Unclear fate for downtown shops

Unclear fate for downtown shops

There are 64 comments on the North Adams Transcript story from Jul 18, 2009, titled Unclear fate for downtown shops. In it, North Adams Transcript reports that:

The closing of Moulton's General Store in August will be a blow to the downtown but many downtown merchants expressed confidence Friday that their businesses will continue to do well, while others were less optimistic.

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really

Northampton, MA

#1 Jul 18, 2009
It's silly to think that Moultons closing will affect other stores. There were stores before they came,
and there will be store when they leave.
dan

Wynantskill, NY

#2 Jul 18, 2009
A dollar a day just for parking is a lot!
A new Main St

Clockville, NY

#3 Jul 18, 2009
Do you people realize we just about have no Main St. left.Have you noticed the only thing open on sunday is Radio Shack. I have to agree with Moultons answer the citys owner is not buisness friendly that is very true.How are you going to keep a buisness going when you can,t comunicate with the little guy.(it,s his way or no way).
hey idiot

Lenox, MA

#4 Jul 18, 2009
A new Main St wrote:
Do you people realize we just about have no Main St. left.Have you noticed the only thing open on sunday is Radio Shack. I have to agree with Moultons answer the citys owner is not buisness friendly that is very true.How are you going to keep a buisness going when you can,t comunicate with the little guy.(it,s his way or no way).
Are you stupid or what? Now it is he Mayor's fault that Carver and Scarfoni own 70% of the south side of the street? They can charge whatever they want for rent like it or not. And read the article the city has invested heavily in the downtown and millions has been invested by private investors. Moulton's and the rest of the small timers want us taxpayers to subsidize their lousy stores. You people make me sick.
really

Easthampton, MA

#5 Jul 18, 2009
For over 20 years, people who've closed small businesses on Main St have said the same thing. It's up to us to shop local businesses. If we don't like what they sell, or can find it cheaper elsewhere, then so be it. Businesses will close.
A new Main St

Clockville, NY

#6 Jul 18, 2009
hey idiot wrote:
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Are you stupid or what? Now it is he Mayor's fault that Carver and Scarfoni own 70% of the south side of the street? They can charge whatever they want for rent like it or not. And read the article the city has invested heavily in the downtown and millions has been invested by private investors. Moulton's and the rest of the small timers want us taxpayers to subsidize their lousy stores. You people make me sick.
AND YET ANOTHER BATTETT SUCK BUT GOD BLESS YOU .S sucking his but will get you nowhere.
anon

Clockville, NY

#7 Jul 18, 2009
Credit where credit is due. This is actually a pretty decently written article with multiple points of view and grasp on the facts. I noticed that it was written by a former Transcript reporter. Somebody must be on that forced furlough that New England Newspapers implemented.
Pretty Simple

Easthampton, MA

#8 Jul 18, 2009
really wrote:
It's silly to think that Moultons closing will affect other stores. There were stores before they came,
and there will be store when they leave.
What? Any store that has a following and closes will affect other stores. That is not silly!

Because people who would have ordinarily traveled downtown to patronize Moulton's won't be window shopping and, thus, won't be entering other stores and make impulse purchases, the other stores will definitely be affected. It's pretty simple economics.

The only question is, how much will Moulton's closing affect other businesses?
Interested Outsider

Easthampton, MA

#9 Jul 18, 2009
hey idiot wrote:
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Are you stupid or what? Now it is he Mayor's fault that Carver and Scarfoni own 70% of the south side of the street? They can charge whatever they want for rent like it or not. And read the article the city has invested heavily in the downtown and millions has been invested by private investors. Moulton's and the rest of the small timers want us taxpayers to subsidize their lousy stores. You people make me sick.
Another Barrett supporter with a NY isp. And so it goes.
no net lose

Pittsfield, MA

#10 Jul 18, 2009
Pretty Simple wrote:
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What? Any store that has a following and closes will affect other stores. That is not silly!
Because people who would have ordinarily traveled downtown to patronize Moulton's won't be window shopping and, thus, won't be entering other stores and make impulse purchases, the other stores will definitely be affected. It's pretty simple economics.
The only question is, how much will Moulton's closing affect other businesses?
moulton's closing will have ZERO negative impact on other businesses in the main st. district. if anything, it will have a slight positive affect for any business that chooses to fill what little product/service void created by their departure.
Pretty Simple

Easthampton, MA

#11 Jul 18, 2009
no net lose wrote:
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moulton's closing will have ZERO negative impact on other businesses in the main st. district. if anything, it will have a slight positive affect for any business that chooses to fill what little product/service void created by their departure.
Did you study economics? I did. And what I learned contradicts everything that you just said.

Talk about negative impact. Your comments are full of it.(Double entendre intended.)
economist

Lenox, MA

#12 Jul 18, 2009
Pretty Simple wrote:
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Did you study economics? I did. And what I learned contradicts everything that you just said.
Talk about negative impact. Your comments are full of it.(Double entendre intended.)
Yeh right. Never saw two economist agree on anything. You are very wrong on this one. They failed at pizza and that store is now doing well. Whoever replaces them, and there will be someone, will succeed. You may be an economist but there is no doubt you're unemployed.
pretty simple minded

Easthampton, MA

#13 Jul 18, 2009
Main Street does not have a lot of businesses. Most people I know did not shop Moultons. Simple economics dictate to sell what people want, at a price they can afford. Moultons did neither.Economics 101
prityfine

New Britain, CT

#14 Jul 18, 2009
i agree the writing on this article was quite decent. nice to get that quality back.
joe-north adams

Ashfield, MA

#15 Jul 18, 2009
pretty simple minded wrote:
Main Street does not have a lot of businesses. Most people I know did not shop Moultons. Simple economics dictate to sell what people want, at a price they can afford. Moultons did neither.Economics 101
i agree, this isn't the mayors problem,,,it's the times we are in...and i feel it's going to get worse before it gets better, the president and the representation have are taxing us big time, very soon....lets see how this plays out for all of us...

Since: May 09

Clifton Park, NY

#16 Jul 18, 2009
no net lose wrote:
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moulton's closing will have ZERO negative impact on other businesses in the main st. district. if anything, it will have a slight positive affect for any business that chooses to fill what little product/service void created by their departure.
Saying it will have ZERO negative impact is as ridiculous as saying it will have a DRAMATIC impact on the rest of the downtown businesses.
It may not have a dramatic impact on other small businesses, like my own, but it definitely will have a negative impact.

I don't think it will have much impact with everyone's local customer base, but I do think it will affect us negatively in the portion of our sales that come from tourists.

Local customers are the heart and soul of most of our small businesses, but tourists make up a portion of our sales, too.Every sale counts.

My store is near the Mohawk at the end of Main St. and the more closed or vacant storefronts between the route 8 start of Main street and our shop is all the more reason for a visitor to simply turn around and head back to route 8. THAT affects my business and businesses on Eagle street.

At least in the summer and fall we have DownStreet Art galleries to help keep interest and momentum moving people through the downtown.

To all our customers, thank you!

To everyone that is complaining that there is nothing you want downtown, please expound on this! Don't just say there is nothing you want. Tell us what you WANT to see. Share your ideas of the types of businesses you WOULD support.

Opening a business can be incredible intimidating, and risky. If you don't want to do it yourself, at least help other potential business operators out by giving them an idea of what you think would be successful.

Most of our small businesses were started because we did(and do) think we are meeting a need, or filling a void we felt had potential to succeed.
anon

Clockville, NY

#17 Jul 18, 2009
no net lose wrote:
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moulton's closing will have ZERO negative impact on other businesses in the main st. district. if anything, it will have a slight positive affect for any business that chooses to fill what little product/service void created by their departure.
If you don't understand the damage that perception causes, rather than simple supply and demand, you really need to crack a text book.
dumps

Clockville, NY

#18 Jul 18, 2009
how about them dumps on eagle street ! can,t you even put a paint job on them .they should have torn down them dumps a long time ago.you walk by them and you can smell the wood rotting .most of them are always emtyand no one ever lives in them upstairs.store fronts what joke when is it going to be time to upgrade theses dumpsor rip them down .
prityfine

New Britain, CT

#20 Jul 18, 2009
You are a smart, well-intentioned woman Suzy Helme but don't hold your breath waiting for an answer to what the people want. You'll get some vaguaries about "affordable" this or that. One problem that no one wants to talk about: pay scale in these parts. It isn't good. People who work for minimum wage or slightly higher just don't have disposable income. I once saw a price tag of $25 on a child's wooden puzzle in a downtown store. The puzzle came from a top-notch company and I have no doubt that the wholesale price was steep, but I'm asking you outright: do you really believe most of the people in the Northern Berkshires can pay $25 for one wooden puzzle?
pretty simple minded

Northampton, MA

#21 Jul 18, 2009
My store is near the Mohawk
at the end of Main St. and the more closed or vacant storefronts between the route 8 start of Main street and our shop is all the more reason for a visitor to simply turn around and head back to route 8. THAT affects my business and businesses on Eagle street.

Suzy,

A lot of the storefronts were empty when you opened your store. Main & Eagle have had issues attracting customers since the 80's. Didn't you do your homework before you opened your store? Did you sit on Main Street and average the foot traffic on a daily basis? I'm talking people shopping, not going to the banks. I don't anticipate shopping your store, but I do wish you well.

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