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What Would Fit Well at the Old Pini Hardware Building?

It's been nine years since Pini Ace Hardware moved from Grant Avenue across town to the Nave Center. Who would be a good tenant at the old location?

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?

In January 2004, moved to Nave Center off South Novato Boulevard from its longtime home at 1107 Grant Ave. In 2006, the store's owners sold the Grant building to the Prado Group. Since then, there have been several potential tenants, but nothing has come to fruition.

Retail West, the principal of property manager, said the circa-1947 building needs substantial repairs before someone can move in.  And before repairs can begin, they need a lead tenant. 

Lisa Congdon with the Prado Group said there were negotiations with the recently, but nothing has materialized.

What are your ideas? What kinds of businesses would best serve Novato residents at this location? Keep in mind that the 20,000-square-foot building could be subdivided.

Each week, Novato Patch will feature a vacant store, abandoned building or undeveloped lot and ask readers: "What do you wish were here?" Chime in with a comment below.

And if you have any leads, contact Congdon at lcongdon@pradogroup.com.

janna nikkola April 29, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Having stood vacant for nine years with no takers, it's time for this building to be demolished and a new structure built in its place for any purpose -- office, retail or restaurant. Anything would be better than having such a large vacant structure on "main street". My second suggestion would be to divided it into small offices available for short-term rent, even month-to-month for small businesss and sole proprietors, much like the Headquarters Suite in Larkspur Landing. With one central receptionist, it's a good option for a lawyer, accountant or insurance office. Such an option is very cost effective for a sole proprietor just starting out.
Brett May 16, 2012 at 06:52 PM
A local bookstore, coffee/soda/juice (for kids) shop, and local artists gallery.
Nanci Boyd June 25, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Book store and cafe
Real califorina July 11, 2012 at 05:04 PM
how about a place the kids could injoy like a bowling alley and cafe .
Noel September 08, 2012 at 09:51 PM
roller skating rink or year round indoor farmers market

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