Another new retail location — this one the TJ Maxx store on North Vermilion Street — will open its doors this week, adding to the steady stream of the city’s new shopping opportunities.
The clothing retailer plans its grand opening for today, joining the Kohl’s store next door, which opened earlier this year. Adjacent to those stores, construction on the Meijer store should finish soon. It should be open this fall.
The Village Mall also has seen new stores open, with Book World and Ross Dress for Less joining its roster not long ago and Burlington also preparing for a fall opening.
The development of these retail sites not only adds more choices for local shoppers, it should serve to improve sales at other local stores as well.
With the increased local selection, shoppers will be less inclined to head to Champaign/Urbana or Indianapolis to spend money. The increase in local sales not only will help local merchants, but local government, too. Increased revenue from sales taxes will help officials keep a lid on potential increases in other taxes.
The most important factor in this equation remains local shoppers. If they wants to spend money elsewhere — including the ever-high cost of gasoline — they can’t complain when officials are forced to increase rates on property taxes or gasoline taxes to help cover the cost of operation.
City officials deserve credit for their pursuit of these new retail locations for the city. Now area residents need to show their appreciation by spending their dollars in local stores.