to stores to go on, says downtown authority team
Development Authority board members say the agency will continue to
showcase the properties and pluses of Miami's central business district
across the nation in order to attract more enterprise.
they have seen positive results, the board will extend membership
in the International Council of Shopping Centers. The council opens
access to trade shows and exposure to retail chains nationwide.
$30,000 annual budget for membership will allow the authority to promote
downtown Miami and its merchants in Orlando, Las Vegas, Atlanta and
the Carolinas, said Yoshua Sal Behar, the agency's downtown logistics
City of Miami dedicates an additional $30,000 a year, she said.
the past three years, membership in the shopping center council and
participation in its shows has brought in a number of merchants, according
to downtown officials. The new stores include Dots, a moderately priced
outlet with eight employees and about $950,000 in annual sales; Rave,
with equivalent sales and six employees, and Rainbow Fashions, a third
moderately priced clothing and shoe store that moved into the old
McCrory's building, bringing eight employees.
year, Quiznoz Deli is expected to move into a space on Southeast Third
are happy that they're in downtown Miami. And they're all doing well,"
Mr. Behar said. "These are national stores. They're doing the
business that should be done downtown."
the past three years, authority representatives have made more than
80 presentations to potential retailers, Mr. Behar said.
given out every piece of material we've taken with us. We always invite
retailers and developers to come to the DDA when they're in the Miami
area. We've had more than 35 visitors to whom we've given presentations."
City of Miami is willing to go halves with us to finance this. We
have great incentives, such as the empowerment zone," said Miami
Commissioner Willy Gort, the authority's chairman.
important to introduce potential retailers to downtown Miami, he said,
praising the efforts of Mr. Behar and the downtown authority.
national companies don't make decisions easily and the value of their
good word lends credibility to whatever else is happening in the city,"
Mr. Gort said.