Walking around our neighborhood, it’s clear that small businesses are hurting. Some are leaving, while other spaces have stayed vacant for years on end.
We investigated the exact health of the North Beach Commercial District by conducting a Vacancy Report with other neighborhood groups this summer. We found that the vacancy rate was over 10% - more than double it’s rate in 2015.
Read the 2018 North Beach Vacancy Study.
We need to find a way to keep our neighborhood unique, but also to attract new businesses. Vacant storefronts hurt all of us.
To that end, we asked for your help. We distributed a “New Business” Survey, which invited you to share what you most want to see in the neighborhood. You told us what was missing, and how North Beach could have a more vibrant business community.
Read the full New Business Survey results.
•The most in-demand categories for new businesses were Grocery Stores, Speciality Food Stores, and Food Halls.
•The 5 specific stores you most want to see are Whole Foods, Bi-Rite, Souvla, Mixt Greens, and Blue Barn.
• 78% of you
What’s next? We’re continuing to have discussions with elected officials, city departments, and other neighborhood groups to share what we’ve learned and pursue solutions that bring life back to our vacant spaces.
You’re invited to help. Join us at one of our upcoming Community Meetings, and make sure you’re signed up for our Newsletter.