What Would You Like to See in the Old Gap Building in Hinsdale?
In a new weekly series, Patch asks readers how they would fill empty storefronts around town.
When Gap closed its downtown location earlier this year, it opened up a 4,300-square-foot space at 101 S. Washington St.
Village of Hinsdale community development director Tim Scott said the building once served as a bank. He said it's "remarkably beautiful" but its size might give potential tenants a bit of pause.
“That’s more than double what most people are looking for today,” Scott said of the 4,300 square feet, noting that “niche operators” who might be interested in a downtown Hinsdale space don’t carry as much inventory as a retailer like Gap. “It’s definitely a bigger space than what the market is typically calling for today.”
A restaurant could utilize the large space, but the building lacks necessary infrastructure, including a kitchen, grease traps, and proper accessibility.
Conceptually, a restaurant in that space could be a fit, Scott said.
“Financially, it’s certainly challenging.”
Whether it's a new restaurant, clothing store or something completely new, we want to hear what businesses you'd most like to see take over at 101 S. Washington St. in Hinsdale.
Share your ideas in the comments.