Sign of the Times? NW Gainesville Loses Another Business
After 35 years in town, a Gainesville chain grocery store is closing, leaving some residents inconvenienced, and nearby business owners wondering who's next?
"It just seems things are developing elsewhere," said B.J. Gavin, general manager at Brasingtons.
Albertsons on north west 13th street is in it's final days. It follows the recent closing of furniture, dollar, and movie rental stores.
"Hopefully it doesn't affect our business," he said.
Nearby business owners say they're witnessing a trend, more stores are moving out than in.
"The interstate and the university are two areas that people are always traveling in between, so those seem to be the places where development is taking place," he said.
Things have been down before, but the Lowe's Home Improvement Center that replaced an abandoned shopping center seemed to indicate a comeback five years ago.
Russ Blackburn, city manager, says the area is going through another transition, and will bounce back.
However some feel the corridor will need some outside help for that to happen.
"I think there's been greater development other areas of the city, I think this would be an area that could benefit from some economic development," said Gavin.
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