Redefining Retail: Re-opening downtown for business

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International Downtown Association Webinar Series

As cities continue to adapt to a new reality, a focus on progress and planning for retail, restaurant and essential business is a necessity. Join Retail Strategies and &Access for this webinar as they discuss steps you can take today to help your downtown and community sustain and grow retail and restaurant businesses emerging from COVID-19. 

Our speakers discuss:

  • Data and analytics to understand the shift in consumer behavior
  • Maximizing retail and restaurant real estate
  • The importance of retail inventory
  • Tools to support at-risk businesses
  • Steps to safely reacquaint shoppers

Bobby Boone, Founder and Chief Strategist, &Access (Washington, DC)
Jennifer Gregory, President (Downtown Strategies), Retail Strategies (Birmingham, AL)

Recorded on Friday, May 8, 2020


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