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Does A Dollar Store Belong in Downtown Northbrook?

Dollar Tree will move into shopping plaza on Meadow Road. Will you be happy to see it arrive? Cast your vote in our poll.

Work is progressing on , which will fill the space in Meadow Plaza that was vacated by Blockbuster Video roughly two years ago. 

At the most recent village board meeting, trustees approved a 26-foot long wall sign to be displayed on the east side of the building where Dollar Tree will be located. 

During earlier this year, however, some residents expressed concern over a dollar store, saying it wasn't the right fit for downtown Northbrook. 

In February, property owner Jay Heitman told Patch he believes that Dollar Tree is a positive development, given the economy.

"It was a black hole before,” Heitman said. “Is it a black hole now?”

Readers of Patch seem to be of mixed opinion.

"This is not the type of store downtown Northbrook needs," Deirdre commented on . "How about Party City or Babies R Us or Trader Joe's?"

But Alfred Mulle disagreed.

"I'm THRILLED that a Dollar Tree is coming to Northbrook!" he wrote. "I have been going out of my way to the Morton Grove location."

What do you think? Cast your vote in our poll and let us know in the comments.

Ed60062 March 29, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I'm surprised no bank moved into that space. There are no banks on the east side of Meadow Rd.
Steve60062 March 29, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Sure, it belongs, way before 2 paint stores and an auto parts store. Dollar Tree will be loved by Northbrook just as V&S was for so many years.
Ed60062 March 29, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Two paint stores? Don't forget two Do-It-Bests, two Home Depots and a Lowes, all with paint departments.
Amy Cassman March 29, 2012 at 02:58 PM
It's not a freaking brothel, for G-d sake...it's a Dollar Store~ Get over yourself, Northbrook!
Ed60062 March 29, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Amy, you do bring up an interesting way to fill vacant space.
Billy Bob March 30, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Does it belong in Northbrook? Well, let's ask the relevant parties. Does the property property owner (who takes a credit risk with every lease he signs) think so? Apparently yes. Does the new tenant (who is risking its money on the answer being "yes") think so? Apparently yes. Do the potential customers (including, presumably, though g-d forbid, Northbrook residents) of the store think so? The best proxy for that is the store owner's decision, which, again, is apparently yes. So, what exactly is the controversy here? What's that you say? Some Northbrook residents think their leafy suburban paradise is too good for the likes of a Dollar store or the clientel the store might attract? Well ain't that grand.
ildi elmore April 01, 2012 at 01:54 AM
think NBK should concentrate re-vamping the downtown area to look more like some of the neighboring towns...Dollar Tree is a disappointment and a desperation to fill vacant space. I actually remember V&S and Ben Franklin and would rather have those back than Dollar tree.
Bridgette April 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
The statement a Northbrook resident made, and quote, "This is not the type of store downtown Northbrook needs," makes me disgusted. I think Good Will was a great addition to Northbrook and so will The Dollar Store. There are people in this town that like to spend their money in smart manner. If I can get a little toy to put in my kids Easter basket at the dollar store (which ends up under their bed anyway) for a buck I'll do it. If I want to buy a nice quality dress shirt and can get a practically new one at Good Will for $4 that someone paid $100 for I will. It's called smart spending. And I will laugh all the way to the car with my big shopping bag because people aren't smart enough to buy used, inexpensive items and will give me their hard earned $100 shirt for $4. Just think, if everyone were to spend their money wisely, they could give more away to people that are struggling. Wouldn't that be an idea??
Bridgette April 01, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Your post made me smile. : ) Way to go Amy!
Jordan b April 21, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Bridgette, Amy, Billy bob, et al. Your down to earth comments make me proud to be a Nbk resident. :)
Kavan Sidhu April 22, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Hell ya, totally needed. Beats driving out to the palwaukee location. That milwaukee willow intersection is pretty busy. So welcome addition. Plus I can bike there if the weather is nice. And the razors (double edge safety) are 6 at cvs and 1 dollar only at dollar tree for 5. Plus just as good as the expensive ones. So def a welcome addition. And for all the naysayers its coming weather you like it or not so either deal with it or move to a town that doesn't have one.
E.J. May 03, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I, for one, welcome DT. There are plenty of worse things that could come into the community like a sketchy pawn shop (or Amy's brothel example! Awesome!). In a weakened economy where there are already a high number of vacant retail and office spaces, it's a step towards maintaining interest in Northbrook rather than other places which are moving toward a dilapidated status. I'm sure there are also some closet bargain shoppers in Deerfield/Highland Park and Glencoe/Winnetka that would love to come to Northbrook which would only supplement the business and impact neighboring stores too (people have to eat when they're moving around shopping!). And who doesn't love a bargain? If you don't, let me know and I have a 10oz bottle of laundry detergent I'd like to sell to you for $50! :)
Claire M. May 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Bridgette, I totally agree with you. If Northbrook hadn't been so snobbish, we could have the tax revenue from Costco (who approached Northbrook first) instead of Glenview, who welcomed them with open arms. I was thrilled to see Good Will open next to Dominick's. I buy something there every time I drop off a donation. Not only do I get a bargain, but I see all the wonderful people working there who are so proud to have a job. When I saw the Dollar Tree sign on the BlockBuster window, I was thrilled to the bone. I am a retired 35-year resident of Northbrook, and welcome all opportunities to shop locally.

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