Visions for Vacancy: What Should Move into this Building?

A former confectionary shop now sits empty on Steubenville Pike. What do you think should move into this property?

Vacant buildings and unused storefronts are eyesores, but an empty storefront can also be an opportunity. You don't need to be a commercial developer or city planner—or have money to invest in a business project—to have the next great idea

This empty retail space at 6460 Steubenville Pike was built in 2004 and once served Robinson-area sweet-tooths as a Krispy Kreme donut shop—you can still see the confectionary chain's signature pink and green signs hanging inside. 

The 3,532 square-foot building, complete with a drive-through window, sits on a prime piece of Robinson real estate and is available for $750,000 with a yearly lease assignment, according to commercial real estate listings.

Krispy Kreme closed the branch several years ago, along with locations in Monroeville and Collier. 

Now the well-kept Steubenville Pike building's doors are covered in plywood, and we want to know what you envision for this space.

What business would benefit the Robinson community? How could this space better serve you and your neighbhors? If you had it your way, what would you place in this building. 

Share your thoughts, ideas and concerns in the comments. Tell us what your vision is for this Robinson Township vacancy.

Robert Crytzer June 21, 2012 at 01:52 PM
The former Krispy Kreme donut shop should serve as a base of operations for a chic food truck business selling various "street food" (think fancy tacos, Korean BBQ, unique sandwiches, gourmet cupcakes, etc.) throughout the western communities. The building is the perfect set up (already has a kitchen, refrigeration, etc.) and there is plenty of space to park the trucks after-hours. Git. 'Er. Done.
Jenna Staul June 21, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Great suggestions!
Pghwa22 July 03, 2012 at 05:09 AM
I'd love to see a Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers open it's first Western PA location at this site.
Pghwa22 July 03, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Well, it looks like it's going to be a Dollar Bank according to the sign in the window.
M August 09, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Neat unique idea!


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