NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton’s empty storefronts aren’t staying vacant. Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz told 22News he thinks it signals a strong and thriving economy.
He said that about all the talk earlier in the year about vacant storefronts on Main Street in downtown Northampton, and how it may have signaled a downturn in the economy, was exaggerated.
He told 22News it’s just the normal cycle of business. People retiring, or relocating. New to the Main Street, but not to Northampton, Theory Skate Shop. They moved into the former Western Village Skate Shop after relocating from their shop on Armory Street.
David Narkewicz, Mayor of Northampton told 22News businesses like Pita Pockets have been very successful. “Downtown is really stable and I think the turnover that people have seen is just again, the business cycle. But I think the central story is the downtown Northampton is still a really attractive place to do business.”
At the height of the concern, more than a dozen storefronts were empty in the downtown. Many of those properties like the former Spoleto are owned by businessman Eric Suher.
Mayor Narkewicz told 22News he talks with Suher about getting tenants. Narkewicz also said he doesn’t necessarily view a chain store in a more negative light than a mom and pop shop.