Locals have been eager to learn what retail establishments may be filling the vacancies at the Towamencin Shopping Village, but unfortunately, there isn’t anything firm to report at the present time.
The shopping center, located at 1758 Allentown Road in Lansdale, opened in 1990. Genuardi’s was the anchor store at the time, and moved into its current location after its former location was razed to make way for the new center.
According to Suzette Timme, who is with the leasing division of Spectrum Partners, there has been interest in some of the vacant stores, but there have not been any definite decisions made at this time.
Timme is eager to fill the vacancies since the big anchor stores draw the traffic into the center, and Spectrum Partners wants to keep the shopping center a great place for the community to meet, dine and shop.
Since the departure of the Sears Hardware Store, other stores have followed suit including Genuardi’s, Blockbuster Video, Headquarters for Hair, Sears Optical, and Hollywood Tans.
The center still remains active because of the remaining businesses, which include , Scottrade, , Postman Plus, , Rite Aid, , Towamencin Cleaners, Subway, Wendy’s, Boston Market, , Wachovia Bank and First Priority Bank.
First Priority Bank recently opened, taking the place of a vacant former bank building on Allentown Road.
Timme noted that there has been interest generated in the last six months, and with the economy picking up, she is confident that vacancies will start to be filled.
The leasing division is open to suggestions from the general public as to possibilities that could fill the vacant stores, and you may call Timme at 301-915-9462 with your input.
Some suggestions have included bringing in chain supermarkets and specialty supermarkets, as well as an upscale bowling alley with restaurant.
Timme said she would like to bring energy back into the center and make it a vital part of the community again.