Dear Downtown Annapolis Business Owners…

| November 28, 2011 | 7 Comments

Dear Downtown Annapolis Business Owner,

I have seen all of your pretty ads in The Capital and What’s Up magazine.  I have seen some of your online advertising. I have even checked out your websites. You have some pretty cool stuff.  I imagine to pay for all those pretty ads and websites, (not to mention your rent and utilities) you need to sell quite a bit of merchandise.

Too bad no one can buy it.

We have read countless stories about how much of a struggle it is to be in business downtown. Yeah, we know the City is not the easiest to work with, we know it is a high rent district, but if you want to sell something– for crying out loud–be open! 

Why do you think that the Annapolis Towne Centre and Westfield Annapolis are kicking your butts? Because they are open when people want to shop! Now, I am not suggesting that you do that crazy midnight on Thanksgiving thing, but really, why are so few of you open after 5pm or 6pm?

Newsflash: most of your customers have jobs! Getting downtown is difficult.

So, when someone throws you a bone, why do you turn your nose up at it? Is it easier to just complain and go out of business? Are you still waiting for Annapolis Towne Center to offer you free rent and a build out to move? Are you participating in a vast right wing conspiracy to bring back the decay that used to be downtown Annapolis?

If I had to guess, last night there were over 1000 people roaming the streets of downtown Annapolis full of Christmas cheer. The City had just celebrated the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree–and most of  you were nowhere to be found.

So, what do 1000+ people do downtown when all the lights are off and the doors are locked?  They go to the Annapolis Towne Centre or to Westfield Annapolis.  You are that grumpy old guy on Halloween who turns off the lights and hides from the kids!  You certainly cant think that people are thinking it makes more sense to come shop at 2pm mid week are you?  Well?

I have never seen your sales figures, and at times I question if you have. How much do you sell between 9am and noon during a given month?  It seems to me that most people are going to work during those hours–not shopping. How much do you sell between 6pm and 9pm? Maybe you could give it a try. I bet you sell more!

And Market House–this includes you too.

But as you were parking your car in your driveway last night after selling next to nothing, there were 1000 people milling about the City looking for something to do. Too bad you missed it. Here are some photos of your missed opportunity!

 

 

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