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Old 11-14-2012, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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re-looking at now that more and more people are living downtown?
I don't think so. The type of businesses that are thriving in OTR are small, locally owned stores that offer something unique, fresh, green, etc.

Park and Vine is an example of what I am talking about. Really, it's a grocery store, just not in the sense that most are talking about.

Park + Vine | Park + Vine
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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Did Morton's survive? I've been gone quite a while ...
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:10 PM
 
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Did Morton's survive? I've been gone quite a while ...
Morton's is downtown, but it's in the Carew Tower and not TPM.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:16 PM
 
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Turn it into a casino!

Oh ... wait ...

I'd do some serious damage at Tower Place on my lunch hour, back in the bad old days.

Every new store that went in was supposed to "save" the downtown mall concept. How many of those stores that were once in Tower Place relocated elsewhere downtown? I don't think more than one or two. Would the idea be worth re-looking at now that more and more people are living downtown?

I'm glad I'm not in retail -- what a volatile industry! I thought fundraising was bad.

So I guess the real question is: What does the city think it will do with Tower Place? If it's to survive as a retail location, it needs a destination store -- one not found anywhere else in the city or 'burbs. Hmmm.
It's almost inconceivable that downtown has been without a large-scale bookstore since Brentano's (I think that's what it was) closed its tiny TPM location years ago. It was always packed, especially during lunch hours. Victoria Secret also looked crowded most of the time. I'm surprised those stores haven't relocated but I'm not sure there is a near-to-the-Square spot for them. Hopefully the new Dunnhumby building incorporates more retail as opposed to restaurants, the latter of which we have no shortage of.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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Brentano's & Vic Secret --- both places for "just looking"" ... don't ya think?
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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It's almost inconceivable that downtown has been without a large-scale bookstore since Brentano's (I think that's what it was) closed its tiny TPM location years ago. It was always packed, especially during lunch hours. Victoria Secret also looked crowded most of the time. I'm surprised those stores haven't relocated but I'm not sure there is a near-to-the-Square spot for them. Hopefully the new Dunnhumby building incorporates more retail as opposed to restaurants, the latter of which we have no shortage of.
The Vine Street library is always jammed with people. Would have to say that is a good indication of demand in this case. I could see a Borders doing well downtown, IMO.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:10 AM
 
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I could see a Borders doing well downtown, IMO.
Surely you jest? Borders was liquidated over a year ago. Barnes & Nobles hanging by a thread....and won't likely survive long-term.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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The Vine Street library is always jammed with people. Would have to say that is a good indication of demand in this case. I could see a Borders doing well downtown, IMO.
But the library does not require you to buy the book. Demand to enjoy versus demand to puchase is not always the same.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Surely you jest? Borders was liquidated over a year ago. Barnes & Nobles hanging by a thread....and won't likely survive long-term.
No, just wishful thinking. That goes to show you how much I keep up with big box anything.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:22 AM
 
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No, just wishful thinking. That goes to show you how much I keep up with big box anything.
Yep, it says it all about book retailing in the traditional sense. All other retailers face the same threat from the internet. Best Buy is nearing extinction, too. Grocers are about the only type of retail that hasn't been hit hard by it....but they're facing their own set of problems.
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