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My View: What We Need in Park Plaza

The new Forks Township center can't just rely on a wellness center and two children-oriented recreational businesses to draw people.

We're all waiting with pins and needles.

We're all wondering what businesses will be going into the new

And we're all hoping they will be businesses that will make us want to go there again and again and again.

But so far, for us adults, the offerings are disappointing.

Don't get me wrong: There's nothing wrong about an Easton Hospital wellness center and two children-oriented recreational businesses: and the coming-soon .

Those just aren't the kinds of businesses we're dreaming about and speculating over.

And with the sleek look of the structure and its new futuristic sign, we hope that the businesses will meet our expectations.

I recently conducted a to see what people might be interested in. The results indicated that most wanted retail and fast food, not offices.

Some suggested a nice fine dining establishment. Another doesn't want a bank or pizza place.

Another commentor, Angela Perilla, summed it up in two ways.

She described it as "torture" waiting for announcements.

Angela also said she'd like to see a Saladworks and Chipotle along with retailers like TJ Maxx, Ann Taylor Loft or maybe another high-end women's retailer.

She also wants one of those Christmas Tree Shoppes, but I don't think the square footage is geared toward one of those retailers.

Angela makes a great statement: "I just don't want to be disappointed with this."

And those are true words indeed.

This is a chance for Forks Township to create a shopping epicenter, a jewel that will bring people from Palmer and Lower Nazareth here instead of us always going to shop there.

Wouldn't it be nice?

But, with the first three businesses out of the gate, you wonder -- and worry -- if this is going to be wasted space.

We could use a few quick hit, reasonably priced eateries like Saladworks or Mexican fare like Chipotle or Moe's. Maybe a decent higher-end restaurant.

Personally, I'd love a record store, a book store, a Wawa, a Mexican eatery and a good hoagie place like a Primos. And a place to get a great steak.

So we're waiting on pins and needles. And we're all wondering if this great opportunity is going to fall apart in our faces.

Scott J Corley July 29, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I would give my left arm for a trader joe's!
Keri Cwiak July 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Me too Scott!,

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