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Empty for Years: What Should Replace Napa Wherehouse/f.y.e.?

The former entertainment store on Jefferson Street across from the Grapeyard has been closed for years and continues to stand empty. What business should locate there next? Share your visions for this vacancy.

Nobody in Napa really liked the Wherehouse when it was open, and we liked it even less when it became f.y.e. and then closed.

Years later, the former music, movies and games store at 3219 Jefferson St., next to Wells Fargo and across from the Grapeyard shopping center, remains vacant.

The freestanding store has 7,000 square feet and plenty of parking. It's for lease at $24 a square foot, per year, through Michael L. Holcomb of Strong & Hayden Commercial Real Estate at (707) 226-2661 x203. A listing sheet accompanies this article.

What business would you like to see come to this vacant store? Share your vision with us in the comments section. And if you have memories about the old Wherehouse/f.y.e., feel free to share those too.

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Lorie November 05, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Now, you're talking! I would settle for a DAILY morning (8:00 am) Jazzercise class and dance my stress away!!!!
Scott Yeager November 05, 2012 at 07:49 PM
"Back when there were only 20,000 people who lived in Napa that appreciateed the peace, beauty, and solitude, it was a GREAT place to live." I would imagine when there were only 20,000 people living in the city limits of Napa there were a few billion less people on the planet at the time. I believe someone wrote a blog post recently about overpopulation and what you are describing you can point directly to an ever increasing population. It's not like Napas population grew but California, the U.S. and worldwide population didn't grow at the same time.
Mary Richardson November 05, 2012 at 08:04 PM
OK, still going down memory lane a bit .... Above Leopold's on Durant Avenue in Berkeley was Silver Ball - one of my very favorite hangouts growing up! It was alive with buzzers and bells and the excitement of winning that extra game! In an adjoining alcove was Pong and the newest technology in video games. You could hear the "Smack smack, smack, SQUEEL!!"as someone beat a worthy opponent at air hockey! Downstairs you could buy music at Leopold's, and just up the street you could get a bite to eat at Top Dog ...... So jumping forward to Napa and reading these comments, It'd be cool to have part of the space converted into a dance/jazzercise space in the mornings, and an arcade for kids to hang out in after school and on weekends with a snack bar, and a music store all wrapped up in one. If you sectioned the space out properly, it just could work! I'm dreaming? Well, probably, but that's part of what life's about!
Mark Mathews November 06, 2012 at 01:19 AM
A Chick-fil-A
Louisa Hufstader November 06, 2012 at 01:36 AM
LOL Mark. The place could hold an entire food court, for that matter; but retrofitting would be needed (kitchen, exhaust fans etc.).

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