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Springfield BID Releases Assessment of Retail Establishments and Market Analysis

The Business Improvement District of Springfield has released a report of the township that includes assessments of commercial properties and businesses and more.

 

The following information was provided by the Township of Springfield.

The Springfield Business Improvement District has released a market study and retail assessment of Springfield Township.

The study includes visual assessments of commercial properties and businesses within the  Business district, meetings with local stakeholders and merchants, and a consumer survey of  residents and visitors via paper mailers and online.

Over 900 completed the survey  responses—well beyond our goal of 400. Analysis of that data revealed current supply and demand for more than 140  categories of retail.

This report provides an in-depth evaluation of those  economic factors, as well as recommended strategies for revitalization of local commerce. 

To view the report on the Township's website, click here

 


ASquared Video Productions February 27, 2013 at 03:41 PM
There needs to be some kind of incentives to attract business to the downtown area as well as renovate some of those deteriorating buildings to make it attractive to some national chains. Also some of the businesses that are there need to step up their game a little such as McLynn's ... went there once and will never go back it's disgusting and it smells and the food is nasty. Went to Darby Road in Scotch Plains and it blows McLynns out of the water. The tomato garden .... really??? Hunan Spring is so much better and it's a block away. A Starbucks would go nicely on the corner of Caldwell pl. and Morris ave.
Warren Frank February 27, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Sounds great. I have lived in Springfield 26 years and this is the 26th study done. Nothing changes. We get the same businesses over and over(pizza, dry cleaners, nail places and chinese). The town makes things difficult for anyone to open a business with way too many ordinances. This study will go with the others, but now the garbage is only picked up once a week.
ASquared Video Productions February 27, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Don't forget frozen yogurt places too .... A frozen yogurt place opened steps away from the Ice Hut ... REALLY?????
ASquared Video Productions February 27, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Oh and bagels ... can't have enough bagel stores! They'll let those store fronts continue to fall into disrepair and it will be more of an embarrassment. The township doesn't realize that people are spending their money in Millburn, Westfield, etc .... you know where they actually maintain their downtown areas and have thriving businesses besides chains.
Bob Groder February 27, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Im in springfield for about 50 yrs out of my 54. I have to admit there are lots of bagel , pizza & chinese choices but no bowling alleys. Anyone remember when the old motor vehicle agency was an 6 or 8 lane bowling alley? ( I could be wrong on the # of lanes but it definately existed) I used to go there as a 8 year old when i 1st started bowling. I wish Springfield would expand more choices in town as far as food choices go. Some establishments choose not to come here also because they dont feel its worth it due to lack of customers. They tried to bring in a blimpies for example not once but twice and both times it failed. Until the downtown gets redeveloped the town will never take off in my opinion.
Shore Girl February 27, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Nothing will ever change!!!!!!!!!!!. But keep paying for studies!!!!!!!
BART FRAENKEL February 27, 2013 at 08:13 PM
The only way anthing will change is if the property owners are willing to invest in their properties. And to do so, they have every right to want their investments to generate additional revenue for them, since the existing properties are currently generating revenue despite their condition. The governing body has to be wililng to allow property owners to build higher (2 stories more) so that additional units can be rented which will result in additional review to justify the outlay made by the owners. And in turn it will create more potential customers for whatever retail businesses decide to locate in town.
CRKnight February 27, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Same goes for the private homes...another level can't hurt. Where's that light rail station for Springfield? How about a small movie theater as well as a bowling alley?
Chrys March 01, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Why can't Downtown be filled with quaint shops, old fashion ice cream parlors with soda fountains and bright decor, charming old fashion dessert & coffee shops with lacey curtains, international cuisine, vintage and antique shops, and perhaps a bowling alley! Township should capitalize on the historical influence Springfield has had in the American Revolutionary War. Let's go from the "forgotten victory" to achieving recognition as a town full of charm. Leave the big business ideas for the Rt. 22 traffic and develop a cohesive plan that invites neighboring towns to spend their $$ here. Take some ideas from Lambertville and towns like it. http://www.lambertville.org
Sharon Davis Katz March 02, 2013 at 01:04 AM
BRAVO, Chrys !!! Many years back, the township comm. would not allow new buildings to be designed/built WITHOUT colonial architecture. In addition, this same township comm. did NOT allow neon signs!!!! Our town is now a mish mash with no theme or direction. If our leaders could not lead or continue to enforce ordinances designed to continue a 'colonial' look, how can we change it now without major architectural expenses? Easily, Morris Ave could have copied the architecture of Palmer Square, with stores and apartments etc. We have the actual area where our Militia stopped the invading British; thus thwarting their attempt to capture Washington in Morristown. This "Forgotten Victory" changed the course of revolutionary events. We should have capitalized on this years ago with a park etc. It is directly behind where the new Italian Hot Dog restaurant is located. How about the small cemetery bordering the shopping center? Jonathan Dayton is buried there. There is so much rich history in this town that is totally ignored. The Hessian soldiers camped and died on Meisel/Riverside. Sadly, not even our children are taught the history of Springfield. Thanks to our historical society, at least, we still have the Cannon Ball House. However, few, if any, are aware of the history of the Swain House on So. Springfield Ave. or of the historical residence on Old Coach Road. Charm and pride in or history is certainly lacking.

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