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BAD FOR BUSINESS?
A Maine-based retailer claims Portland is developing a bad reputation.
It all goes back to Hooters.

You'll remember late last summer, a local bar owner wanted to license part of his downtown space to the popular chain restaurant.

But, city councilors said, "no," going so far as to pass an ordinance barring any further formula businesses in many parts of the city.

Now, Cadillac Mountain Sports is throwing in the towel.

[url=http://www.wgme.com/News/story_2.shtml]source[/url]
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Tony Bessey
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Well it sounds like you cannot have it both ways and the Council, in its zeal to ban hooters, made it very clear that anything that was not a mom and pop operation was not welcomed in the city.

Tony

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Portland continues to show its preference for political correctness over economic interests. The guilt for this belongs to Portland voters who regularly elect members of limited competence to both the city council and the school committee.

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I hope Karen Geraghty and the rest of her band of beautiful people....Cloutier, Mavadones, Duson and Carr are happy! They basically killed a mosquito with a shotgun.

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I say put some beds in the empty business and turn it into a homeless shelter. They could put a homeless diner in the old Portland Market while they are at it.

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Might as well, at this rate.

From the article linked above:

[quote]In an e-mail to news 13, company president Matt Curtis writes, "We cannot continue to grow in Portland with this ban, and we cannot reverse our sales declines if Congress Street deteriorates. This ban is the opposite of everything I've learned about downtown revitalization."[/quote]

Don't worry - Peggy Rotundo will ride to the rescue, and submit a bill for $25 million on downtown revitalization, to go with her original for harborside revitalization.
:roll:

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Not just Cadillac Mountain, but North Face too.

The store Fronts at 537 Congress Street.

More and More Store fronts are Empty and no sign of business.

OH PAGING MZ KAREN GERAGHTY.. What do you have to say for yourself?

Tick Tock Close down another block.

This is pathetic.

Usually Neighborhoods welcome business. More foot traffic equals more sales.

No Foot Traffic equals very low sales.

HEY HEY, HI HO, Another Anti Business Rule, and another business must go.

EJ

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You folks are missing the point. This is exactly what they want. Their ideal is that there are no chain businesses. The property owners will have to reduce their rents to get anybody and the artists and other non viable businesses can move in.

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Yup,
they want small poorly lit coffee houses with sofa's
and women playing acoustic guitars with
hairy armpits.

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I've commented before on the difference between Elm Street, the main drag in Manchester, NH, and Congress Street.

Elm Street doesn't claim to be an "arts district" but it certainly is a food district. It's full of restaurants that attract large crowds day and night. I didn't see any empty store fronts.

Elm Street doesn't seem to be concerned about lacking a fancy designation or needing any protection from the chains, that are so dreaded by the Portland elite but so appreciated by ordinary citizens.

Perhaps Portland ought to be considering whether its "arts district" is really a viable concept.

EJ
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MediaDog

How could you say the M word.

TPTSRN had a story once upon a time about Manchester and how bad it was. Chain stores, eating establishments, and so on.

I agree with you manchester is thriving. Has a destination venue and is growing.

Portland appears to be shrinking again, as it did during the late 1980s.

I see the same signs.

Condos being built on Spec, houses not selling, stores closing....

Lucky for us, the late 1980s, City Council wanted businesses in Portland.

I do recall the artist SCREAMING murder, when they were forced out of the Exchange Street lofts in the late 1970's *even though I was very young, I had an artist family member renting studio space over looking Fore Street, who was forced out to make room for god forbig a lawyer, later became a Ski Movie Makers studio.. (lower exchange and fore).....

When the City Council gets this out of line, I am very surprised that more building owners are not complaining. Perhaps they are but the Artists are not listining.

EJ

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As I have posted before, the city is looking seedy and poor, as it did over a decade ago, and the council could care less.

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[size=18]Cadillac Mountain Sports closing Portland locations[/size]
By EDWARD D. MURPHY, Staff Writer

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The owner of Cadillac Mountain Sports is closing his three downtown Portland stores, citing declining sales and little prospect for a turnaround because of the city's ban on chain store expansion in the area.

Matthew Curtis said sales at his Portland stores ­ Cadillac Mountain Sports, Cadillac's Patagonia and Cadillac's The North Face ­ have been declining since he opened them in 2002.

[url=http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/local/070110cadilmtn.html]source[...

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In the Nineteen Seventies Portland received Millions
of dollars in MODEL CITIES grants from Washington.

Streets were rebuilt, Curbs were replaced or reset,
brick sidewalks were laid in concrete, trees were planted,
an under ground watering system for the trees was installed,
and granite bollards and planters were erected.

End result: Mass exodus to the Main Mall.

Several years later the brain children on the council
determined that business would return to Congress Street
if they installed Street lights that replicated the gas lights of
the past.

End result: Business located in Freeport.

The question should be: How many successful business
people have been elected to the Portland City Council
in the last 30 years? Ted Rand is the only one I can
recall. He once told me the only difference he saw
between the Soviet Duma and the Portland
Council is they don't speak Russian here.

Three successful local contractors: George DiMattio,
Toni Mancini, and Rocky Risbarra, wanted to build
an office complex with parking opposite Lincoln Park.
Blue Cross was to be one of the tenants.

The Council and Planning Board were so uncooperative
the project was never built.

End result: Blue Cross moved to South Portland and
built a new complex. The Portland site is unused, other
than for parking. Who gets the most tax revenue?
The City with the building.

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Comrade Cloutier - Proud of his anti-business stand.

Great Quote Bullseye from Ted Rand.

Hey Elite Lawyer, Cloutier: LET THEM EAT CAKE Esq. Quote, you are very anti business.

"City Councilor James F. Cloutier ..will still support the formula business ordinance and oppose the sunset provision despite.... I'm not surprised to hear that somebody in the winter retail business....The suggestion that there's a cause and effect here is a little hard to swallow."

Swallow? Did someone say hard to swallow, good god, what do you want Condos, so you can earn money being a lawyer?

"..Cloutier said, has been pushing for more residential units along Congress Street and wants to stimulate the development of small businesses there to redevelop the corridor."

Swallow this Comrade Cloutier, you and your buds on the City Council are PUSHING business out of Portland.

Comrade Cloutier, Helping Keep new businesses from opening.

I will restate, that Congress Street is going through the same desertion that happened in the 1980s.

Deering Center has several vacant store fronts, and congress street now will have 3 more vacant businesses store-fronts at Street Level.

EJ

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From the article:
[quote]Curtis' decision is likely to reignite debate over the formula business limits, [/quote]

What rock has Ed Murphy been under. The debate has not gone out since the passage.

Steven Scharf
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EJ
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Steven:

Ed D Murphy *as a CEO of my .COM company used to call him* does not like to stirr the pot.

It is about time 'The Business page' stepped it up, better late than never.

I hope Edward Murphy, follows up with interviews of Realators, Landlords, for profit Business owners...

Ed

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Bullseye hits the bullseye in his post above. And EJ is right, too, in most of his comments. The City Council typically diddles over every new project for so long that eventually the project fails or is downgraded into insigificance.

The very bold Lincoln Park proposal was literally diddled over until it died. How? It was delayed and delayed until finally a downturn in the economy caused the sponsors to abandon it. If it had come to fruition, the owners might have had a few bad years because of the recession, but in the long run it would have brought hundreds of new jobs and new life to a downtown that badly needs it.

The only positive note for downtown Portland is the conversion of the upper floors of some old buildings into living space. But while the injection of a few hundred permanent residents into the area will be helpful, it will not restore the necessary dynamism to Portland's main street.

Over the last couple of decades Portland's City Council has been dominated by members of the Political Correctness Club. It is because of their mindset and timidity that the city is beginning to look so shopworn.

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Hey folks are you forgetting the brilliance of the Fun Bunch (aka Portland City Councilors) from about 8 years ago when Owen Wells and Libra wanted to donate the land and build a $25M Civic Center. All the city had to do was bond $15M for infrastructure. What did they do, said no thank you and we got to watch Manchester (the dreaded M word) build a spectacular building that now gets most of the events we were getting. I don't even want to get started comparing airports...

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I hope he comes to Lewiston.

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[quote="...---..."]Yup,
they want small poorly lit coffee houses with sofa's
and women playing acoustic guitars with
hairy armpits.[/quote]

How does one play an acoustic guitar with hairy armpits? I thought you needed fingerpicks. :wink:

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I know it was hard to resist that one, EI, but what are your thoughts on downtown Portland?

EJ
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MickeyH

If Joe Ricci was still here, he might have attempted to run with the Libra Foundation, but E Noyes' estate wanted to help Portland Proper.

I too was thinking the same thing, the Portland City Council... WOW they messed up this one.

Ed

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I bet Cadillac Mountain Sports high prices and the potential customers lack of disposable income has nothing to do with the closings. I am also willing to bet, that the coming of Cabellas has nothing to do with it either.

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How many rural Maine towns are as prosperous as Portland that they can kick out businesses?

skf

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I don't know, but several small towns won't let businesses in. Damariscotta's rejection of big box stores, for example. Several other small towns, i believe, have also opted to shut out the likes of Wal-Mart or Home Depot.

So it isn't just cities that make the dumb economic moves. Political correctness can come at a cost anywhere.

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It is true about Cadillac Mountain prices, overpriced is right, and the question was ...
How do you play guitar with hairy armpits?
PRACTICE.

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[quote="Editor"]How many rural Maine towns are as prosperous as Portland that they can kick out businesses?

skf[/quote]

Belfast..... :roll:

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I am not going to detail tonight’s discussion. There was a lot of minutia. Suffice to say there was no support for Ed Suslovic's proposal to sunset the ordinance in June. The rest of the discussion was about the makeup of the committee and what it should be reviewing.

The one comment of note was from Councilor Jill Duson who suggested that the city should check whether Cadillac Mountain Sports qualified for the state's rapid response employee assistance team.

She works for said Dept of Labor.

Steven Scharf
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Proud to be an Anti-Business Councilor and closing down shops one by one.

Reminds me of the French in the castle in Monty Pythons 'Holy Grail'..

Let's see, Olympia Sports, LLBean, CVS (well that would be good they are a chain Drug store, and Drugs, drugs are not bad)..

Portland can have the Dirt worshiper, Terrot card readers, and other cults but throw in a franchise business.

Steven, Public access did NOT play the meeting tonight. I tried to tune in, nothing.

Ed

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