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Visions For Vacancies: Northpoint Blockbuster

What should go on this corner in North Reston?

This week's Reston Patch Visions for Vacancies takes a look at the old Blockbuster Video storefront at Northpoint.

The space has been vacant since March od 2011, when the video store closed as part of a national downsizing of the video store chain.

What do you think should open in its place? Tell us in the comments below.

RAM July 09, 2012 at 09:48 PM
for the wings right...
Keith A. July 09, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Those fields are used maybe a dozen times a year and they occupy roughly 25,000 square feet while bringing in zero tax dollars and employing zero people. If that isn't the very definition of "useless" then I don't know what is.
Keith A. July 09, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I was referring to something like a Buffalo Wild Wings/Chammps-style bar...
DM July 09, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Blockbuster! It really stinks driving all the way to Leesburg to the nearest store for mail envelope exchanges.
Keith A. July 09, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I wasn't going to say it but since you brought it up - North Point desperately needs a facelift!
Karen Goff July 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I beg to differ on the "dozen times per year" part. My son played Reston Youth Soccer and for several years his games and practices were held at that field. So they are probably used a dozen times per week for half the year.
Karen Goff July 09, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Sadly, i think the days of video stores expanding are gone. I can't even think of where one is around here. Are there any left?
Alicia Wolman July 09, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Wylie Wagg!!
Alicia Wolman July 09, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Wylie Wagg!
Leslie Perales Loges July 09, 2012 at 11:42 PM
You get my vote too! Would love another Cafe Sano type place. :)
Bethany Hannan July 09, 2012 at 11:47 PM
The bakery Paul - there's one downtown and I think one in Georgetown - they're WONDERFUL!
Robert Beale July 10, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Everyone sees this coming; but no one is doing anything about it. We are witnessing the beginning of a commercial/retail real estate vacancy problem in the Reston/Herndon area along with emerging pockets of economic decline. If focus continues on more and more speculative new development while ignoring re-development of centers like Hunters Woods, Lake Anne and Tall Oaks, we will be taking one step forward while taking two steps back. Developers will develop as long as commercial lenders provide financing, regardless of need. How many small businesses will we lose to rising rents? The real question is not what business should go into an individual vacant building; but how to re-vitalize the existing struggling retail centers?
smwance July 10, 2012 at 03:23 AM
The other problem is unless you're a big chain franchise, it's still difficult for anyone to get a loan to start a small business.
Karen Goff July 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM
I love that place! Wonder if they ever would expand into suburbs?
Kathy Moran July 10, 2012 at 06:03 PM
please no more chains and no more banks... something new like vegetarian with some spice and bakery goods.... Seattle areas can do this.. why not here!
Lisa Miles Jackson July 10, 2012 at 06:23 PM
What do people think about a real juice and smoothie bar with healthy teas, coffee, healthy salads and breads?
The Convict July 10, 2012 at 07:37 PM
How about a pole dancing parlor? They could run Mommy and Me classes during the day and a Men's hangout in the evening.
Richard Holmquist July 10, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I agree with Karen. I also see frequent pick-up games at that field. The last thing we need to do in Reston is eliminate ball fields and other green space when the population is expected to keep getting bigger, causing an ever-increasing demand for recreation opportunities.
T-Bird July 10, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Fat chance of that my friend.
T-Bird July 10, 2012 at 08:16 PM
There is a First Watch in Fairfax. The line is out the door every weekend, and even the picky eaters I bring to there like the place. Been there for a while too, and it's not going anywhere.
T-Bird July 10, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Well, you may want what you like, but I've seen at least two other old Blockbuster locations turn into Panera's in the past year or two. So good chance it'll be something like that.
Skip Endale July 11, 2012 at 02:59 PM
How about an indoor tennis facility? Mini courts of course, for our youngsters aiming to the be the next Andy Roddick...
novatom July 11, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Extreme Pizza! What's good enough for Vienna is good enough for Reston.
Olive July 11, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I think a more high scale americana type restaurant/bar with Happy Hour Specials like the RTC would defntely draw-in a higher local clientele. Mamma Lucia's has no Happy Hour at all. Just Wine Night, however you have to purchase dinner. No bargain at all...
Jenn G July 11, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Olive- I couldn't agree with you more!
Erin Hall July 12, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Oh, boy - was I ever glad to see Calif. Tortilla close. I know everyone has different tastes, but I didn't know a soul that liked their food, especially compared to Chipotle.
Erin Hall July 12, 2012 at 02:34 AM
We don't need more places where Americans, Restonians, can get more fat and stupid. Skip all the food and booze places. I'd like a good gym. Not much space there, though. Maybe they could push out the eye glasses place - does anyone even go in there? Another on my wish list: evict the ham store. Other than a couple or three times a year, it seems positively vacant. I'd love to see an upper level (second story) to North Point, full of executive-style single-occupancy/shared offices, for folks that telework but find too many distractions at home.
Leslie Perales Loges July 12, 2012 at 02:57 AM
In a dream world I'd use the space to open a studio for hoopdance, HoopnoticaFit, Zumba and yoga classes. :)
Scott Holsinger July 12, 2012 at 04:23 PM
How about an automotive supply store? None in North Reston that I know about - closest ones are in Herndon or Sterling.
Karen Harrison July 25, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I like the yoga studio idea. But like another commenter, I think Starbucks should take the space. There are other Starbucks with big tables where volunteers can hold meetings and kids can study or meet tutors or people can work. It has great light. And they could expand on the breakfast and lunch food they currently offer.

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