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What Kind of Business Would Fit Well Here?

The old Del Reeno Meats building has been vacant for a long time. What would you like to see moving into this place?

Maybe Novato Patch readers can help our local commercial real estate folks figure out how to fill some of our empty storefronts. Might as well give it a try, right?

Each week, we will feature a vacant store, abandoned building or undeveloped lot and ask readers: "What do you wish were here?"

The idea was inspired by Candy Chang from New Orleans, who in 2010 created "I wish this was ..." stickers and placed thousands around the city for residents to fill in the blanks. Stickers can be bought online here

The old Del Reeno Meats building at 1413 Grant Ave. has been empty for years and rumors have swirled about potential clients hoping to nail down a purchase or lease. Vince Sheehan of said this spot is still available even though several parties have expressed interest.

What do you think would really enhance this location on the western end of Grant?

Mark Schoenbaum April 12, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I've always hoped another real butcher would take it over. You know, the kind that process the animal instead of just cutting open the cryovac package. I would love to have real meat that isn't full of water from being over processed. A nose-to-tail kind of place.
LP April 12, 2012 at 01:40 AM
I've known people interested in leasing this site but said the owner wasn't willing to aide in the upgrades and repairs needed on the building. It would probably be best suited at this point as an office.
Mark Schoenbaum April 12, 2012 at 04:08 AM
@Jim, take you pills, dude...
Bill April 12, 2012 at 04:57 AM
How big is the lot? How many square feet are in the building?
Kathleen April 12, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Yikes!!! I don't know what to say after that. No research done, except talking to friends and the kids around here, so I readily admit I don't know if it's feasible. We would love to see a Jamba Juice in our neck of the woods.
Morris & Company April 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Before opening Morris & Company at the old Flatiron building, we looked at this site. It was a mess with sewer trench inside & remnants of living quarters. The owner never returned our calls. It’s a “tear down”, as any improvements would not be cost effective. There were plans to build a 2 story mixed used building. I say go for a new attractive building.
Norma Dawson April 12, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I was in there right before they closed and I don;t think there is a way to get rid of that smell. It is definitely a tear down.Would love to see a bookstore or fabric store, these are only some of things we have to go out of Novato for.
Norma Dawson April 12, 2012 at 08:02 PM
No more nail salons!!!
Novato Gal April 13, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I would say an art gallery, I have a network of 4000 talented artist friends, but I am lacking the funds, to prep the building. I often drive by and dream of the cutest little art gallery, that is walking distance to these great business. Looking for an investor, would be my next step, to make this happen.
Born & raised April 13, 2012 at 04:49 AM
A Sol Food take out restaurant.
Norma Dawson April 13, 2012 at 05:01 PM
That would be awesome!!
Morris & Company April 13, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Does anyone know who owns Sol Food? Sure would be great! But the cinderblock building would need would need major $$$$$ improvements. How about the Avalar building on Machin & Grant Ave?

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