Introducing “Foot Traffic”:  a look at the intersection of local business and real estate

There’s no question that the Internet has revolutionized the way we do business. Money, goods and services have never changed hands so quickly and across such distances.

However, in this era of ecommerce and online trading, many businesses still need a brick and mortar establishment to sell products to their customers.

From restaurants and tailors to bars and barbers, these purveyors need a strategic spot to set up shop. Whether it’s a storefront on the hottest streets or acreage on the outskirts of town, it’s all about location.

We’re going behind the scenes to take a closer look at these local businesses and the entrepreneurs who run them. And we’re bringing you – our valued readers – along for the ride. 

Through a regular series called Foot Traffic we’re talking to local business folk to find out what went in to their decision to open where they did and how that decision has influenced their business.

Entrepreneurs have an interesting way of looking at the world. They have an acute ability to identify problems and find creative ways to address them, while creating value and opportunity in the process. This naturally transfers into their real estate pursuits.

We’ve got some great interviews coming up in this series and the proprietors have a lot of great real estate and business insights to share. We hope you enjoy these segments as much as we enjoy bringing them to you.

In our first submission, we talk to local personal trainer Justin D’Olimpio about his business, Just Train Fitness.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. themofman says:

    Good series idea. Years ago, my wife researched an area of lower western Hamilton for opening a clothing consignment shop. There was hardly any valuable data to be gained; not even from Statscan.

    Business was moderate initially but it went really bad when the city tore up many of the streets in the area, allowing the contractors to extend the time considerably.

    Her store was one of three that had newly opened in the district. All 3 closed within a year due to the road construction diverting traffic away.

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    1. hamiltonize says:

      Sorry about the delayed response. Sounds like your wife had a rough go of things.

      In speaking with entrepreneurs for this series I’m hearing that the city is a lot more pro-business these days. Hopefully with all the attention the city is getting the business climate will continue to improve. Maybe your wife could try it again in the future.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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