Patch Readers Want Jimmy John's, Trader Joe's in Canton's Cherry Hill Village
Here's a sampling of suggestions from Patch readers for what should populate Cherry Hill Village in Canton.
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Earlier this week, Plymouth-Canton Patch asked which types of businesses would be a good fit for Cherry Hill Village, a decade-old, downtown-like business and residential development in a historic patch of Canton.
The development has struggled to fill its many storefronts, but still has plenty of potential as the number of homes increase in the area.
Readers' offerings were numerous and varied, but a few businesses seemed to draw repeat suggestions. Readers particularly singled out gourmet sandwich shop Jimmy John's, Mexican eatery Chipotle and niche grocer Trader Joe's.
Others, however, preferred to keep chain businesses away from the area, instead focusing on local shops and dining establishments.
"Keep the chain stores and restaurants away!" Patch reader C.E. wrote. "I'd like to see a fine dinning restaurant and sports bar there. We don't need more chains coming in to Canton killing local businesses."
Patch reader Kate S. said she would like a coney island, pizzeria, barbershop, consignment shop, gas station, sports bar, Chipotle, Jimmy John's or a convenience store.
Another reader, Heather, seconded Kate S.'s suggestions for a gas station and sports bar and offered a restaurant with outdoor seating and an indoor children's play place.
Several readers suggested looking at the bustling downtown Plymouth as a starting point for filling Cherry Hill Village.
Reader Kim Barron was direct in making her point: "Carbon copy of Downtown Plymouth!"
Reader Jennifer agreed.
"Anything similar to how downtown Plymouth is with a variety of choices would be fabulous!" she wrote. "Especially a family sport bar restaurant with outdoor seating would be great."
Reader Jeannette Lutowsky quickly quelled suggestions for a Starbucks or chain coffee shop in the area.
"Village Coffeehouse is already there and they serve excellent coffee and the people who work there are super friendly," she wrote.
One reader, Jim, suggested that improvements be made to the infrastructure around Cherry Hill Village before it can become a destination.
"Community businesses can't survive on the local foot traffic alone," he wrote. "We need easy, affordable parking, a significant mass of businesses to draw in people from outside of the immediate community (5-6 businesses won't be able to make it), there needs to be day-time attractions and businesses to support local eateries, interesting architecture to keep people coming back, layers of entertainment options, easy access to and exit from the community (Denton from Ford to Michigan is almost an ideal thoroughfare)."