Sarah McKenzie

Retail Roundtable: Is Downtown struggling?

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Is Saks Fifth Avenue's pending departure a bellwether of Downtown retail's health?

The fashion-concious Gaviidae Common anchor's January closing has raised concerns about the shopping scene's vitality.

Some retail observers, however, paint a more optimistic picture and predict new stores catering to Downtown workers and residents who value convenience and good deals.

For instance, City Center, one of Downtown's largest and least-filled shopping centers, is in the midst of a major overhaul to attract a new breed of stores focused on basic services.

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