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Old 07-31-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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Default Are there any cities larger than Lynchburg...

....that, like Lynchburg, are not on or close to either an interstate highway or a limited access freeway? (not 460, it's only limited access for about 5 miles in town) I can't think of any, but there must be one or two somewhere?
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:11 PM
 
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I think it is the largest one without an interstate.. Thank C'ville for that.
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Old 07-31-2010, 06:22 PM
 
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I read (a few years ago) that Lynchburg is the largest "small city" in America without an interstate. Can't verify it because I don't remember where I read it. I think that's why it has retained it's old fashioned, southern personality. But, unfortunately, it's also why a lot of major retailers also haven't opened.

Personally, that's why I like, make that "love" it.
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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With Best Buy, Target, Kohl's, B&N, Ann Taylor, Old Navy, Home Depot, Lowe's, several WalMarts, Sams, Macy's and others I just don't see that many that are not there that would do well. No, there is no Brooks Brothers, Abercrombie, and other higher end retailers but I doubt they would do that well either as the high-income market is smallish and dominated by doctors and engineers who generally don't like wasting much money on expensive clothes. It's a good excuse for a trip to Short Pump every so often which is not a bad thing. The economic study for retail showed very little leakage of retail sales to other markets. In most categories L imported shoppers from a pretty wide market area.
I do think the Boonsboro Center could be significantly improved by getting rid of Food Lion and a nice redesign. A few more higher end shops/chains could go there.
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Old 08-01-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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With Best Buy, Target, Kohl's, B&N, Ann Taylor, Old Navy, Home Depot, Lowe's, several WalMarts, Sams, Macy's and others I just don't see that many that are not there that would do well. No, there is no Brooks Brothers, Abercrombie, and other higher end retailers but I doubt they would do that well either as the high-income market is smallish and dominated by doctors and engineers who generally don't like wasting much money on expensive clothes. It's a good excuse for a trip to Short Pump every so often which is not a bad thing. The economic study for retail showed very little leakage of retail sales to other markets. In most categories L imported shoppers from a pretty wide market area.
I do think the Boonsboro Center could be significantly improved by getting rid of Food Lion and a nice redesign. A few more higher end shops/chains could go there.
True but all fairly recent arrivals. I guess retailers have finally discovered Lynchburg.

Boonsboro definitely needs a "facelift". Starbucks, Talbots, Chicos, R Coffee Ltd, Silver Thistle, Isabella's Restaurant (I still keep calling it Meriwethers!) are all such nice "upscale" stores/restaurant. I was hoping Food Lion would remodel their store into a Bloom. And, of course, I suppose it's needed but the laundromat really needs improvement.

I don't mind Talbots and, to a lesser degree Chicos, but I'd hate to see a bunch of chain stores go in there -- keep them out on Wards Road! Independents make life so much more interesting. (Can you really compare Phila-deli to any chain, lol! )
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Old 08-01-2010, 04:15 PM
 
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I should have said Ann Taylor--not Talbots. Not a frequent shopper for either myself My wife likes Ann Taylor--Chicos not so much. More for a certain taste. R Coffee is very nice for classic men's wear. The laundromat seems very out of place. Put it down near the new Walmart. YUK. Miss the old drug store. It was a classic place and very nice people. They were the only place in the US my wife could find a certain type of small brush used for cleaning baby bottle nipples. They used it in her medical office to clean some smaller instruments. She bought all they had but that supply is dwindling.
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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I, too, was very sad to see Tom Jones leave. They had so much fun stuff and those new chains just don't have the same feel.

The laundromat always seems to have customers, so the apartments up Boonsboro Road must not have laundry facilities. I pretty much stay away from that end of the center. I was sad when Harris-Teeter left and replaced by Kroger. I like H-T. Oh, well, I guess they're all just grocery stores!
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:35 PM
 
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H-T seems to have a little more upscale and specialty store feel. But Kroger did a nice job expanding and has pretty good stuff at better prices. As long as I can get Boar's Head, decent meat, and fresh baked goods and vegies I'm good.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:21 AM
 
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Albany, GA, Brownsville, TX, Fresno, CA to name a few.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:08 PM
 
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San Angelo, Tx.
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