Decatur Looking to Add More Retail


DECATUR- The City of Decatur is asking its residents for help. This evening marks the first retail feedback tour event. This event will allow the public to let the city know what stores and restaurants are desired. Everyone in Decatur is welcome to attend and bring any ideas in order to improve Decatur. Responses will be tallied and entered into the database so demands can be met easier. The plan after tonight is to hold regular (once a month) scheduled feedback events at locations available to be developed throughout the community. The City of Decatur will be able to provide direct public input to potential developers.

So far, City of Decatur Economic Development Officer, Patrick Hoban, says the biggest gap between what Decatur already has to offer and what the public wants, is hardware and clothing stores. Hoban says most people drive to Forsyth for hardware and clothing. The gap lessens when it comes to restaurants in Decatur, but many residents are asking for more variety; one popular restaurant demand is Chipotle. 

The plan from here on out is to have these retail feedback events once a month. The location and exact date of next month's event is yet to be determined. Once it's available, you will be able to find that information on the City of Decatur's web site or by e-mailing Patrick Hoban with questions and ideas at For more information on the retail feedback events, you are encouraged to call 217-424-2778. 

Tonight's feedback event is from 5:30 PM until 6:30 PM at the Land of Lincoln Credit Union on 4850 East Prosperity Place in Decatur.


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