GREENVILLE REPRESENTED AT RETAIL SHOW
The city of Greenville continued its pursuit of new businesses earlier this week at a two-day retail show in Chicago. City Manager Dave Willey attended the International Council of Shopping Centers’ “alliance program” on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Willey says it’s a chance for communities and retailers to court one another. The show features workshops, round tables, and trade shows in which communities attempt to attract retailers and retailers look for locations. The city manager pointed out that it’s a great opportunity to meet several retailers in a single location rather than traveling across the country.
Willey says while each community touts the benefits of opening in their town, the key is making a good match. Often the demographics or spending habits of potential customers eliminate towns from contention for a retailer.
Willey talked to WGEL about Greenville’s shopping list which includes a restaurant, shopping experiences currently not available, and an apparel store different than any Greenville has today. He said the show allowed him the huge advantage of seeing the marketing materials other communities use. Willey says this will be helpful in Greenville developing its own marketing plan.
Another meeting is scheduled for May and Willey anticipates that Greenville will be represented again. The city had earlier contracted with the Buxton Company to provide data necessary in attracting retailers.
FFA AUCTION IS MONDAY
Over thirty-five members of the Greenville FFA chapter will be on the auction block Monday night. The annual Chapter Work Auction is a fundraiser for Greenville FFA field trips, conventions, and other activities.
Chapter advisor Steve Zimmerman told WGEL that students are sold for an eight-hour work day and are bid upon by the hour. For instance, a winning bid of $20 per hour would equal $160 for the entire work day. A free pulled pork dinner is offered prior to the auction in the GHS cafeteria.
Zimmerman said each buyer will then work out the arrangements with the student concerning the job they’ll do. The complimentary dinner is served at 6pm followed by the auction at 7:30pm.