Big Box suburban stores contribute to downtown vacancy rate: Expert

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

THE GROWING NUMBER OF EMPTY STOREFRONTS IN DOWNTOWN DOWNTOWN CAN BE LINKED TO THE GROWTH OF BIG BOX STORES IN THE SUBURBS.

THE GROWING NUMBER OF EMPTY STOREFRONTS IN DOWNTOWN DOWNTOWN CAN BE LINKED TO THE GROWTH OF BIG BOX STORES IN THE SUBURBS.
THAT’S ACCORDING TO AN URBAN PLANNING EXPERT AT QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY.

DAVID GORDON SAYS OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS THE CITY’S DOWNTOWN HAS LOST A MOVIE THEATRE AND SOME MAJOR RETAILERS TO AREAS NEAR THE 401.
THIS IS COMPOUNDED BY AN OVERALL GLUT OF RETAIL STORES…. AND THE CITY’S POPULATION ISN’T LARGE ENOUGH TO SUPPORT THEM ALL.
GORDON SAYS IN ORDER TO FIX THE PROBLEM, MUNICIPALITIES HAVE TO SAY “NO” TO BIG BOX STORES.

 

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