To assist bolster present outlets and fill empty area, town has employed a advisor, The Retail Coach, to assist recruit extra retailers. However they do not need simply any retailers; metropolis officers are in search of companies that share Greenville’s values, not simply nationwide manufacturers that may be lacking from downtown, metropolis councilmember at-large Dorothy Dowe mentioned throughout a council assembly.
“We’re not attempting to be King Road (in Charleston),” Dowe mentioned. “That isn’t our imaginative and prescient.
“We wish to present a retail expertise for individuals who come to go to Greenville — our tourism inhabitants — however on the similar time staying true to our uniqueness and the those who already reside right here who additionally come downtown.”
Greenville’s character and foot visitors give town an edge in recruiting these varieties of companies over different cities within the Carolinas, advisor Charles Parker mentioned.
Whereas nationwide chains supply good promoting and draw folks downtown, town’s “candy spot” is discovering non-national retailers who’re profitable in different cities and able to take the leap into one other market, Mayor Knox White mentioned.
“A few of our greatest breakthroughs have been retailers that form of meet this definition,” he mentioned, referencing Mast Normal Retailer, which expanded into Greenville from Valle Crucis, North Carolina.
Town can be making efforts to take care of inexpensive hire downtown for smaller and impartial manufacturers.
Retail area goes for about $34 to $35 per sq. foot within the coronary heart of downtown and about $30 within the West Finish, Parker mentioned. That is on the upper finish, but it surely’s not as excessive as in different places like Charleston, the place the going fee is nearer to $45.