And now, here is an actual newspaper article from Columbus boasting about how the city’s new hockey arena prompted the opening of a 1300-square-foot convenience store:
“That’s the ideal tenant for that space,” said retail analyst Chris Boring, principal at Boulevard Strategies. “They’re not just filling space.”
With so many visitors, office workers and residents within a block or two of Nationwide Arena and the nearby Greater Columbus Convention Center, “it’s a no-brainer,” Boring said. “There are all kinds of places to eat and drink in the Arena District, but what if you just want a candy bar or a bottle of water? There’s really no place right now for that.”
In related news, the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview just sold another $16 million worth of bonds to help pay off its money-losing Chicago Fire MLS stadium, but this year a new gas station opened nearby.