Thursday, November 29, 2012

Standard-Examiner: GEAR:30 Opens in Ogden Riverbend Project Area

Taxpayer inducements?  A question left oddly unexplored

Encouraging news this morning on the Ogden City economic development front, as the Standard announces the arrival of a new player for the Ogden Riverfront Project.  Here's the lead:
OGDEN — While Ogden city continues to promote itself as a world- class outdoor-recreation destination, owners of a new retail store near downtown hope to ride that wave.
GEAR:30, a premier mountain equipment shop, is now open at 1931 S. Washington Blvd., positioned as one of the centerpieces in the Ogden Riverbend project, right between Kneaders Bakery & Cafe, Slackwater Pub & Pizzeria and the Bingham Cyclery.
Check out the full Mitch Shaw writeup here:
“We all became kind of tired of having to drive down to Salt Lake (City) to find decent gear,” GEAR:30 co-partner Jeff Young said. “There was really no place in the entire Ogden area where you could get quality stuff, and that meant that you had thousands of dollars leaving Ogden, which is a shame.”

Looks like this new operation will fill a heretofore un-filled retail marketing niche, we'll cautiously observe; and it would appear that this new outfit won't step on any other existing busuness's toes, thank goodness.

Conspicuously absent from this morning's story, of course, is any information concerning any Ogden taxpayer subsidies or other financial inducements which might have been responsible for luring in this new business, an issue which, taking into account Ogden City's track record,  we do believe S-E reporter Shaw ought to have fully explored.


Dan S. said...

There's definitely a need for a store like this, now that Canyon Sports is gone.  (Anyone remember Black Diamond / Ogden Mountaineering?)  That doesn't mean there are no remaining toes to be stepped on, but stepping on a few toes is inevitable with any new business.

Smaatguy said...

I'd like to see what they paid for the LAND....Bingham got a screaming deal as the dudes behind the scenes were buds of Scottie B....wouldn't suprise me a bit if he wasn't part of the deal outside of his role working for the city....lets just say the piece of property next to it was being offered at nearly double what Binghams paid....

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