At 30,000 population how many independent businesses will last?
Will these survive or stick around for higher taxes?
- Midhurst Coffee House,
- Linda’s Restaurant,
- Life’s a Slice Pizza,
- Elements Salon & Spa,
- Ye Olde General Store,
- Northland Tool Rental & Sales,
- GP Masonry, or
- Currie Truck Centre.
- Tim Hortons,
- Pizza Pizza,
- Mac’s Convenience Store, or
- Stephenson’s Rental.
Some of the existing ones are moving out. Some are staying as a real estate investment.
And others are hoping on hope that 10 times the population base with a healthy household income will go unnoticed by the franchise headquarters. The chains appreciate the existing independents’ efforts to establish local shopping habits within their (the chain’s) marketing area. Re-sale value of existing businesses?: not so much with the Midhurst Secondary Plan because of its use as a competitor magnet.
The consequences will be dealt with by another set of politicians on township council, which is a benefit to those now serving.
- Positive: Midhurst residents will have to drive less far for more McJobs.
- Not so Positive: spike of independent business failures.
Those in authority frequently say they love local businesses.