Book-less Burgh Redux
News just out is that Joseph Beth is closing it's store over at the South Side works. Well then, what does that say about anything?
There has been a post building up in me for some time, but was reminded of it again recently and now with this it really becomes acute. Seems to me from the last time I was over at the South Side Works that there was an awful lot of retail frontage that was not being used, or being rented for things that are not quite retail? Indirectly I know some folks who have not been able to make a success of retail biz based there. Now with Joseph Beth closing, what does it say about the real demand for retail over there. Remember Joseph Beth was pretty much the anchor store for a while when South Side Works debuted, but they downsized their space last year was it? So given that the whole project, which was an amazing piece of brownfield redevelopment in and of itself, was so highly subsidized to get to where it is... is it a success? Discuss.