If you pay attention closely, you’ll notice that Great Neck doesn’t have what it’s really suppose to have. The economy in Great Neck is so high, in a way, that there are not enough stores open for business. One example is if you look at all the stores in Great Neck, many of them are empty and have signs that say “store for rent.”
The elevator renovations they did awhile back cost $8.9 million. Don’t you think this is too much for elevators?
In the past few months, a couple of stores in Great Neck went out of business, too. Not only is their rent too high, but they keep increasing taxes. If things continue like this, a few years from now, Great Neck will be all empty and there won’t be any stores, restaurants or anything. This is really too much for people, especially in the economic trouble everyone is in. It will become worthless living in Great Neck with nowhere for people to go shopping.
At this moment, Great Neck has the following: two Chase banks, TD bank, Wachovia bank, Capital One bank, Bank of America. Why so many banks in such a town? Don’t you find this strange?
At night, many of the stores and restaurants close really early as well, such as 9 p.m. Commonly, stores and restaurants close either 10 or 11 p.m.
All these are concerns and people don’t get the chance to experience the offering of what Great Neck is suppose to really have.
Hopefully, there are people who see such concerns and will make Great Neck a fair and reasonable economic town so people throughout their neighborhood will be able to experience what Great Neck is all about.
Correction, we have 5 Chase Banks.
Are we all supposed to shop local even though there’s nothing that caters to our needs here?
Are we supposed to shop local just because? How do businesses normally motivate consumers? Lower prices? Better services and products?
Perhaps the market here at Great Neck is changing?
I grew up in Forest Hills. Austin Street and Continental Ave. used to look a lot like Great Neck. Many stores closed after being in business for many decades there. But what came in after them? Shops and stores that cater to the local population needs. They may be big corporate stores but that’s what our local economy is able to support.
How many brick and mortar, mom and pop shops are still open all around the country? Very very rare. These little stores that used to have a store front can all migrate online where the rent is practically ZERO and there’s no endless paperwork and legislation.
We all love the idea of a local store where eveyrone knows our names, the prices are great and service superb and we all contribute to the local tax coffers by shopping there.
Yet, with changing economic climate, changing demographics, and emerging technology, local shopping on Main Street is no longer practical nor necessary.
Perhaps give the market a chance to adopt and open new services oriented businesses that fit the local needs?