Originally Posted by dante2308
Sorry to say this but Tech Square is working because it marketed to students. Maybe if some of the retail elsewhere around the area didn't try so hard to be upscale, it would do better. There are too many trendy furniture stores to count and nothing along Peachtree but eats, the CVS, and that art store that I ever see myself using.
I think you're right about this; smart retailers have to know their target markets. Full-time residents aren't going to buy expensive new "upscale" items every day. But they will need "everyday" stores like Publix, CVS, Target, and Home Depot, and plenty of inexpensive restaurants. There is a lot of "chicken and egg" guessing going on right now in Downtown and Midtown, as retail supply and demand are still feeling each other out. I believe this is going to take some time to evolve...