Adviser: Windsor should take proactive approach to retail
May 7, 2018
Katy Press, a retail consultant of KP & Associates, told the Windsor Town Board Monday night the traditional definition of retail is shifting and the town needs to get ahead of the changes.
Grocery stores and other retail stores are having to change the way they build and maintain their businesses, Press said, because so many people are shopping online.
Rather than encouraging those types of businesses to come to Windsor, or approving incentives for the businesses as they come to town board as a reaction to the request, Press said the town should develop a vision for different areas and encourage developers to come in to fill the specific vision.
Without a vision, Press said, the town could miss out on some retail opportunities.
"Never has your role been important to defining where your community's going to go," she said.
Her assertions came out of a retail study the town board initially approved in 2016, according to a memo to the board from Stacy Johnson, the director of economic development for the town. Johnson said the final phase of the study, which was Press's interpretation of data collected in 2016, was put on hold because the changes to the retail market brought on partially by internet shopping.
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Press discussed four different intersections, including Colo. 392 and Weld County Road 15, Colo. 392 and Colo. 257, I-25 and Colo. 392 and Crossroads Boulevard and Fairgrounds Avenue.
They all have potential, she said, to be mixed-use and creative retail areas, but the town should take an active role in negotiating incentive packages that would fit the town's vision and needs of the community.