3 responses

  1. Laura
    October 20, 2011

    Dave, great article!

    I couldn’t agree about your second point: “2) Home offices and distributed workforces make Coffee shops the ideal place for appointments and meetings.”

    Most Starbucks and Peets locations in my area already offer larger tables for mobile workers. I wouldn’t be surprised to see new locations that will rent us conference rooms.

  2. Herb
    October 20, 2011

    I think what will happen is that a lot of impulse and discretionary retail will start moving to 2/F in urban environments and become showrooms more than retail stores. In some of those showrooms, product will be available, and some not. Larger, better funded and/or better known/managed retailers will occupy more of the ground floor space. In bigbox/suburban environments, some will survive, many will be repurposed. I can see some being redone to fit the showroom model also. I see no need for many boutiques and/or businesses with solid marketing/following to continue to have a retail store with the social media and community building tools available now, although a physical space is necessary for many.

  3. Amelia @ IT Management
    October 24, 2011

    Retail will be back if the government decides to lessen its taxes. Speaking of taxes, if the government finds a way to effectively collect taxes from online stores, the playing field might even out a little. Right now, anybody can just open an online store.

    I’m not a fan of coffee but I can see their place in the scheme of things.

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