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What Businesses Can Enumclaw Use?

Types of businesses that Enumclaw is missing

While Enumclaw appears to be saturated with hair studios and latte stands, I think there are businesses that we are missing that we could actually use. How about creating a list of ideas that if done right, might work well to meet our communities needs and make a profit for the owner?

So how about:

An Elephant car wash or similar caliber car wash at a reasonable price?

A bakery for tourists and residents? Black Diamond has two!

A large, clean, progressive fitness center?

Or maybe a Wendy's restaurant?

What do you think?

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Susan Etchey January 29, 2013 at 05:50 PM
What ocurred to me as soon as I moved to Enumclaw and perused the Historic downtown area with all it's fun, funky and upcale shops, Arts Alive! and the bookstore, the coffee shops, its ice cream shop and eateries, was how few places there are that really entertain children. Although we wish to draw treasure hunters and tourists to our main street, not many young kids have patience while moms and dads look through antiques, collectible and gift stores. So I had imagined that the old Indian books store on the corner of Cole and Griffin could be a great place for a children's toy store with a clown or other children entertainers appearing on weekends, even a place where a child can learn to make a puppet or a stuffed bear. Getting families to visit downtown needs to be a priority!
Susan Etchey January 29, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Another thing. I am a walker and I live on Myrtle just three blocks from Cole Street and it is aggravating I have to walk 6 blocks to a chain store to buy paper towels or some toilet paper, juice, a few snacks or bread and jam. I wish there was at least one convenience store (A dollar store) off of Battersby and Cole or somewhere at this end of town near the Post Office.
dexterjibs January 30, 2013 at 03:04 AM
I know I will draw the ire of people, but we need a Walmart, Fred Meyer or some other multi-national flagship store to draw people in. You see taillights in the morning from all the people leaving for work. People go shopping in Bonney Lake or Auburn because there is more choices at a reasonable price. The next city that Enumclaw citizens will go shopping at is Black Diamond. They will have a bigger city in the next 5 years than Enumclaw due to the big housing development going in. Enumclaw missed out on the growth of the 90's and early 2000's. In an effort to protect the small downtown business owner, Enumclaw has kept big business out. Now, people don't want to shop here and the small business owners that were being protected, are now going out of business.
Hoke Overland January 31, 2013 at 04:42 AM
As much as I don't like to agree with the concept, I do. A large "draw" business incorporated into downtown would help everybody. People establish shopping patterns and are attracted to where there are choices. That is why shoe stores and other store cluster.That is why groups of restaurants do well and like being near each other. Personally, I like the idea of a Fred Meyer and I dont think it is too late for that. Maybe they could use their QFC property and angle one entrance right onto Cole. Imagine a huge draw in that part of downtown.
JT Fangio January 31, 2013 at 11:30 AM
I don't think a Freddy's would work in town. There are already Fred Meyers in Bonney Lake and the Four Corners. Over saturation is not condusive to the bottom line. Could Enumclaw support a medium size Outlet Center? We have numerous restaurants, coffee houses, and specialty stores to make the downtown an all day destination for out of town (and local) shoppers. What do you think?
Hoke Overland February 01, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Well maybe an Outlet Center. I still think that a Fred Meyer might work. Sumner has one and we might even have a little more population. We have 20,000 in the 98022 zip code (city and county) and Buckley also might have another 5000 people. 25,000 just might do it for one of their smaller profile stores.

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