Wheeling Heritage recently asked what types of retail and restaurants residents, workers and visitors of Wheeling would like to see downtown.
After more than 1,500 responses, Downtown Professionals Network, a firm specializing in research for downtown economic development, has analyzed the results.
The most commonly requested eating establishment is a full-service restaurant with a dinner menu and outdoor dining. The second-most chosen option is an ethnic restaurant, with Thai or Indian cuisine.
In terms of retail establishments, most respondents want to see a specialty foods market, with a focus on locally sourced, artisan and organic foods. Both women’s and men’s casual clothing stores also scored high.
It is also worth noting that 146 respondents marked that they are interested in either relocating their existing business or opening a new storefront in downtown Wheeling.
Wheeling Heritage will use these results to target the types of businesses people want to see downtown. For more detailed results, please contact Wheeling Heritage.