The Old Harvest Space on South Street: What Should Go There?

The former Harvest Coop space at 57 South St.  on May 20, 2015.

Chris Helms

The former Harvest Coop space at 57 South St. on May 20, 2015.

Perhaps no commercial vacancy in the last few years has prompted as much speculation on what should go there next as 57 South St., former home of Harvest Coop.

Landlord Dean Rusk is marketing the property as a “retail/restaurant” opportunity, according to a poster in the window. Interested parties are asked to call 617-274-4900 or email info@bosurban.com.

Harvest shuttered the store in April, citing operating losses in each of the past three fiscal years. Harvest has a location .7 miles away across from Forest Hills Station.

On social media, wishes for the space include a new grocery store:

Assessing records say the property is 8,142 square feet inside. The layout proved awkward for Harvest, with lines for the registers frequently backing up aisles where other customers were shopping. There was also a choke point at the deli, which stood between the main aisle area and the beer/wine/chips section.

At least one person hopes an honest-to-goodness diner might open there:

Other ideas include an outpost of Life Alive, a regional chain specializing in vegetarian and vegan foods. It has locations in Cambridge, Salem and Lowell. Jamaica Plain News has reached out to Life Alive management and we’ll update this item with any response.

  • la bibliotequetress

    This area really needs a little grocery. Lots of people live nearby who don’t drive.

  • Jagged

    I think smaller version of a “Foodies” grocery store would be great. The one in the South End was not anymore expensive than the Harvest is.

  • hydesquare

    Let’s force the wealthy owner to put free housing for the homeless in the space.

  • foresthillsresident

    a marijuana dispensary

    • FartFace

      NIMBY.

  • FartFace

    I think the community could use another boutique pet store.

  • SamSacks

    My vote is for a comic book store/doggie massage parlor/record store/vintage clothing shop/indie grocery store. But that’s just me.

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