Turning Easton’s Alpha Building into Apartments Would Be a Boost for Neighborhood Retail

Turning the Alpha building’s upper floors into apartments or condos would bring some much-needed population growth downtown, which could support more of the types of service businesses people want, like grocery stores and pharmacies and all the rest. What all those businesses are looking for is a large enough customer base nearby to make money.

The more people you have living downtown, the more built-in customers these stores can count on, and the more you’re going to see the remaining empty storefronts getting leased by neighborhood-serving retailers alongside the more regional draws like restaurants.

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