A local establishment and a powerhouse national chain are both moving into College Park over the next month with the long anticipated opening of the original Ledo’s Pizza in about two weeks and Best Buy slated to open in the College Park Market Place in early September. I think both will help College Park in different ways. The Original Ledo’s will give downtown College Park a destination location at last and will hopefully help increase the use of the downtown parking garage. Best Buy will be taking the place of the closed down “Linens and Things” and hopefully will add a nice little boost to our city tax revenue.
These two new store openings remind me of the soon to be voted on College Park City Council Strategic Plan. One of the action items in this plan is to “Create a list of 10 most desired retail/restaurant businesses and actively pursue encouraging them to locate in College Park.” So what retail/restaurant businesses locations do you think College Park should be pursuing? What type of retail/restaurant businesses would help turn College Park into the vibrant college town we all know we can and should be? Feel free to list one location or ten and feel free to say something general (a coffee house) or specific (Trader Joe’s). You can list one retail/restaurant business or ten – but also think about WHERE you think you’d like to see such a business open.