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Main Street Atmore releases market study results

Accepting the governor’s commendation, members of the committee and city council members, from left, Bobby Mays, Foster Kizer, Cindy Colville, Sheilo Faircloth, Main Street Atmore Director Niki Bryan, Greg Vaughn, Dale Ash, Eddie Tullis, Councilwoman Eunice Johnson and Councilman Shawn Lassiter.

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So, what do individuals and businesses want in Atmore? How do they view Atmore’s potential?
Some of those answers were provided Thursday, April 29, when Main Street Alabama and Main Street Atmore personnel met with the public (about 25 people attended) to discuss the results of a market study previously made available to residents and business owners. Responding to the survey were 419 individuals and 16 businesses.
A few study results follow:

  • What is the first things you would do to improve downtown Atmore?
    Consumers replied: add, recruit businesses – 28 percent; buildings, appearances –
    27 percent; streets, traffic and transportation – 10 percent
  • 49 percent of consumers and 50 percent of businesses describe pre-COVID trends in downtown as “improving or making progress.”
  • Which of the following types of “eating and drinking places” would make you most likely to visit downtown Atmore more often? Top five – steakhouse (37 percent), Italian restaurant, farm to table restaurant, All American / 50s diner, pizzeria.
  • Which of the following types of “retail establishments” would make you most likely to visit downtown Atmore more often? Top five – specialty foods, deli, wine: arts, crafts and hobbies; sporting goods, outdoors; bookstore; jewelry store.
    In addition to the survey results, Main Street Atmore committee members received a commendation – delivered by Main Street Alabama Director Mary Helmer – from Governor Kay Ivey.
    The commendation reads, in part: WHEREAS, the citizens and officials in Atmore, Alabama have rallied together and organized to compete for the right to participate in the program through demonstration of commitment to the Four-Point Approach™ of the National Main Street Center implementation of a successful program of Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Vitality for their central business district and dedication to the become a successful model of downtown revitalization for the state; and …
    WHEREAS, Atmore, Alabama celebrates its historic commercial core and its authenticity and hopes to serve as an inspiration to other communities in this great state;
    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby commend The Community of Atmore, Alabama.