Comment 73918

By RenaissanceWatcher (registered) | Posted February 07, 2012 at 22:59:58

Rather than spending $650,000 straight away to try to entice a large supermarket chain to set up shop in downtown Hamilton, a helpful and less expensive first step would be for the City of Hamilton Economic Development Department to conduct or commission a survey of existing downtown residents plus people who have committed to purchasing condo units being constructed in the downtown area to gauge the demand and preferred location for a large downtown supermarket. It does not need to be an elaborate or lengthy survey. For example, the following nine questions would only take a person one or two minutes to answer:

  1. Do you live in downtown Hamilton now?
  2. If no to question #1, will you be moving to downtown Hamilton within the next three years?
  3. Are you in favour of a new large supermarket in downtown Hamilton?
  4. Where do you do your grocery shopping now?
  5. Would you change your existing grocery shopping patterns to shop at a large downtown supermarket?
  6. What is your ideal location for a downtown supermarket?
  7. Would you shop at a large downtown supermarket even if was not at your ideal location?
  8. What method of transportation would you use to get to and from a large downtown supermarket?
  9. What is your annual household income and family size?

If the survey results indicate a significant, growing demand for a large downtown supermarket, the Economic Development Department could make the report available to existing grocery store operators in Hamilton and large supermarket chains and follow up with any interested parties.

Comment edited by RenaissanceWatcher on 2012-02-07 23:03:42

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