(Middlebury, VT) The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) and the Town of Middlebury have launched a retail market study in partnership with Arnett Muldrow & Associates, an economic development and marketing firm out of Greenville, South Carolina. The project kicked off in March with a preliminary visit to the community and will continue with a zip code survey and in-depth market analysis. Results from the zip code survey, comments from the public, and an in-depth market analysis will ultimately serve as the foundation for retail strategies as the community moves forward in business retention and recruitment. The project will also aid in implementing the Town Plan, which calls for this conversation, and inform Town leaders as they consider new zoning regulations.
The goal of the study is to determine what kind of retail is desirable and feasible for Middlebury and what opportunities exist to fill gaps in the market while maintaining Middlebury’s character. Public participation will play a vital role in the success of this project, and BMP President Ben Wilson emphasized the need to have broad community involvement. “The more people who participate, the better,” said Wilson. “We want to get all viewpoints on the table – everyone should have a voice in the Future of Retail in Middlebury Study.” To engage the public, the community is invited to attend the first of two public presentations on April 29 at the Ilsley Library. The meeting will be an opportunity to learn about Middlebury demographics and ask questions about national trends in retail as they pertain to the future of retail in Middlebury. The meeting will be held at 5:00 PM and is open to the public. Snacks and childcare will be provided.
Tripp Muldrow, President of Arnett Muldrow & Associates, also stresses the importance of public input. “We would like everyone in the greater Middlebury area to weight in with their thoughts and ideas.” A survey has been created to reach as many citizens as possible, and the community is invited to access it online at middretailfuture.org.
Share your opinions about the future of Middlebury retail through this survey.
Arnett Muldrow has extensive experience in Vermont. They have worked on similar projects in Barre, Brandon, Brattleboro, Burlington, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, Waitsfield, Warren, and Waterbury. This project is being funded by the BMP, Town of Middlebury, Orton Family Foundation, Walter Cerf Fund, and a Municipal Planning Grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development.
Anybody with questions regarding the Future of Retail Study is encouraged to call (802) 377-2557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org