Business is Booming on Church Street

From Seven Days, Vermont’s Independent Voice:

Despite Problems, Business Is Booming on Church Street
By Kevin J. Kelley

The Church Street Marketplace looks its best in high summer. Crowds of locals and tourists arc around street performers, line up at food carts and jam into the 80 restaurants, bars and retail shops on the four-block-long pedestrian mall.

Only a single space is currently vacant. It’s on the previously problematic “top block” between Cherry and Pearl streets, where five stores had been unoccupied as recently as a year ago. The real estate in Burlington’s festive, thriving shopping precinct commands some of the highest commercial rents in Vermont — up to $40 per square foot.

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