HARTSDALE, N.Y. – Nestled between a CVS pharmacy and a Clearview Cinemas movie theater, a dusty "For Rent" sign still sits in the window of a Greenburgh Shopping Center building.
The empty building, 93 Knollwood Road, seems out of place next to the strip of bustling stores nearby, which include an A&P supermarket and a Dunkin' Donuts. The 3,200-square-foot space has been vacant for almost a year now, said Sam Jemal, Greenburgh Shopping Center property manager.
"It's a good location. near a CVS and the A&P, so it can attract customers that go to those other stores," Jemal said.
Some frequent customers of the nearby stores said they are tired of seeing the "For Rent" sign and hope the space soon becomes something useful, such as a place to get a quick bite of healthy food, a Clearview Cinemas employee said.
Judy Schreier of Hartsdale also offered her suggestion.
"A good deli. There's not enough of those around here," Schreier said.
The space was formerly filled by Community Mutual Savings Bank. When it was relocated, Hartsdale resident Mary-Anne Keller said, she hoped it would be replaced by another local bank.
"I wanted a Chase Manhattan bank. There aren't any close to where I live," Keller said. "That's what I would vote for."
Jeff Kapelus of Scarsdale also agreed that the center could use an area with an ATM. Kapelus said he usually brings his children to the shopping center right after school, and a bank would be a perfect fit to the strip of stores, especially because "there's definitely enough restaurants."
Jemal added that he has received a few offers to fill 93 Knollwood Road, but "nothing acceptable."