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Large-Scale Retail Developers shunning Downtown

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The Dispatch wrote Retailers shunning Downtown

Monday, April 7, 2008

BY MIKE PRAMIK

During a forum last week presented by the local chapter of the Urban Land Institute, developers Don Casto and Frank Kass painted a bleak picture of Downtown’s retail fortunes.

What has happened to the city’s Downtown retail base is apparent but not easily fixed, the developers say. As the city ponders what to do with its retail crypt called Columbus City Center, those whose job is to recruit retailers say they can’t bring them Downtown.

Traditional retailers long ago fled to the suburbs, first to strip centers, then to malls and power centers, and most recently to lifestyle centers. They’re there for the foreseeable future.

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