Although the general consensus around Cazenovia seems to be negative, the inclusion of a Family Dollar store in Town and Country Plaza may not be such a bad idea.
Much of the retail space that the business will occupy has been vacant for the past year. The Family Dollar will bring tax revenue to the village of Cazenovia, and employ about 10 workers. Family Dollar is a strong company, boasting more than 6,800 locations across the U.S. With the unsteady economic history of businesses in Town and Country Plaza, maybe a national chain with successful background is just what is needed.
Cazenovia has traditionally rejected proposals from national retail chains hoping to take up residence within town lines. As Cazenovians, we take pride in our Albany Street aesthetic and historic business district.
"I'm not so worried about what's on the inside, as what's on the outside," said Cazenovia resident Barbara Clarke. "If the retail space remains consistent with the character of the community, I think that would be fine. I'm sure there are many people that would take advantage of the store."
n the end, the exterior of Family Dollar will depend on negotiations between the retail chain and the village's planning and zoning board; this new store will be a good opportunity to test the effectiveness of the village's newest signage legislation.
But it's important to keep perspective. A Family Dollar in the village will mean steady jobs. It will bring affordable merchandise to our backyard (the deals at Family Dollar should be a relief to locals trying to make do in a rocky economy). And we'd wager the village and town are happy that more tax dollars might be spent here in Cazenovia instead of across the county line in Fayetteville and Dewitt.
Aesthetics are important. But they're not everything. We're excited to see new business prosper in our town, and to see what that prosperity might bring.