What Businesses Do You Miss? What Should Come Here?

We're asking readers what kind of businesses should come in, and what you're sad that went. Tell us below or send us an email to angela.hart@patch.com.

State Farm Insurance left Rohnert Park's 33-acre hub vacant in 2011, leaving a huge swath of the city center vacant, and contributing to the city's official 43 percent vacancy rate. Are you sad it's gone? What should go there?

What should replace the empty Pacific Market? Residents have been talking about getting Trader Joe's in here, but the grocery has said it's not interested, say city officials. What do you think should fill that space?

What other businesses should come here? Big box retailers dominate Rohnert Park's west side, and citizens have long complained that there's not enough independent businesses in town.

But members of the City Council say gems are here — places like Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster and Sonoma Mountain Village — and they're planting seeds for the future shape of the city.

What do you think the city needs?

pdf April 15, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Ta-Ke sushi, in my opinion and from someone from L.A. who's been eating sushi for over 30 years, is the B-E-S-T!
AnthonyR April 17, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I must agree we have great sushi restaurants here in RP. Having the opportunity to experience many great restaurants throughout California and different states. I find myself missing local foods when away on business trips. We have wonderful local ingredients and I appreciate when restaurants utilize all that is available. Anything that would bring revenue and occupy vacant buildings would be beneficial. However, certain businesses do attract the wrong crowd. Comparing a Cheesecake Factory to a Hooters *eyeroll.* You don't go to Hooters for a dining experience. Of course we all would prefer something more than a chain but Cheesecake factory would be nice in that location if it were to be a chain. A lot of RP residents and surrounding cities are willing to pay extra for quality. We need something that is a little more upscale. Something like Windsor Town Green is a great idea for RP. I've been to many places in different cities that Windsor Town Green resembles. Cities take ideas from other places to help with development. We need some charm for RP. We all just want this city to flourish and develop. 
RC April 30, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I believe you miunderstood somewhere along the line as I only come and stay in Rohnert Park for business. I travel throughout Northern California but love the weather in Rohnert Park the most. I actually commute to Healdsburg and Marin County while when I'm here; but try to support the locals since I love the areaso much and I appreciate the small town feel here.
RC April 30, 2012 at 09:58 PM
My last comment was for Larae and anyone else that might have took it the wrong way. Thanks for reading.
RC January 25, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Very good point Patricia. Should we form a committee and plead the city for this? The casino has been helping with finances , but what's been done for the good if the city and the CITIZENS??


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