Sadly, Midland has more than its share of vacant stores along King Street. Several municipalities finding themselves in the same position have resolved the vacant store syndrome with a very positive approach to attracting more shops and stores.
More than one business rents a vacant store, often as many as three or four. We can see this in the Georgian Shoppes mini mall. It would be perfect for those forced to leave the Mountainview Mall and wanting to stay alive elsewhere in the community and thus not losing their valuable customers. It would be a win-win proposition when one considers all the facts.
Keeping the downtown core alive and viable certainly is the key to any communities’ commercial life and well being.
As has been pointed out in this story, the proposal is nothing short of a win-win proposition….let’s make this a community effort.
What’s keeping tenants from filling those shops? Are the rents too high? Are the spaces in need of repair? Do the landlords prefer empty units? This should be a team effort by landlords, the BIA and the Town of Midland to revitalize the core before the tourist season begins.