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Retail business arising in new forms downtown (access required)

Population growth driving more options as development continues

Where Rochester’s downtown once featured four department stores and two grocery stores, now there are none. A quarter century after the last department store closed, in the places where all of Rochester once shopped, there’s a car museum, a large gravel lot and a stately building with papered-over windows. The old five-and-dime is now a Social Security ...

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Traffic entering the city from Interstate 490 moves down Clinton Avenue. Rochester’s downtown is changing, and its approach to retail may be changing as well.  (Photo by Dick Moss)

Retail is key to downtown development, but it’s changing

Where Rochester’s downtown once featured four department stores and two grocery stores, now there are none. A quarter century after ...