Support Tryon’s commercial open house tomorrow

Published 5:43pm Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The economic future of downtown Tryon has been a controversial topic in recent months, as several businesses moved out, increasing the number of vacant storefronts on Trade and Pacolet streets.
Tryon business owners, town officials, the Tryon Downtown Development Association and other interested parties took action on the issue this summer, starting with a brainstorming session on July 9 at the Tryon Depot. The session, facilitated by Andy Millard of Millard and Company, was attended by approximately 200 people and generated numerous ideas about ways to promote the town’s strengths and address its weaknesses.
One of the ideas that emerged from that brainstorming session – the concept of holding a commercial open house that showcase available commercial spaces in the downtown area – is coming to fruition this week. On Thursday, Sept. 27 from 4-7 p.m., properties in Tryon’s Central Business District that are available for rent or sale will be open for interested people to view and discuss possible uses.
The volunteers who stepped forward to organize the event are to be commended for taking positive steps to help the town, as are the owners of the properties, town officials and members of the Tryon Downtown Development Association. Their willingness to step up to the plate and not just complain about the situation is admirable.
What can we do to help?
First, of course, we can do our part to get as many people as possible to attend the commercial open house tomorrow, especially anyone who is considering starting a business in the area. But in the long term, it’s even more important that we buy, whenever possible, our daily necessities, gifts and other items from area businesses, both those that currently exist and any new ones that may be opened in the near future.
If we all make sure to look locally first for the things we need, we’ll be more likely to find them here next time we need them.
— Editorial staff,
Tryon Daily Bulletin

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