Comment 37253

By Really? (registered) | Posted January 21, 2010 at 13:22:44

I'm suggesting they [Fast Food Chains] be offered as an Alternative to Cafes, Bistros and Restaurants.

I'm not necessarily suggesting they be put in Gore Park solely, but there are a lot of empty storefronts along King St (on either side of the Gore) which would welcome these types of business.

And yes, there are a lot of fast food places now; However, if someone from a suburb --who enjoys the convenience of Fast Food-- decides to look downtown for somehwere to live (and don't say it doesn't happen; I'm a perfect example), and they see Christophers or Harvest Burger rather than Harveys or Wendys; where do you think this suburbanite is going to eat? Primarily, the Name Chains. They recognize the name and are comfortable with it.

This all has to do with bringing Big Name Brands to Downtown Hamilton, not just fast food. There are tons of Christophers or Harvest Burger-type places, but all are mostly empty. I look at the Name Chains, and they are constantly packed!

Suburbanites DO want to live Downtown; It's just not as convenient, and/or as familiar as they'd like it to be (yet)... SO ATTRACT BIG NAME CHAINS! Then attract Young Urban Professionals!

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