Survey Asks: What Do YOU Want in Downtown Wheeling?

Would you like to see an ethnic restaurant open in downtown Wheeling? If so, what kind? And what sort of stores would you like to shop in? Do you want to open a business downtown? Would you like to live in a loft in Wheeling’s downtown area?

Wheeling Heritage wants to know the answers to these and more questions, and today has launched a survey to learn about the types of businesses people would like to see in downtown Wheeling.

Downtown Wheeling residents and workers are encouraged to click here and complete the fully automated, anonymous Restaurant & Retail survey that should take no more than five minutes to complete. The deadline for participating in the survey is July 31.

“The results of this survey will help with identifying the types of retailers, restaurants and services that consumers would like to see in downtown Wheeling,” said Alex Weld, project and outreach manager at Wheeling Heritage.

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Through Main Street West Virginia, Wheeling Heritage has been working with Downtown Professionals Network (DPN), as well as various partners, to create the survey. DPN, a firm specializing in research for downtown economic development, will analyze the results and provide business recruitment strategies.

The results will also be a useful resource for businesses that are considering expanding into the growing downtown market.

“As we learn more about our residents and workers, we can better target our business development and training programs to help target the types of businesses people want to see here,” Weld said.

The results will be shared with partners including the Regional Economic Development Partnership (RED), the City of Wheeling, and Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, and will also be available to the public on Wheeling Heritage’s website.