops, restaurants, hotels, tire shops and housing market would receive a boost, we contribute more to the infrastructure of your roads and highways than your average joe, we pay fuel taxes and road taxes aside from income taxes not to mention outrageous DMV fees, our trucks cost more than a medium size house, you eat the food, wear the clothes and benefit from the deliveries we make at your shopping and dining destinations, we are professionals in the industry not what you see on t.v. my husband is a trucker, we live in an exclusive EG neighborhood like our other trucker neighbors, drive nice cars, have excellent credit, send our kids to top universities and don't foreclose on our properties, if you met us you would never guess what we did for a living based on your ignorant train of thought, so what if the truck stop doesn't belong in the middle like you said, but come up with a logical reason for why it doesn't other than what you said.
Rico June 18, 2012 at 02:11 AM
What a chip you have on your shoulder. Who cares that you are a trucker. Elk Grove will not benefit from a truck stop and all its glory in the middle of town. The big truck traffic alone on Lagina, Bruceville or Elk Grove Blvd would be a mess. Truck stops always attract an element of truckers that arent living the good life you are so happy to brag about. You know it. How...seriously...how would a truck stop with all it fuel stations etc... improve Elk Grove.
Robin Armstead June 18, 2012 at 09:13 AM
Something upscale. There are those who will pay for something unique, upscale and classy. Currently, if you want fine dining or entertainment, you have to leave Elk Grove, why? Why continue to give your dollars to outside communities. More attractive businesses bring in money from residents living outside of Elk Grove. Elk Grove seems to cater to a motto of "this will just have to do." The city needs to plan for a greater community.
Megan June 19, 2012 at 03:36 AM
I don't know what to put in the Save Mart space but what about a library in the Border's space? I am not talking about a small hole in the wall library with old books that no one wants to read. I am thinking something big, maybe even two floors. There could be a small coffee shop in one area, a large children's area upstairs, maybe a fireplace or something cozy for when it is raining. There could be free classes for children through out the week based on age like in other cities. I have seen some libraries that have huge aquariums in them. Once when I was in Las Vegas I saw that their children's area had Leap Frog products that the children could use while in the Children's section. Local companies could host free events as a form of advertising for Birthday parties and the like. One library I went to had kits based on letters that people could check out - ex. The "A" kit had an A puzzle and all sorts of "A" themed books and toys from LakeShore Learning. Libraries that are clean, updated and have fun community programs can be a lot of fun.
Bwood June 19, 2012 at 03:42 AM
The library on EG Blvd. is already struggling, so I don't think opening another branch in the old Border's building is in the cards, no matter that it's a good idea.
Megan June 20, 2012 at 04:59 AM
What about a Hobby Lobby?
Bwood June 20, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Hobby Lobby would be good. The arts & crafts community has been underserved by the aging Michael's for some time now. Crayons, anyone?
Rico June 20, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I have a buddy in the North West that has seen a lot of closed grocery store locations get reworked and converted into very successful indoor sports fields.
Lisa June 21, 2012 at 06:40 AM
That's a great idea. I could picture a little outlet mall there!
Lisa June 21, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Food Maxx or D&B to replace Save mart!
Bwood June 23, 2012 at 05:34 PM
How about Dimple to replace Border's? They just opened their first stand-alone bookstore in Arden, and they already have a presence here in Elk Grove with Dimple Music.
patchreader June 24, 2012 at 03:01 PM
A truck stop would be an awful addition to EG. Ask yourself WHY EG stopped allowing truckers to leave their rigs all over town. One reason is the hookers that frequented areas where the truckers parked. It was a huge problem. Also the noise from the trucks coming and going at all hours of the night. And the last reason-who the hell wants to see trucks all over? They are ugly and unsightly. Don't want to park your in S. Sac? Don't be a trucker. Simple.
A. Mann July 11, 2012 at 03:45 AM
@patchreader , I am not a trucker. I know alot of trucking families and my husband is a trucker who spends more than half his time not parking his truck anywhere since he stays on the road. Parking in Elk Grove wasn't eliminated because of hookers either, it was because it was another measley attempt by the city to make EG more appealing to outsiders and in an effort to make more room for apartment complexes. Trucks make noise because to keep your food fresh they have to be refrigerated, bet you couldn't stop eating or wearing the clothes they transport to your city. EG is exactly what it was before, the city has not accomplished anything except for building a reputation for unfinished projects, being the next best place to live for people who couldn't afford to live in Vallejo , bay area etc.. built schools in places where there was no plan for traffic flow, hiked up fees for small businesses, and thats just to name a few obvious things..... if anything truckers and their trucks aren't as dangerous to Elk Grove as you make it sound, its the knuckleheads in office.
A. Mann July 11, 2012 at 03:49 AM
@Jim no chips .. lol.. I'm not a trucker, EG won't benefit from it , ok.. EG police dept. should at least amend their policy on ticketing truckers for entering city limits, they cannot even enter the city on a country road where there is parking and yards willing to let truckers park as long as they pay, truckers are people to , they have families they have to come home to before they go back out on the road to pick up those goods everyone needs to have delivered to the stores here in Elk Grove.
Connie October 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Since we don't have a mall and I hate driving to Arden Fair, how about Nordstom Rack???
Big Italian November 21, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I'm with you connie, Nordstom Rack. Or a Forever 21 would be good, both have a large enough foot print to fill that store.
Sierra December 05, 2012 at 04:33 AM
I would love to see a Fresh Choice where the Save Mart is now. With one way in and one way out and plenty of space to spread out, I can see them doing well, especially because they're a good place for a filling family meal. The Borders should become some kind of venue for the high schoolers to hang out. Like a Chuckie Cheese, but not. Just so they can keep out of the Target and have an option besides loitering and the teen center.

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