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.

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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