Friday, October 4, 2013
The merchants in the 700 block of Front Street will meet Monday afternoon to discuss the future of that portion of the Downtown area after the Sept. 25 fire.
In particular, the owners of the businesses that were not destroyed by the fire want to make sure they are able to stay in business.
“For those of us presently open, it’s already painfully apparent that our businesses are and will continue to suffer greatly as a result of the recent fire,” a flier announcing the meeting states.
Brian Tucker, president of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and Sam Hodge, director of Georgetown County Emergency Management will be speaking about the status of the 700 block and the plans for the future
“We can’t afford to let the rest of the 700 block go dark,” Tucker is quoted as saying.
Organizers are asking the business owners to bring a list of questions, concerns and suggestions to immediately stimulate traffic in the 700 block.
“It’s impossible to sell anything to non-existent shoppers. Visitors and locals are still confused as to whether our end of the street is open for business due to the existing fencing and the continuing presence of emergency vehicles and personnel,” the flier states. “We have lost many of the magnet businesses which formerly drew people to the 700 block. We need to figure out how we’re going to replace those magnets so we have crowded sidewalks again on our end of Front Street; and also learn what the future holds regarding reconstruction, parking and other issues.”
The meeting is at 5 p.m. Monday at The Coffee Break Café.