Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Grist for the Rumor Mill

Just in the last two weeks, I’ve heard rumors of a major clothing retailer looking at space near the Culinaria and a national pharmacy chain scouting out locations east of the Old Post Office District.

I’d be interested to know if Ace Hardware is still considering a loft district store. Perhaps the success of the Culinaria will prove that the market for downtown retail is much stronger than many originally thought.

Of course, those who work and live downtown have known all along that the area is ridiculously underserved from a retail standpoint. There is money to be made in downtown St. Louis for retailers that possess a little vision. Let's hope more retailers out there - both local and national - are willing to seize the opportunity.

4 comments:

Mark Groth said...

Old Navy and Walgreens?

Saint Louis Urban Workshop said...

Why can't you say it's Old Navy?

Anonymous said...

I heard last week that Old Navy is definitely not looking at that location and the people involved wanted to know how that rumor got started. A pharmacy would be great because there's household items, too...between that and Culinaria, you'd hardly need to leave downtown!

Anonymous said...

Joseph A Bank and Gap had tried in the past but I thought they gave up after the MX deal fell apart.

It would make sense to have a middle range store like that in Downtown. Of course, Macy's Downtown should be their flagship store but it still isn't.

There are still people who hate this region and do not support a strong Regional Downtown!