HOISINGTON — In December, Hoisington Main Street Inc. mailed out a survey to solicit ideas regarding what people liked the least and best regarding Hoisington’s downtown. It asked what types of businesses should be established and events to hold. The results of the survey will be presented at a community meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, at the Hoisington Activity Center meeting room, 1200 Susank Rd. The meeting is open to everyone.
Those who did not get an opportunity to fill out the survey may go online to the HMSI website at hoisingtonmainstreet.org and complete the survey or provide feedback at the meeting.
The closing of the Duckwall store creates another empty building on Main Street. The success of local businesses is dependent on the business providing a service or product that is needed by the community and then the community supporting the business. The meeting will discuss the types of business suggested from survey input and ideas to implement the suggestions.
Over the past five years, numerous Hoisington businesses have come and gone. There are many reasons that a business may close. In the past, Main Street was the center of community activity; the center of its commerce, banking, government and social life. Due to increased dependency on the automobile, big box stores and the advent of the mall, it is important to recognize that most traditional commercial districts like Hoisingtons will never be able to provide the range of goods and services offered 20 to 30 year ago nor compete on the lowest price.
However, business can compete by providing personal attention, offering a unique product or service, and creating an experience that will bring back consumers. Anyone interested in setting up a new business, has suggestions on what is needed or wants to get involved in the revitalization efforts of downtown Hoisington are encouraged to attend.