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Old 07-09-2013, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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Maybe if we had more stores like this, it would help to change our image.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:56 PM
 
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Maybe if we had more stores like this, it would help to change our image.
That's the idea I believe. They are trying to promote the farmer's market in Central City as well. Fresh local food right there...that's the good stuff. We need a proper fresh food market with a variety of meats and produce.

I suppose that you need the demand for that as well but that's where TJ's comes in. I think that, if it is built, it will spark a trend and thus create a higher demand.

Just optimistic speculation for the moment.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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The Wild Ramp does that to an extent but really needs to expand to offer more. If they would partner with Healthy Life market and combine in one store, that would be a great store!
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:22 PM
 
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Maybe if we had more stores like this, it would help to change our image.
To what? A town full of franchises?

Look im not trying to be rude but another franchise is not going to change the image of Huntington. I do see a TJ as being beneficial to Huntington as it would provide some needed fresh and organic food. Still the image would be the town with TJs. You cant rely on something like that to change the image. Change comes from the people themselves.

Jamie Oliver did start a good change, and ive heard now school's have healthier lunches. That is a good start. Promote education of good eating habits. Encourage exercise, perhaps expand the phys ed program and local athletics with local taxes. Build bike lanes. Have a city council that promotes progressive and healthy ideas. That could change Huntington's image.

The issue with Huntington is the local culture. It is not that it is lazy, people work hard, but it is unhealthy.

It still comes down to money to implement this. In WV there isnt much of that to go around. There was enough stolen by coal companies, but that is long gone. There is no easy solution to what you want. The best we can hope for, and I think this is happening, is slow gradual change for the better.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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The idea of that statement was WV in general, not just Huntington.

Huntington already has bike lanes and was the first city in WV to put them downtown. They are also working on a massive expansion of local bike paths as well. We have three farmers markets and The Wild Ramp, which is a step up from a co-op. There are 5Ks just about every weekend and several 5K classes to encourage people to participate. They have done or are doing everything you just suggested. The culture in Huntington has changed.

The problem is the outlying areas that are part of the MSA. This is where Huntington gets the bad rap. For example, Lawrence County, OH is the unhealthiest county in OH. They have no parks, no gyms and no fresh markets. Huntington can only carry so much of the burden.

Things like a Trader Joe's are more of a benefit from a growth standpoint. It is attractive to live close to such things and makes living in town more attractive. Attracting people to something like this then often brings more development. This also in turn causes other existing local grocery stores to step up their game. You then totally change the demographics of the town by bringing in more people who are health conscious and involved in the community because they are living here. Property values go up, demographics improve and things get better in general. Improvement has to be a multifaceted approach to have the best results. Small businesses are very important but so are chains, they put you on the map for further development.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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By the way, that was a good post. I take no issue with that subject, just the way it is often presented and I appreciate the civility shown with that response.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:50 PM
 
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The idea of that statement was WV in general, not just Huntington.

Huntington already has bike lanes and was the first city in WV to put them downtown. They are also working on a massive expansion of local bike paths as well. We have three farmers markets and The Wild Ramp, which is a step up from a co-op. There are 5Ks just about every weekend and several 5K classes to encourage people to participate. They have done or are doing everything you just suggested. The culture in Huntington has changed.

The problem is the outlying areas that are part of the MSA. This is where Huntington gets the bad rap. For example, Lawrence County, OH is the unhealthiest county in OH. They have no parks, no gyms and no fresh markets. Huntington can only carry so much of the burden.

Things like a Trader Joe's are more of a benefit from a growth standpoint. It is attractive to live close to such things and makes living in town more attractive. Attracting people to something like this then often brings more development. This also in turn causes other existing local grocery stores to step up their game. You then totally change the demographics of the town by bringing in more people who are health conscious and involved in the community because they are living here. Property values go up, demographics improve and things get better in general. Improvement has to be a multifaceted approach to have the best results. Small businesses are very important but so are chains, they put you on the map for further development.
Well it is good that Huntington is trying to change for the better.

However, something like a TJ is not what attracts development. The area has to be attractive to begin with. If Huntington can naturally attract people it will naturally get things like TJ. If it NEEDS a TJ to attract people it isnt an attractive area. It is the, "if you build they will come," type mentality and this never works. Instead it is, "they are coming so let's build it," that get things like TJ.

I live right by a TJ and a whole foods. I didnt move to the area for TJ or whole foods no one did. THe area itself attracted me, not considering any stores. Any stores or just a plus.

Keep that in mind.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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Other things always bring you to an area, namely jobs. I'm speaking more of where people choose to live once coming to the area or when already here and moving around in this area. People always look at convenience to shopping and grocery stores in addition to schools, housing, etc. It is one piece of the puzzle. Like the old adage, A rising tide lifts all boats.
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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The Bring Trader Joe's to Huntington page has almost 7,000 likes in less than a week! Very impressive to say the least. Here's an article from the MU Parthenon about this as well:

Bring Trader Joe's to Huntington, WV Facebook pages receives heavy response from community - News - The Parthenon - Marshall University
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Old 07-13-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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That is a very good start and results for only a week. The idea at the very least has the public talking.
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