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Johnson: Island needs chain stores

Submitted by on 1, January 30, 2009 – 8:30 amNo Comment

I took a gander through my Google Alerts for Alameda last night (and it is amazing how much news our little Island generates, folks!) and found this interesting item regarding a forum of East Bay mayors, including our own, about retail development.

The forum was sponsored by the International Conference of Shopping Centers in an effort to find out what city leaders want in terms of retail development and how to encourage retail development, according to the story, from the San Francisco Business Times.

A representative from Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums’ office said his city is working on a strategy to make retail happen in key redevelopment areas, the Business Times reports. Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said his city’s main concern is attracting infill retailers and looking for ways to revitalize high-traffic areas. Alameda Mayor Beverly Johnson said our city needs more chain stores. Per the paper:

Alameda needs more chain retail, Mayor Beverly Johnson said, since many of its residents leave the island city for most of their shopping and the city neglected to encourage retail development for many years.

The city, which gets fewer sales tax dollars per resident than any other in Alameda County, has two new chains, Kohl’s and Orchard Supply Hardware, coming to Alameda Towne Centre, though the council also passed a loopholey big-box ban late last year. Plans for a Target at the to-be-built Alameda Landing are … well … I’ll get back to you on that.

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