ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The city of Clayton wants to gift wrap retail and empty office space.
“If you look around at some other storefronts it’s just white paper. It’s not very pleasing to look at. We’ve had some retailers suggest that their customers don’t feel comfortable walking by that type of environment.” said Economic Developer Gary Carter.
Current Clayton ordinance requires white butcher paper for unoccupied store fronts. But now the city wants to spruce itself up with some pretty paper.
“It’s free to those store fronts that want to use it. It’s not required, it’s an option.” said Gary Carter.
Alderman voted to combat the” adverse social and economic risks” of vacant store fronts.
The city of Clatyon currently has about 100,000 square feet of empty space. In their defense about 46,000 of that is the former Linen’s & Things location. So what’s the city to do? Look towards some boutiques like Jennifer’s Pharmacy and Soda Shoppe..
“I’m in Clayton all the time. I do see a lot of empty buildings but there’s no retail here anymore and I would love to see them get the rents down and get some retail in here.” said Pharmacist Jennifer Rich.
Property owners can get the paper free thanks to funding from the special business district. So the city can get wrapped up in ribbons and bows.
Patrick Clark, News 11.