Gold Max? Really, Elmhurst? Really?!?

A few months back Cottage Hill Diamonds moved across York Street to a new location leaving their old spot open.  And...we got Gold Max!  Yippee!  Huh.....I'm guessing I'm not the only one who didn't envision a 'Cash-for-Gold' joint moving in as the best retail tenant we could get in Downtown Elmhurst.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a free market guy most of the time, but when it comes to economic development, I'm open to some government involvement.  With space so precious and the environment teetering on success/failure, getting prime tenants into the open storefronts is critical.  The question of whether having this space vacant is better than this GoldMax place is - in my mind a valid one worthy of discussion.   As of now, I'm of the opinion that I'd rather have vacant spots than more salons, consignment shops, and new-fangled pawnshops.  The hit we take for having vacancies is better than the hit we take on our reputation.


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