Thanks to everyone who left questions and comments on this blog post. Feel free to keep them coming. Meanwhile, I’m already working on getting answers to some of your questions. Look for these answers to appear on the blog under posts titled “WOYM.”
I’m so appreciative to all the readers who call, email and comment on this blog with tips and questions about whether a business has closed, why there is construction at a particular location, or when a business is opening.
I am constantly talking with business owners, real estate agents, property owners and managers, bankers and officials in the region’s economic development offices and planning and building offices to stay on top of the region’s retail news. I also try to get out of the office to look for changes to our retail landscape.
But it’s impossible to know about everything going on in the region, and your questions and tips often lead to stories, blog posts or news that makes it into the Retail Roundup column.
A great example is last week’s Steak ‘n Shake blog post. Several readers asked why construction hadn’t started, and I was able to get an answer which I posted on the blog. And just yesterday a tip from a reader led me to call the owner of the Market Square North shopping center, at the intersection of Peters Creek and Williamson roads in north Roanoke County. The owner told me that the Double Dragon restaurant space has been for lease since April 1. (He wouldn’t say why or when the restaurant closed).
What else have you been wondering about? Could it be an update to a project you’ve read about here in the past, or maybe it’s something you drive by every day on your way to work?
I can’t promise to look into every question or tip, but I’ll do my best.