Now, well, we have two empty stores, buses are fewer, and frankly Roy hasn't put a whole lot into it aside from the paint job a couple of years ago. Gotta love the stop sign that has faded to white on the exit on to Northway by the visitor's center.
Nice, Joe. Half-empty again.
Does Roy still own the entire Village Center? Wasn't bought when Reader's Digest bought the Publishing arm of the business? I guess without the publishing business to offer free advertising, and the editorial prerogative to talk up the village at every turn, is it any wonder that the bus traffic to the village center has fallen off?
We really need to embrace the fact that times change. A lot of the stores in the village right now are "luxury" stores. I mean: how many angels or birdhouses does a body need? And you can thank the Wal-Mart mentality for the fact that many residents will drive to Hwy 100 & Layton to buy practical things that could be purchased at a somewhat higher cost in the other shops in the village. I wonder how the National Bakery is doing? I try to shop there, but it's hard to see how much difference a loaf a week is going to make.... I am pretty sure that, even if we could entice a grocery or hardware store to return to the village center, I bet they wouldn't be able to make a go of it, because people think they are saving $$ when they drive to Menards or Pick & Save.
That being said, would the village maybe be better off to give up on trying to get shops in the village center, and allow at least a portion of the area to be converted to housing? At least it wouldn't be vacant....