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I would like to make the following comments regarding possible actions to be considered by our County Council.
The retail stores in Los Alamos now provide a significant amount of the basic needs and desires of the community. For whatever else is desired, we go elsewhere. The council seems to be bent on providing more retail space. Is this necessary? What kind of businesses will be willing to take the risk? What have we learned from the fact that the town has lost two shoe stores, two sporting goods stores, two drug stores and several others in the recent past due to lack of demand? Many existing spaces are empty and available right now. Do we want more?
Because of all the new retail stores that the county is proposing (Trinity Site, DP Road, etc.), one has to wonder: Is the council motivated by need, greed, or something else? What specific kinds of retail does the council believe we need that would survive?
The $1,000 question is: Is there a reasonable possibility that there will be sufficient local demand to ensure the success of more retail stores and businesses?
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