An urban-style Target or Crate & Barrel are two of the most desired replacements once Borders leaves the corner of Harlem and Lake, according to a recent survey conducted by the Village of Oak Park.
More than 500 people responded to the online questionnaire, which was posted on the village's website and emailed to residents. Borders is in the process of selling off its inventory, and is expected to shut down by the end of September.
Most desired, according to a village press release, is a "general merchandise" store to take over Borders' space, suggested by about 23 percent of respondents. That was followed by a department store (19.4 percent) and an electronics retailer (15 percent).
As far as specific brands, the most-mentioned retailer was Crate & Barrel, with about 82 percent of respondents suggesting the home-furnishing chain. Other favorites included Target (78 percent), Macy's (76.4 percent) and Apple (72.1 percent).
Village hall emphasized that it has no control over what tenant takes up the space, but officials hope the survey might influence the building's management, according to a press release.