Grass Valley residents won’t mind bigger businesses coming in, as long as they provide quality products at good prices, with good customer service. That’s the conclusion of a survey done by the City of Grass Valley. Economic Development Coordinator Jeri Amendola says several hundred respondents to the survey filled out questionnaires and took part in focus groups over the last few months.
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Amendola says for the most part, residents are happy with the smaller businesses in town, but often have complaints about the lack of variety, or that prices are too high. Also, many of those who took part in the survey would like to see some of the bigger so-called ‘box stores’ to come to town.
Costco, Home Depot, Winco, and Walmart also were high on the list. The survey results also indicate that residents are not happy with the current larger retailers.
Amendola says the conclusions will be used to try to build a better relationship with both the bigger and smaller businesses in the area. Results of the survey will be presented at tonight’s City Council meeting.