YOUR VIEW: Movie theater tops Richmond County’s retail wish list

Architectural rendering This view shows the JC Penney side of Richmond plaza. Neil Robinette hopes a $2.5 million to $3.5 million makeover will attract more vendors to lease space in the shopping center and said serious talks are in progress with some “highly recognizable” store brands and restaurants that could make Richmond Plaza a regional fashion destination.

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In a Facebook post sharing our story about Tri-City Inc.’s plans to revitalize Richmond Plaza in a $2.5 million to $3.5 million makeover — which will include several new tenants — we asked readers which restaurants and retail stores they would like to see in Richmond County. Here’s what they had to say:

I’d love to see a good sushi place!

Allison Sweatt

Would be nice. Bringing back the theater would be great, and maybe a few nicer stores. We need some incentive for other corporations to bring more business.

Taylor Wall

Coffee shop like Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks.

Jennifer Estabrook-Hurd

Kohl’s would be awesome and Hobby Lobby!

Casey Jacobs

Something that stays open past 6 on a Sunday. Seriously.

Jerry Tilley

Ross, Target, Marshall’s, Sam’s Club, Sears, PetSmart, Home Depot

Marilynn Richardson

Torrid, Forever 21, Panera Bread, Jersey Mike’s, Shoe Carnival, Foot Action… A MOVIE THEATER!

Courtney Wall

I would love to see Goody’s come back…a coffee shop/pastry place…bringing the theater back would be a good idea too.

Diane Taylor

Please reopen the movie theater. Much needed for children and teenagers around here!

Robyn Coleman

Kmart, movie theater, Red Lobster, TGI Friday’s Men’s Wearhouse.

Valjean Hargrove

Target, Red Robin, Krispy Kreme, Cheddar’s…anything surrounding counties DON’T have. We need a specific variety and our community needs something Moore County doesn’t have that will promote spending and growth in our own community.

Michael Gamber

Bring back Bi-Lo. I lived in Rockingham in the early ’90s and it was the best grocery store there!

Stephen Mahala

A movie theater like the one in Pinehurst.

Jerry Taylor

Movie theater, Bath and Body Works, Panera, Kohl’s, Hollister, Lane Bryant, Sears, Starbucks, Bed Bath and Beyond.

Tonya Freeman

Target. It’s laughable that we have to drive an an hour and a half (Fayetteville) to two hours (Monroe) just to get to a Target from here.

Candace McKenzie Hughes

I hope they reopen the theater, even if it is just two or three movies, it would be something. And they could show more releases, just with staggered listings/times. Even if it was a discount theater that shows not-so-current releases.

Sam Webster

Marshall’s and a Longhorn Steakhouse. We have enough chicken places…there’s nowhere to have a good steak around here, we’re taking all of our money to Southern Pines and Fayetteville.

Mamie Ingram

We need businesses that Moore County doesn’t have! Let’s take a few of their dollars for a change.

Amanda Buffaloe

A new movie theater, Target and Dress Barn would be nice. Wouldn’t have to travel to Monroe, Matthews and Pinehurst to spend our money.

Debra Jill Gulledge

Bed, Bath & Beyond, Bath and Bodyworks, Sears, Texas Roadhouse and a movie theater.

Sherry Watson Inman