With Small Business Saturday in the books, some shoppers are turning their attention to Cyber Monday, but one Danbury official doesn't think online shopping is affecting brick and mortar stores in the City.
Danbury is the retail mecca of Connecticut. Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce President Steve Bull says the City reports the highest retail sales year after year, and that's not by accident. He notes that Danbury is at the crossroads of three of the most affluent counties off I-84. Bull adds that the City's retail mix is exceptional. Between the Danbury Mall and the Newtown Road/Federal Road shopping plazas, he says shoppers are hard pressed to not find a store or retailer they're looking for.
Bull says there's some pent up "back-buying" from people who put off big shopping trips in the past few years. Danbury has seen many new stores opening up in the last three or four years. He says that is the opposite of a national retail trend to shoppers moving online. Bull says Danbury's strategic location helps attract retailers to an affluent marketplace.
Danbury has seen some new car dealerships open, an exponential growth in restaurants and new offerings on Newtown Road. The mall is constantly adding new stores. Bull says it's hard to go a week without having a grand opening ceremony, which isn't seen in most other areas of the state.