Have you noticed? There are fewer downtown Quincy storefronts sitting empty these days. Officials say in the last few years, Historic Quincy Business District has seen steady growth and more businesses sticking around.
Quincy native Dan Griffard says he didn't used to have the belief in Quincy he does now. But he says it all changed when he came back to his roots to be closer to family.
"The rate of people moving in and having successful businesses down here seems to be soaring in my eyes," said Griffard. "There's a lot of good businesses going in down here. A lot of creativity and I really like all the old buildings and I like the development."
Griffard says he plans to open up shop next week in the Maine Center in the old Great Debate Books location. He says he'll be selling his very own clothing designed under his label "Rainmaker".
Executive Director Travis Brown says the district is 93 percent full. He says most of the empty buildings left are either uninhabitable or the owners for one reason or another do not want to fill them. But for the rest, Brown says, there is hope.
"We work very hard to let people know that we do have opportunities in the downtown and what those opportunities are," said Brown. "People can log onto our web site 24/7 and see the properties that we have available both for lease and for sale."
Brown adds that the addition of recent businesses to the district keeps shoppers in the area.
"Customers that may come down just for one particular store are oftentimes drawn into another store," said Brown.
Brown says the district started tracking the occupancy data in 2010 and it was much lower then than it is now.
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