So your hometown needs an Applebee’s? Or a grocery store closer to downtown? Where do you begin to recruit a new retail establishment to your community?
It’s a question city officials across the country struggle with. How can you showcase your community’s amenities to national retailers and entice them to locate in your hometown?
Enter ElectriCities Retail Development Team, part of ElectriCities Economic Development offerings. Retail Developers Jennings Gray and Charity Barbee maintain relationships with brokers and national retailers, and know which retailers are growing. Aside from that, they can create customized reports on the key factors retailers look for, like traffic counts and demographic trends. They speak the retail development language and can help your community shine in front of decision makers.
Beyond those resources, the team attends local, regional and national trade shows to network with industry professionals. At the shows, they learn new information about retailers’ strategies. Then they bring all that right back to your hometown and craft strategies to grow your retail base.