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Visions For Vacancy: 7500 & 7504 McKnight Road

Two vacant properties, sitting side by side on McKnight Road, what would you like to see go there?

7500 McKnight had been home to a Valvoline instant oil change center for many years, after the company bought the property in 1991. According to the Allegheny County Real estate web site, the building and 18,230 square foot lot are worth $412,000.

The property is currently on the market for $325,000 and is listed by CB Richard Ellis. 

7504 McKnight Road is the former, longtime home of McKnight generator/alternator service, and more recently Pittsburgh Custom Wheelz

According to the Allegheny County Real estate web site, the building and 9,750 square foot lot are worth $230,000. It is owned by TLC Properties. It had been for sale for $260,000 but has since been taken off the market. 

Give us your ideas for these two properties in comments below

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Richard Cook June 19, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Idea from one of our facebook friends :Lisa Maloney Vidt A PRIMANTIS'
Joan Beatrous June 19, 2012 at 06:27 PM
How about a Hobby Lobby?
Cheryl B. June 19, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Steak & Shake!
Fallon Jones June 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Jamba Juice
woody June 20, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Something independent, Mom & Pop. We have too many chain stores/restaurants already.
kfs June 20, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I agree with Cheryl!! We do have a lot of chains on McKnight Road, but we don't have any of the new chains that seem to be going to Cranberry or Robinson instead. I really don't think that space is adequate for a restaurant. Is there enough space for parking. I like the hobby store idea also. That is another store we are continuously going to Cranberry or Robinson for.
Scott Baret June 20, 2012 at 05:16 PM
How about Tim Horton's or Smoothie King? Both are missing in the Pittsburgh area and would be welcome additions!
Scott Baret June 20, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Whichever doesn't come to that space could fit nicely in the newly vacated spot in the Ross Park Mall food court!!!
DIETNUT June 20, 2012 at 05:42 PM
how about Krispie Kreme Donuts or an ice cream stand? you don't need a lot of parking, like you do for a restaurant.
Cindy June 20, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Beto's or a Dairy Queen would be real nice!
Helen Gricks June 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM
A farmers market, or a real butcher or fishmonger. Some place to buy fresh, natural food.
kfs June 21, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Scott, what has left the food court now?
kfs June 21, 2012 at 01:44 PM
There is a new Butcher shop on McKnight. I believe it's specialty is kosher meats. I have no idea what it is like or how expensive it is. The Patch did a story on it a while back. Might be worth a try.
Scott Baret June 21, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Farmtown Market. They took over where Cajun Grill had been in January and went out within the last few weeks.
kfs June 21, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Well that's sad. I was kinda rooting for them since they were a mom & pop type place.
Scott Baret June 21, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I also just heard today Dolce Mia is on its way out too. South Park Mall in Charlotte (which is upscale and similar to Ross Park in terms of stores but is bigger and has better parking) has a Chipotle. Let's put that in the middle and stick a Smoothie King in the Farmtown space!!!
Scott Baret June 21, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I agree on the ice cream stand, or perhaps a Rita's! Krispy Kreme is struggling overall and didn't do so well in this area; the Cranberry and Robinson stores are both gone.
Scott Baret June 21, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Ross needs a good farm stand somewhere. We had the one at the corner of Rochester and Sewickley Oakmont, but that's been gone since the early 90s. Given the large presence of Soergel's and Shenot's, perhaps one of them could open a smaller stand, especially come corn season, for those who don't want to brave the Wexford construction.
Scott Baret June 21, 2012 at 08:39 PM
We had Bill & Walt's for a long time, first at Northway and later in the old library space on Three Degree. The only question is how well it would do since hobby shops as a whole have died down. The one in Wexford has been gone for over a decade and supplies for coin and stamp collectors (two of the groups who went there often) can be found nearly everywhere since Treasure Hunt has expanded. Still, not a bad idea as long as there was enough audience for it.
Danielle K June 22, 2012 at 02:25 AM
How about Moe's Southwest Grill??!! I hate driving all the way to Cranberry to get their delicious food!
McKnightmare June 26, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Walmart.
kfs June 26, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Oh, how I wish!! I hate that I have to go to either Robinson or Cranberry to go to Walmart on the weekend. But the difference in my grocery bill makes the drive worth it.
Cindy June 26, 2012 at 09:15 PM
kfs....I totally agree with you! Why can't they put a Wal-Mart in the North Hills area?
woody September 05, 2012 at 02:09 PM
All of these are excellent suggestions. I would welcome a farm market in particular, sort of the "farm stand" that Scott Baret mentioned.

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