Lately in an installment of this column, I requested for your ideas on new firms —restaurants and retail outlets primarily — that you truly feel Clarksville desires, or demands more of.
I also questioned for your input on exactly where they must be found in the neighborhood.
The feedback was overwhelming, and which is a extremely superior matter.
There is no way all of the responses I obtained by email, mobile phone, and on social media could in good shape into the room I have for this 1 column, or even in an full newspaper. There have been practically hundreds.
But there were some fairly common themes I observed in seeking by means of your responses, so I’ll consider as most effective I can to convey a wide representation:
So numerous of you, for case in point, want Clarksville to get a location of the Costco chain. The membership warehouse club is some thing that you truly feel we want, and are worthy of in Clarksville, and there are a lot of of you who are driving into the Nashville location just to store Costco.
Dr. Mac Edington of Clarksville, for illustration, phoned in to say Costco tops his list. “We’ve obtained to have just one. Where by? I don’t definitely treatment. There are some good locations readily available, and Costco is an awesome enterprise.”
You might be also telling me both in expanding numbers and frequency that we have to have Total Food items and Trader Joe’s in Clarksville.
Full Foodstuff is preferred for its local and natural and organic meals picks, and Trader Joe’s is regarded for its variety of appealing and exceptional goods that are examined, and aren’t branded like common grocers.
In that vein, Sprouts Farmers Marketplace also will get a whole lot of Clarksvillians’ votes as a grocer with pure choices that would do effectively right here.
Augusta Brinley, for illustration, wrote in stating she wants a Trader Joe’s in Clarksville, moreover, “a good Thai cafe, and TJ Maxx Home Goods Keep, which is a more substantial, far better version of the conventional TJ Maxx.”
Listed here are some other responses I received:
“I would love to see a good, upscale and tranquil Italian and steak restaurant in the Madison Road spot,” claimed Dr. Mike Carrigan. “I regret, however, that we almost certainly don’t have the cash flow and populace density there nonetheless.”
Carrigan is hoping the downtown Clarksville multipurpose functions center now underneath development will “further more gas eateries and cozy mom-and-pop specialized niche retailers in downtown.
“A Bass Professional Shop (possibly the place the previous Sears retail store was positioned in Governor’s Sq. Mall) and price reduction outlets for the major upscale shops would be nice also. I just marvel if traditional shopping mall retailing will even survive as we know it?”
Myrna Moore of Clarksville thinks there is a ideal area for a Costco retail store across from what would possible be its foremost competitor in town, Sam’s Wholesale Club around Exit 4.
She also would like a grocery retail store near Interstate 24 Exit 1, incorporating, “There is no grocery retail store within just five miles.” If given a preference, she’d like that Exit 1 grocer to be a second Clarksville location of Aldi’s, which is at the moment identified on Fort Campbell Boulevard.
Other chain dining places that numerous of you explain to me you would like to see contain, for example, McAlister’s Deli, Crimson Robin, Mellow Mushroom, PF Chang, Another Damaged Egg Cafe, Bob Evans, Carraba’s Italian Grill, and TGI Fridays.
But your preferences and preferences are also commonly various, and vary primarily based on these aspects as age.
“A lot of us older folks take pleasure in place buffets,” wrote Mike and Betty Coghill. “We appreciated Ponderosa and Hungry Farmer below in the past. It would be terrific to have a buffet in the Riverside Push space — possibly at the previous Shoney’s area.
“One more restaurant that would be excellent to have in Clarksville is Sticky Fingers, a incredibly realistic barbecue cafe. There are two or a few of these in the Chattanooga region,” they stated.
Katie Dyke would like to see Clarksville’s shopping mall scene overhauled, and has a lengthy listing of retailers on her desire record.
“A lovely outdoor shopping mall-type buying center with stores and eating places is what I might like,” Dyke explained.
Maryann Carroll thinks Clarksville is ready for a Macy’s keep and she suggests a Tanger Outlet Shopping mall would be a massive hit right here.
If you are looking through this posting and you are a corporate scout representing any of the companies named right here, I can individually attest to the point that you have a likely rewarding customer base in this community — if you didn’t previously know that.
Rely on me, I listen to the pleas. And with the Montgomery County populace heading towards 250,000, really feel no cost to soar in. The water’s wonderful.
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