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What Should Replace Yorktown's Food Emporium?

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – Pizza Hut , Luvin Spoonfuls , Victoria’s Confections and others have been filling up some of Yorktown’s storefronts recently, but a few big vacancies still remain.

The biggest of them all might be the vacant Food Emporium building on Downing Drive, which closed in 2010 after filing for bankruptcy. Council member Terrence Murphy said the Food Emporium space is a priority for the town and he has been working diligently to find a new tenant.

If a prospective tenant is found, Murphy said, the town will have to take Food Emporium’s owners to bankruptcy court. The building is owned by The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), which also has a grocery store in the downtown area.

We asked our Facebook readers Tuesday what they would like to see take over the building, and popular answers included a new grocery store, a retail store, an ice rink, a restaurant, a movie theater and a Christmas Tree Shop.

“Movie theater, billiards, something for the teen population to do around here!!” wrote Debora Stewart-Stern. “We have enough food chains available to us, give our kids something to do, get them off the streets - keep them out of the trouble of drinking and driving!!!!!!”

The most popular store was Trader Joe’s, which was mentioned by more than a dozen readers. Whole Foods and Target were the second-most mentioned stores.

Murphy said the town had reached out to Trader Joe’s about taking over the building in the past, but said its owners were not interested. He also said the town was in talks with Designer Show Warehouse (DSW), which ultimately decided to open a store in the Cortlandt Town Center.

Let us know in the poll, in the comments section below or on Facebook what stores you would like to see take over the building.

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