Posted by: thughesa | June 9, 2010

Another One Bites The Dust

I walked down the backside of Cornerstone Mews yesterday to find the optical store, Eyes in Motion,  had closed down.  No big shock really, it is a miracle any of the businesses that have opened up here have managed to stay open. Since we moved up here in 2006 we have seen many come and go. There was the butcher, the dry cleaner, the corner store, the gift shop, the salad place, the bicycle store, the old dollar store, and now the optical store.  Even Nature’s Garden, one of the more popular places in the Cornerstone, has been struggling even though business has been good.

The problem, in my opinion, is that there is no consideration of the fact that there is still a relatively small population living in Univercity and that any new business that opens will struggle until the community has reached a certain population.  Why not have rents based on sales for the first two years? Or have a gradual increase in rent over time to take the nature of this growing community into consideration.

If the Univercity Trust really does want to foster and create a sense of community up here then they might want to start giving the merchants a chance to grow with us.


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