I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
One of my concerns has been that companies would do their own studies and this study done by the city would be used by city people to exclude companies that want to come to
Remember this is a RETAIL MARKETING STUDY. The Iceport would not have been helped if this were done. Just like fast food and sit-down restaurants are not in a true retail market. If it is a comprehensive market study, that is one thing, but a retail market is another.
Then again, what is your definition of retail? Seems a tad bit subjective unless strict definitions and guidelines are applied and explained.
Are bars retail since they sell alcohol in takeout cans?
If you go by the stock market retail doesn’t included fast food at all http://money.cnn.com/data/sectors/Retail/
I was told the study was to find the needs of the south shore area. What is “The South Shore Area”? What communities does it include? Bay View, St. Francis,
Is it a study of leakage out of
I was told
What fast food does
I am sure if they placed a category for Propane refilling, all of the $$$$ are leaking out of
The "leakage" study just in itself has shortcomings.
The problem is that consultants don't have access to the store sales data and zip code analysis that the retailers have (much like
Question from a reader in email –
Please tell me this is not true, we are paying an outside firm to determine what type shopping we need in Cudahy, the people, a high percentage I might add expressed their feeling to Mr. Mayor about wanting a
Yes, the taxpayers are footing the bill!
At a time when our city is struggling to find extra money in the budget to hire more needed police officers and make long-overdue improvements to our city's infrastructure, it makes sense to be smart even if that means to take the businesses that want to build or relocate here.
Many people in Cudahy think that a
Putting in an ordinance either directly, indirectly or applied with fancy data goes too far in regulating business in
Banning large stores is the act of elitists.
Keep in mind that so-called land use arguments are nothing more than a way to try to divert the real issues, which is that this is being driven by unions. Unions and the fact
Big-box retail stores provide consumers with convenient, one-stop shopping at low prices and that consumers, not regulators, should dictate how and where businesses are allowed to operate in a free-market society.
Please don’t forget that the Mayor and Alderpersons are to be non-partisan and "A" political, but we know in the real word that just isn’t true. Elected local representatives are normally divided along political party lines on the issue of big-box regulation, with Republicans emphasizing economic benefits and free-market principles, and Democrats citing adverse impacts and concerns about labor practices.
Without big box stores, consumers who shop by price (generally the lower income, fixed income, or in today’s economy the middle class private sector worker) will have to drive for lower prices or pay higher local prices. Consumers more interested in variety, better-quality goods, or better-quality service (generally the higher income consumers) will continue to shop as before. But don't ban them because you can afford to pay more at your boutique shops. Not everyone can.
These Supercenters/hyper-markets are major savers for harried two-wage-earner couples.
We all benefit when local shops are forced to compete with the big chains. Since they cannot compete on price, they must offer more variety, better quality or better service.