Feathering Your Nest
Stores opening, stores closing. Retail is definitely fluid and who is hot today, next week is a nobody. Some stores cause a buzz when they open; others quietly open the door offering their wares in tasteful, intimate displays. Some use social media to create that buzz, they take to Facebook, Twitter and Bloggers – with words and images they drive the public to their door and cash registers. Offering a carnival like atmosphere, shopping becomes an experience.
Known for their traffic driving, exciting, destination grand opening is IKEA and soon the Columbus IKEA will be opening. With IKEA’s opening a week away the news teams are previewing the store, law enforcement is preparing their traffic plan and area businesses are making plans for their employees to work at home. How crazy is that???
The economic impact of stores like IKEA opening in an area is admirable. They not only bring in construction jobs, retail jobs, warehouse jobs but area restaurants will feed off the destination shoppers that maybe don’t want a Swedish Meatball or say let’s check out Polaris while we are in the Columbus area. I think it’s safe to say Easton will get a small piece of the pie, being a destination shopping experience in it’s own right and with the updating and new stores it’s an easy trip down I71/270 to enjoy additional shopping and dinning.
Whether you like all the new stores and growth in Columbus or not you definitely have to admit living in a growing thriving area does provide opportunity. You just have to look for your opportunity.