“We need more local businesses to attract people to come downtown,” said Elizabeth Garcia, owner of My Best Friend’s Closet, 821 N. Central Ave. “Many people don’t even know we are here. Some only come downtown for the parades and events. I know many people like to do one-stop shopping, and if they don’t know what’s downtown, they go elsewhere.”
Could this be a simple case of needing more aggressive advertising, or is it something else? Are there enough amenities downtown to attract people to support local businesses?
“I think advertising is key to have people shop local,” Garcia said. “Not just advertise within the downtown area, but throughout Tracy and in nearby cities. Also, bring in an anchor store that will help bring people downtown.”
I personally think shopping locally is the key to helping preserve our town as we know it and keeping our tax dollars right here.
What are your thoughts? Could downtown Tracy become the destination spot in 2014?
• Anne Marie Fuller is the host of the television show “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie,” which can be seen locally on Channel 26. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.