Despite the current state of the economy, the city is expected to receive a proposal next month that includes “several hundred retail prospects.”
So the results of the Rahway Survey are in. Now what? Among the recommendations by Community Insights, it suggests that Rahway must undertake “a concerted retail recruitment effort to attract the kinds of stores, restaurants and businesses that consumers most want.”
A small, two-screen movie theater, night clubs, and ground-floor retail space for entertainment-related businesses could build upon the foundation provided by the Union County Arts Center.
Future residential growth downtown will be sufficient to support a 15,000-square-foot grocery store, in addition to a dozen or so new limited service and fast-food eateries.
Three distinct retail districts, with specific styles tailored to each, are recommended within downtown:
Can the downtown area fit another 18 restuarants, on top of the existing handful already in business? Consultants that put together the Rahway Survey think so.
There is enough demand within a three-mile radius of the train station for existing retail and planned retail, according to the Rahway Survey. Community Insights, which was commissioned by the Rahway Center Partnership, examined 63 separate categories of retail for the survey.