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Visions For Vacancies: Former Kmart

What should go in this unused Minnetonka space?

Visions for Vacancies is Minnetonka Patch's new weekly feature that looks at a vacant building and asks readers what they'd like to see there. This is your chance to dream big. If it were up to you, what would you open there?

The Kmart store at the intersection of Highway 7 and County Road 101 in Minnetonka closed in September 2009.

Kmart was the original tenant of the buidling, and moved to a part of the Kmart site in 2009 from Westwind Plaza. City of Minnetonka staff reports there is commercial interest is the Kmart site, but nothing has materialized.

This past Halloween, the temporary set up shop for about a month.

7-Hi drive-in movie theatre was located on the Kmart site from the early 1960s–70s.

What would you like to see in the former Minnetonka Kmart? Tell us in the comments.

renee brown April 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Bed, Bath & Beyond or MIchael's Crafts.
Julie Deitering April 16, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Lowe's
jerry johanning April 16, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Indoor mountain biking...
Kristi & Steve Zwach April 16, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Dave & busters or grand slam or a bowling alley like a park tavern
Becky Glander (Editor) April 16, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I agree! Somewhere fun to take the kids.
TJ April 16, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Yes! An entertainment venue would be fantastic. Especially with the high school so close, even visitors for tournaments would have somewhere to go between games.
Nels Chellen April 16, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Trader Joe's!
Craig Clough April 16, 2012 at 07:12 PM
A movie theater like the one that used to be up the street.
Karen Stotts April 16, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Verticle Endeavors rock climbing : )
Amy April 16, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Kohls or a movie theater
Wendy J Steinmetz April 16, 2012 at 07:34 PM
THe K-mart space would be a lovely space for an Archiver's Store.
Mark April 16, 2012 at 09:54 PM
It should be a combination of unique shops and restaurants, but not the large national box stores. We need better eating options in Minnetonka, but don't need the chain restaurants. Places like Yum! in St. Louis Park, or Pairings in Eden Prairie would be perfect.
Janelle Camp April 16, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Good restaurants - no chains or Michael's crafts. Jan
Deb Erickson April 16, 2012 at 10:48 PM
LA Fitness or a good restaurant.
HeavyMe April 17, 2012 at 03:17 PM
M-m-m sounds like a good place for indoor Put-Put (was one accross the hwy). Video archade. surrounded by "food court" with a famiy play area. ? sample mall. Or wreck that ugly bldg. and make the ever popular "green space".
Donn Wood April 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I would like to see a classic car museum at 7 HI.
Josefina Irene Gonzalez April 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM
We need something INDOOR for our kids and It would be a wonderful space for park like Edinborough Park in Edina plus swimming space.I totally agree with the comment for sample mall but NOT CHUCKEE CHEESE in it!. We have such a long and cold winter so I totally support a place like this.It will be definitely a HIT!!!
Kris Hassig April 20, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Indoor dog park and skating rink for the kids with a great causal food place.
Susanna Struck June 25, 2012 at 02:59 AM
How about a casino? It could have headliner shows, a buffet, slots, Black Jack, poker, etc., and possibly a hotel. It would generate some serious revenue for the city and create a few hundred jobs.
karen bakey June 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM
we have about 5 fitness centers in Mtka. do we need another?

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