01Jan

Why Cincinnati is the best place for retail in 2020

Cincinnati is an interesting city with a diverse and a resilient population. The outgoing nature of the people in Cincinnati is reflected in the shopping scene that it delivers. It is based on these factors that Cincinnati is considered as one of the best cities for retail across the U.S, if not the best.

According to a report from the Downtime Cincinnati Inc. in 2015, Over-the-Rhine, the Central Business District and Pendleton alone generated a whopping $522 million in development investments, adding over 1,000 new residential units and 600 jobs. Similarly, several reports indicate the growth of urban restaurant and services. With the increase in the number of residents the retail market is most certainly attracting people and money. Moreover, the availability of a space for retail is another plus for potential investors who are looking to expand their retail business.

The city has been blooming with huge companies like Amazon taking interest in the region. Amazon is investing into a 3 million-square-foot air hub. The air hub located in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, will tremendously boost the retail market. The hub will support over 100 Prime Air Cargo planes and lower the prime shopping from 2 days to just a single day. Besides its boost in the retail market and specifically for the market of Cincinnati, Air Hub will provide employment opportunities to over 2000 people.

One of the biggest names in retail, Procter & Gamble, has decided to launch a business incubator in Cincinnati that would support new and fresh ideologies that will make room for innovation and creativity. Similarly, a former senior executive at Kroger, has set his sails towards Cincinnati by leading a tech startup in the area that will promote businesses with the help of technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Whether you are looking for home furnishing, culinary delights, clothing or accessories, you are sure to find them in one of the many shopping areas that the city of Cincinnati has to offer. It is due to its vast availability of commodities and the ease of discovering these that the city made it to the Forbes list for best bargain shopping.

Let’s have a glance of all the shopping malls that the city has to offer and shockingly these are all known for their specific specialties.

Findlay Market

One of the oldest and the best places to shop in Cincinnati is the Findlay Market. The public market in Ohio has been in operation ever since 1955. Located in Over-the-Rhine neighborhood the Findlay Market is also known as the colorful market, due to the dynamic colors of the buildings. The market is a must-see for visitors due to its historic significance and a great place to shop groceries for the locals.

The Findlay market is open round the year except for Mondays. Approximately, 40 full-time businesses operate year-round, whereas, 100 more vendors operate on weekends or on a part-time basis. The market offers a wide variety of food ranging from raw foods to several specialties in prepared foods. The market welcomes new merchants and startups, but mostly is comprised of businesses that are being run from generations.

To further promote innovation and diversity, the Findlay market has opened an incubation center that offers mentorship, education and more importantly a short-term lease to early-stage food businesses. The Findlay launch program will focus on women, minorities and immigrant-owner businesses to promote equality in the retail market in general and din the Findlay market in particular.

Kenwood Towne Centre

The diversity in the market can be evaluated by comparing the Findlay Market and the Kenwood Towne Centre, alone. Where the Findlay market delivers a historic touch, the Kenwood Towne Center on the other side is a modern market anchored by Dillard’s, Nordstorm and Macy’s, which are major departmental stores.

The mall caters shoppers with several top-notch shops and over 60 exclusive retailers that are unique to the city. There’s a wide variety of clothing and accessories shops, on top of that, world renowned retails including and not limited to Apple, Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, Atleta, LEGO and Microsoft are also a significant part of the Kenwood Towne Centre Mall. Food delicacies include the Cheesecake Factory and Maggiano’s Little Italy.

Jungle Jim’s International Market

Being one of the originals of Cincinnati, the Jungle Jim’s International Market started as a roadside fruit stand has grown into two stores, each covering an area of 605 acres in size with 180,000 different products originated from 70 different countries.

The Jungle Jim’s unique characteristic is the way visitors are greeted, in Fairfield, visitors are welcomed by a pond with a life-size animal in a pond. Props all around the mall and fire trucks in the hot sauce department give away that feel-at-home feeling. The Mall is also home to a cooking school and a tasting bar that allows visitors to sample beverages before they buy.

Rookwood Commons & Pavilion

Rookwood Commons & Pavilion is a shopping destination located in the suburb of Norwood, it is 10 minutes’ drive from downtown Cincinnati. Rookwood’s comprises of over 70 restaurants and stores with the most popular chains around the world. The Jospeh-Beth bookseller is an exception to the list, which hosts many events and book signings.

Old Navy, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Talbot’s and Victoria Secret are some of the clothing stores that the mall has to offer. The Spice & Tea Exchange, Whole Foods and Sur la Table are three of the most visited cooking and food specialties. Furnishing stores include Pier 1 imports, HomeGood and Bed Bath & Beyond. Rookwood has an outdoor outfitter and Rally House, where apparels and costume are available to satisfy the needs for sport lovers looking to cheer for Cincinnati sports teams.