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Posted on June 30, 2016 at 9:54 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
This week COR Development, the owners of the Towne Center (plaza), announced that Home Goods, Michaels, Bath and Body Works, along with Five Below, will be opening in the plaza late this fall. This is good news for the Webster community right before the start of the Christmas season as it is another reason to stay in Webster to do your holiday shopping.
As we all know, stores move out of plazas and new stores move in all the time. This is called corporate America making business decisions based on their bottom line. Just six months ago you would have thought Webster was going to be a ghost town without any shopping left as Jo Ann Fabrics and Bed Bath and Beyond announced they were leaving Towne Center. Social media went crazy and there were all kinds of theories about their leaving like the rent was too high, the taxes where to high, and that Webster was not a good place to do business. None of these theories was correct and nothing could be farer from the truth.
Webster is still a growing community in its residential and business development. While some residents do not like to hear that, Webster continues to be one of the fastest growing towns in Monroe County because of its close proximity to Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay. Webster has low town taxes for a town that has a police department, a good school system, and the affordability of homes for many age groups from new family start up homes to senior living.
Webster residents who jump on social media with these wild theories every time a store is closing or something comes to town that they do not like, need to understand that this type of negative conversation hurts the Webster community as a whole. I am all about being positive and bringing out the good in the community. These unfounded rumors result in negative conversations that turn in to being untruthful and we as a town cannot undo the hurt it causes the community.
Changes in the business climate happen all the time and we as a town must ride out the ups and downs of the national economy. I am in contact with the owners of the three major plazas here in Webster all the time and continue to hear that Webster is a good landing spot for many businesses looking to expand. I was informed last December that these new stores where coming to Towne Center, but I was asked not to announce this to the community for many different reasons. This is why I become frustrated reading social media about all the problems with the plaza by uninformed residents that do nothing but spread information that is not correct.
Keep in mind that in many instances the “truth” that you may hear from an employee of a store may not be 100% factual information. The real people who make these decisions are at that store’s corporate headquarters and believe me when I say that they do not make announcements unless they have analyzed everything from rent, to taxes, to operating costs, to employee costs, and the profit they expect to make for the corporation.
So, as I say each week at the closing of my column, if you have a question, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at email@example.com, and I will get you the correct information.
Ronald W. Nesbitt