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Will West Laramie ever get some sort of department store?

Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:35 PM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  Will West Laramie ever get some sort of department store having to always drive to Walmart get to be a hassle??

A.  The City of Laramie is working with a consulting firm, The Retail Coach, to grow existing retail and attract new retail to the community. In doing so, the City is not concentrating its efforts in any single area but is instead marketing the community as a whole based on the various requirements individual retailers have in terms of population size, median income, lot size, proximity to competition, etc. Any commercial development, including a department store, selecting West Laramie for its location is almost solely dependent upon the property owner, and on whether or not the land meets an individual retailer's needs. Aside from working to get Laramie “on the radar” of national retailers, the main involvement from the City in any retail expansion is related to zoning and site development requirements, which often occurs after a company has selected a location.