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What Can Replace CVS in Downtown Milford?

Where do you go in Downtown Milford when you want to buy a pen and a little notepad?


Last December, I was t and realized that I'd used up the last sheet in my notebook. I walked down to the CVS in Downtown Milford to pick up another one.

It was closed.

Half a year later, the old CVS is still vacant.

While there are plenty of other stores in Milford for office supplies and other general needs, where do you go in Downtown Milford when you just need to buy a pen and a little pad of paper?

Also, what do you think should become of the vacant CVS?

Would you like to see a similar store open up or should Milford use the space for other purposes?

JJohnson August 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I love that idea! We need a Trader Joes or something similar closer to downtown.
Rick August 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Trader Joes!!!
elaine August 23, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I go to our local drugstore on the green- HOWE'S DRUG! we could use a hardware store or a green grocer.
Susan LaFond August 23, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Space is too small to be a Trader Joe's. A green grocer will only succeed if they get a TON of business -margins are small for them. M&M farms was independent and they could not keep their doors open on a major thoroughfare. Where did folks "in the center" go for Prescriptions, health and beauty aids and stationery supplies when CVS was still in business? Must not have been to CVS very often or they would still be open...
Amanda Diehl Lelyveld August 23, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Maybe Healthy Foods Plus can move locations? They are a great store!
Jonny Rocity August 23, 2012 at 01:17 PM
How about an indoor play area for children.... Bounce house etc.
mike August 23, 2012 at 01:48 PM
CVS is still opened they moved to a bigger store.
arkay August 23, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Trader Joe's or similar healthy grocery store. A drive-thru Starbucks. A Crate & Barrel or Restoration Hardware. An REI, EMS, or Trailblazer. Is there enough parking for a restaurant?
arkay August 23, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Maybe split into a couple uses since it's kind of big for some of the above suggestions. Like a split J Crew and Starbucks drive-thru. We need some national presence on the green!
Sue Sawyer August 23, 2012 at 02:45 PM
When that building first opened it was European Health Spa and even had a pool inside. I like the idea of a market like Trader Joes rather than having to fight the traffic on the Post Rd. on a weekend. It would be great to see it converted to a rehabilitation facility with a pool, exercise equipment etc. Many people with severe arthritis could utilize a pool for exercise with minimal joint impact.
Alocasia August 23, 2012 at 02:56 PM
CVS just moved further down Bridgeport Ave.....by Wendy's. Doesn't Howe's fill prescriptions?
John Hanks August 23, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I'm not sure downtown Milford NEEDS another restaurant. I'm for the Trader Joe's idea.
arkay August 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Couldn't disagree more about not needing another restaurants. We could use many more. It's a draw and brings foot traffic to the area. I'd love to see restaurants and retail occupying that side of the green, slowly converting the medical and lawyer offices into viable downtown businesses.
CW August 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
DITTO! The best drugstore in town
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM
My best guess is that the site will become a suite of medical offices, regardless of what the public desires.
christine August 23, 2012 at 05:00 PM
A friend of mine had a wonderful idea for a children's interactive museum in down town milford,a Plti community project I would love to see completed in that location
arkay August 23, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Unfortunately those do nothing for downtown.... Might as well be empty.
Rosie August 23, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I think it should become a medical building to compliment Milford Hospital. I don't know if this is a hospital zone.
Peter Spalthoff August 23, 2012 at 07:50 PM
In keeping with my opinion that the downtown has become a "restaurant destination" I would like to see either a first class Steak restaurant or even a Sushi restaurant to compliment the wonderful restaurants we already have in the downtown area. Even if it falls outside of the downtown district and might require parking I think there may be sufficient parking there already. I don't have any idea of when we might become saturated with restaurants or what the cut off is, but I certainly believe another restaurant or two wouldn't hurt. If they are good, they can only add to the economic well being of all of the retail stores in and around the green by bringing more people into the City. IMO..Thanks
Sue Sawyer August 23, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Ages ago Captains Galley was down that end of the green. Would love to see another good seafood restaurant or Italian restaurant (NOT PIZZA joint) there, something similar to Mama Theresas. But Colony Grill is taking over Harrisons so I guess that will fill the Italian option. Maybe a breakfast and lunch place like Pops on New Haven Ave. Maybe a Diner type restaurant.
arkay August 23, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Sushi would be cool. A spinoff of Miso in NH?
arkay August 23, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Even though I'm not a huge fan, what about a slightly upscale chain with draw? PF Chang's, Cheesecake Factory, Ruby Tuesday, Brio Grill, etc. type place.
Peter Spalthoff August 23, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Susan, glad to see you are on the same wave length as I am. Didn't think of a diner, could work. Maybe Rena would consider coming here. As I said not sure of the parking though. As for Colony Grill, they are more family oriented pizza as opposed to a full service Italian Restaurant. I do believe as arkay said that someone like Miso from NH would do well. Remember, the only other non conventional restaurant we have downtown is the Thai restaurant who is still doing ok in spite of being hidden in the back parking lot near Archie Moores.
William August 24, 2012 at 09:53 AM
maybe a tatoo parlor, Sleepy hollow closed up downtown
Pam August 25, 2012 at 01:44 AM
pinkberry!
arkay August 25, 2012 at 02:46 PM
You could have a Pinkberry, and a Starbucks, and a Robeks, etc. etc. if they split up the property. It's too big for anything except maybe a very large Starbucks. I think the most viable use for the space is to split it up into smaller retail/restaurant spaces.
arkay November 30, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Question: could this building even be a restaurant with current zoning? Maybe the town should be rezoning for more restaurants on the green...
Shira Kostika December 22, 2013 at 08:27 PM
I have two great ideas for the space: 1- A fusion-food cafe actually called “Fusion”. The food served would be a fusion of the most interesting meals of all ethnic food types of combined cultures. For Example: Meditteranean+Indian, Syrian+Spanish, Italian+Chinese, etc. All of these meals would be rather small, but very beautiful, like art to the eye (they say the eye eats more than the stomach) and rich in flavor. The meals could be on a mini rotating conveyer belt. The patron would pay per dish removed from the belt, and the plates would indicate the type of food by color (as will a color board on one wall) - differing colored plates according to ethnic regional blends. I.E. blue for Mediterranean or orange for eastern European, or swirled blue and orange plates for the combination of the two. Milford lacks, in its downtown, varying eateries (beyond Pizza and seafood), and opening individual restaurants of different ethnic origin in Milford would take too long and far too much space. This one restaurant could specialize in the beauty of fusion delights from around the globe, excellent chefs, and still provide affordable meals to various pallets. There will be the continually existing element of surprise and individuality, from one plate of food to the next, and the customer will always see what they can get, instead of a fixed or printed menu, to pick off what delights their eyes. The conveyer belt would be a metaphor: it rotates around the circular counter in endless motion- our Earth, the world that turns. The décor could be donated photographs (of the visiting customers, local residents- travel photos- pined to the walls like a collage of travel destinations and personal achievements. 2. A new music venue- Daniel Street may have shut down, but the concept is still a wonderful one. But this time, the focus would be international bands who sing in English. Bands like Lola Marsh, Dillon, Flyte, Ester Rada, etc.- relative still unknowns with amazing voices who know how to play smaller venues with acoustic delights. I'd open this myself if I had backers.
RONALD M GOLDWYN December 23, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Dear Shira, You are adding your 2¢ in late December while everyone else made their comments in August. CVS property is still vacant which means the economic conditions are still poor for a new commercial venture off the main drag. Speaking of drags, the main fault with this property is the number of parking spaces. The building is big and the parking is small so that the zoning laws may prohibit many uses such as a restaurant or a music venue such as you are sugesting. Medical offices such as are in the area still have a good chance as they would be close to the hospital for doctors who have privileges in Mfd Hospital. What surprises me is that the hospital still has no drug store for patients to fill their scripts while there or checking out. It does not have to include a gift shop, strictly medical items.
arkay December 23, 2013 at 09:06 PM
The sign now says "deal pending".

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