The Washington Gateway Main Street is recruiting new businesses for the South End strip, and the organization wants advice from potential customers on what should go into vacant storefronts.
Nicholas Fedor, executive director of the Main Street organization says Washington Street currently has an occupancy of 92 percent
The survey campaign will launch soon, with volunteers asking residents and shoppers what they would like to see in the South End's Washington Street corridor. The Main Street organization's Economic Restructuring Committee will then contact businesses, industries and entrepreneurs about potential storefronts.
"We'll gauge their interest, and let them know about all the amenities and advantages of locating here in the South End, and then, hopefully, facilitate a connection between a property owner and that entrepreneur or business," Fedor said. He added that many of the available commercial spaces are "pretty much turn-key solutions for retail or restaurants."
The restructuring committee already has a few ideas for what the neighborhood could use.
"I think an ice cream shop would do very well there," said Fedor. "The coffee shops here in the district, such as the Buttery and Wholy Grain and Flour all do very well, and there might be room for another one as well. But we're really looking forward to seeing what we learn from the survey."
The survey will be administered for one week, and information compiled from it will go into the group's action plan.
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