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What Should Replace Exxon?

The Narberth gas station is closed.

Patch wants to hear from residents of Narberth, Bala Cynwyd and beyond: What should fill the retail vacancies of your neighborhood streets?

Today, we're spotlighting the former home of  at Montgomery and Haverford Avenues, the eastern tip of Narberth.

The station shut down this year. The Exxon corporation bought the 6,624-square-foot property in 1930 for an unknown amount, then sold it in 2004 to a limited-liability company for $172,664, according to county property records. The station continued to operate as Merion Exxon.

A sign in the door invites potential tenants to call 610-625-8175.

So tell us in the comments section below: What kind of business would you be most likely to frequent if it moved in? And what other vacancies in town do you have ideas about filling?

Roland Petit July 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM
It's a marginal piece of land that would serve well as a remote banking transaction location smiliar to what American Heritage Credit Union has in NE philadelphia on Red Lion Road.
marjorie berger July 28, 2012 at 01:36 PM
We need a store reminiscent of the "Horn of Plenty"; fruits , vegetables, dairy products, chicken, bread, fish, etc. One-stop shopping to prepare dinner.
Richard Weisgrau July 29, 2012 at 04:05 AM
The lot is not really conducive to any kind of retail enterprise because it is small. A gas station was a perfect example of what could work there. However, I do not think a retail filling station is the best choice. Personally, I think that Narberth Borough ought to take it over and convert it to a space that would house the Narberth Historical Society, which does not exist (yet). I live one block into Penn Valley off Montgomery and Woodbine Avenues. Yes, I am physically in Lower Merion, but my heart is in Narberth. It is a great borough that reflects my socio-cultural values. Narberth has history. It ought to be preserved, and used to further enhance the borough's interests. I'd be happy to volunteer to advance such an effort the Borough's government were behind it.
John Barry July 29, 2012 at 05:48 AM
First a carful check of the soil under the underground tanks. I hope they didn't leak. Then a continuation of the row of quaint shops that line Haverford Avenue with new shops that vary somewhat in style but still fit in. Several trees would be nice too. Of course, a multistory parking lot might be more useful.
Will K July 29, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Please no more dry cleaners...

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