Visions for Vacancies: Dr. Dough Pizza

Readers, what do you think should replace Dr. Dough Pizza in the shopping center near the courthouse?

Dr. Dough Pizza Practicioner isn't practicing any more.

A "For Rent" sign hangs in the front window of the storefront at the end of a shopping center on Yorkville's West Side. The location has decent parking, is visible from Route 34 and likely could attract workers from the nearby county buildings, courthouse and Rush-Copley Healthcare Center.

What do you think should go in this empty space? What business does Yorkville need? Tell us in the comments.

JG April 09, 2012 at 09:13 PM
That space is now 0-3. That's a shame. Yorkville hasn't tried a "stand alone" Starbucks yet, but it depends on the economics of the space. It seems to be about the same size as the Starbucks in Oswego. The only other business that might fit would be a TCBY Yogurt. It's too small for a Pamida or Safari.
Q Neal April 09, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Potbelly Sandwich Shop, or an Oberweis Dairy, but unfortunately its too small for either. A Starbucks would do well on the North side of town - which has nothing!
Jillian Duchnowski April 09, 2012 at 09:35 PM
What else has been in that space? I've lived in town for about a year and a half, and I don't remember it being anything but Dr. Dough's... but my memory may be shoddy :)
Jillian Duchnowski April 09, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I wouldn't mind a stand-alone Starbucks. I sometimes pop into Target JUST to visit Starbucks :)
Jillian Duchnowski April 09, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Suggestions from Yorkville Patch Facebook fans: Payless Shoes, Chipotle, Jet Pizza, Firehouse Subs, Starbucks? Fedex / Kinko's, and .... "anything but a pizza place, I believe Yorkville has like 8 of them"
Michelle April 09, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Jersey Mikes, Chipotle or Potbelly would be awesome!
Jillian Duchnowski April 09, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Another comment from a Yorkville Patch Facebook fan: "It is right next to a laundry matt. How about a way to pass the time, a used bookstore. Perhaps."
Jacquelin Lawrence April 09, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Anything but another "chain" type store. I wish an entrepreneur could fill the space.
Jacquelin Lawrence April 09, 2012 at 10:52 PM
There's already been a used bookstore in that strip, didn't make it either!
Jillian Duchnowski April 10, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Another Facebook fan comment: Uncle Lar's East.
JG April 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM
@Jillian... Originally Richies (hot dogs, beefs & pizza). That was replaced briefly by something similar (don't remember the name of that brief occupant). Next was Dr Dough who had relocated there.
Jolie Rampage April 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I know the space is kind of small for this, but a Firehouse Subs would be AWESOME!! They have the most incredibly delicious subs I have EVER tasted!!
LRG April 10, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I vote Starbucks! To many sandwich and pizza places in town already.
Becky Hane April 10, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I still don't understand why Dr. Dough's even moved there. They had a great thing going when they were in the Lakewood Springs shopping strip in Plano. Their pizza wasn't really the greatest, so I'm pretty sure the reason why they did so well before was due to their prime location in a large and popular subdivision. As for this space, maybe a Starbucks, but I like the idea of a sandwich/sub shop too. As a vegetarian, I'd love a sandwich shop that also caters to non-meat eaters as well. There are so many awesome veggie sandwiches that can be made, yet no one seems to be willing to offer them.
Jolie Rampage April 10, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Firehouse Subs has a hot veggie sandwich. Can ya tell I want a Firehouse Subs here??
someone April 10, 2012 at 02:05 PM
how about something you can't already get in Oswego, Montgomery, and Aurora! Everything is the same.
Carol Kreiss April 10, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Aurelio's Pizza or Five Guy's would be nice!!
JG April 10, 2012 at 06:06 PM
A Five Guys might fit in the space by Domino's Pizza (more parking too), but it won't fit in the Dr Dough space. It's a tough call when there is so much vacant retail space around and a lot of Yorkville folks toss around nickels like they're manhole covers.
lisa grooms April 11, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Q Neal April 11, 2012 at 03:25 PM
@someone - Even if Montgomery, Oswego, or Aurora has a location; I for one don't want to have to drive there to get it when I could go into town; and, I'd rather my tax dollars go to support a businesses in my community. I hate spending money in other cities and feeding their tax base because Yorkville doesn't have something. I usually have to do it out of necessity, not by choice.
Ann April 18, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Yorkville desperately needs a "Play It Again Sports," and this location would be a nice complement to Dick's higher prices/ only new items.


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