Business Owners Want to See Filled Empty Stores

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

STAUNTON, Va -- Middlebrook Ave has some empty storefronts and business owners are hoping that will change.

A look at Middlebrook Ave shows at least three large buildings with for lease or for rent signs in the window. Business owners hope those stores be full soon because they said it could bring more business to Staunton.

Some business owners, who spoke with a WHSV reporter, said tourists head to the avenue, but they hope to bring locals to the area as well.

One owner started her store just last year and hopes others will open.

“I would love to see other people,” said Laurie Gundersen, owner of Appalachian Piecework. “I think that we would prosper if we had these small stores that are interesting and not just box stores. We'll have a very special thing in Staunton.”

The city of Staunton worked to revitalize other sections of towns, including along Byers St.

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