Originally Posted by FenderStrat
Nice to see the old camera shop downtown getting redeveloped, I just wish it was for the purpose of retail.
A lot of the vacant store fronts downtown seem to be starting to fill in. If you are hungry and want some dinner, downtown is a great place to go as you have literally dozens of great choices, but there's still almost no retail.
I lived downtown from 2002-2003. Back then, downtown was considered to be in rough shape, but at least there were still some interesting retail options even that recently, even after the Norwich block was gone (ie The Book Mark, Turek, Nut House, Freyja, just to name a few that are long gone).
Now days, what retail options are there that would actually draw people downtown? I guess BB Branded is fairly popular.
For retail downtown there is BB Branded, Awesome (women's clothes), Shanfield's , a fur place on University, a nail shop, a salon, an eyeglass place, skateboard shop, some sort of a dollar store at Wyandotte & Ouellette, another dollar store,Shoppers, Dr. Disc, a clothing boutique in the Scotia Bank, some cigar shops, Pete's Pipes, Maxine's, some tattoo places, Cash Converters and some sort of a seed store?
Whew, I ought be forgetting something, there are also some dry cleaners downtown.
We do have some shops but ofcourse we could always do better and I would like to see some bigger branded stores locate in the city centre. I don't think we'll see a more recognizeable retailer for some time, not until there is a bigger critical mass of people downtown. The commercial tax rates are still too high and the residential rental vacancies too high as well.
I would like to see some sort of office supply store open downtown. My wife works downtown and says currently there is no such place to get office supplies in a pinch. With the arrival of the college and university downtown I think a store like this could be a nice fit. Also I think a hardware store would be good downtown for the very same reasons.