Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Limited economic impact of Redskins training camp on Richmond business

So says the Richmond Times-Dispatch ("Redskins training camp’s boost for local businesses is minimal").  The article says that businesses directly proximate to the training camp are seeing a significant uptick in business, but businesses a few blocks away are not. From the article:

A few people have been stopping by after the afternoon practices, she said, but so far signs and ads on local sports radio haven’t brought out big numbers of fans. Monique Pecora, who had her food truck parked at Hardywood on Thursday, said she’d heard from other trucks that business had been very slow during lunch. The group of food trucks decided to scale back and have just one vendor on site during lunch.

Interestingly, some locally owned businesses are complaining that the Redskins' focus on relationships with national restaurant chains interferes with their ability to gain business, and they point out that Richmond city meals tax revenues are being used in part to subsidize the training camp ("Council members question Redskins' cost increase," Richmond Times-Dispatch), so they are getting dissed. From the first article:

Fans attending training camp are allowed to bring in food and non-alcoholic beverages. There are three on-site food options: Famous Dave’s, Johnny Rockets and Papa John’s. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder owned Johnny Rockets until June, when his private equity firm, Red Zone Capital Management, announced it would sell the burger chain to Sun Capital Partners.

The decision to work with three national chains isn’t sitting well with some local restaurateurs.

Jake Crocker, who owns F.W. Sullivan’s and three other restaurants in the Fan, with a fifth opening downtown in a few months, said his lunch business has been down at all four of his restaurants.

“The city failed to mention that we helped fund this with our meals tax payments,” he said. “These projects seem like they’ll be great, but they don’t generate business because there is food on-site. I can’t believe we’ve got national chains in a facility built with taxpayer money.”

The difficulty in balancing local interests vs. team interests is evident.  Thank goodness DC didn't give away a bunch of land and money for this (see the past blog entry "Unstrategy for economic development in DC").

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At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

VG is typical of the older guys around Barry in that he sees sports arenas and major expenditures that line the pockets of his friends as the way for the city to go. Not all sports deals are bad- especially when they are run by owners who have loyalty to the city- Abe Pollin was one of these rare birds- but I was not impressed at all by how the city handled the baseball stadium deal and how they tricked and coerced local proerty owners and others out of their land and efforts to make that area a better place. The city should have done more for these cultural institutions instead of hostile takeover tactics. To be fair some of this was Williams fault and he was operating under more difficulty than present day mayors but still it showed high handedness and lack of fairness.

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

I agree.


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