The North Main Street retail corridor is starting to gain some traction with three new businesses opening in North Main Plaza in recent weeks.
After a day spa and medical rehab center recently opened there and a staffing agency signed a contract this week to open an office there, the plaza is nearing capacity, said at-large Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine.
“The city putting a concentrated effort on the corridor and that plaza is helping draw businesses,” Devine said. “There are two office spaces left. This is the fullest it’s been.”
The plaza has struggled to attract and retain tenants since it opened in 2003. But with the economy regaining some footing after a devastating recession and the city putting an emphasis on revitalizing the corridor, now might be the time for the plaza to thrive, Devine said.
“The city has a committed effort to focus in on it,” Devine said. “It’s a major corridor as people come into Columbia, especially to do state business. And it has been traditionally neglected.”