These are the questions that Dover locals have been asking themselves forever: why is this space empty? When will a new business take over? What might that place be?

We're talking about this spot, situated right next to the Hannaford's on Central Ave. It's sat empty for years and years.

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At one point in time, this area was steps away from The Giant Store, a one-stop shop that hosted regular flea markets. It was where Shaw's currently stands today. But as for this place, this writer doesn't know how long it's been empty for, or what its history is.

We may not know why this space has remained seemingly vacant for so long, but we do know that it's fun to do some daydreaming. So with that in mind, we asked you what business(es) you'd like to see set up shop there.

Central Ave is a busy street already, with countless stores bringing lots of traffic to the area. From places like Shaw's to Hannaford's, Dunkin', Chipotle, Panera Bread, Aroma Joe's, McDonald's, and Starbuck's, there's understandably plenty of reasons for locals to visit this part of town. So, the chances of a business thriving in this location seem pretty high.

Without further ado, let's take a look at 20 stores that locals would like to see set up shop next to Hannaford's.

Disclaimer: some of you mentioned that the space is in fact owned by Hannaford's and used for training, storage, and miscellaneous events. Regardless of that, let's just have fun and pretend that it's up for grabs.

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