Examine your communities' retail economy
Retail markets are changing dramatically. Mobile customers, big box stores, and global markets challenge local retailers to stay competitive.
Our programs help local businesses and business leaders maintain a competitive retail marketplace.
Extension educators and program leaders create customized applied research reports that help communities understand their retail strengths, gaps and opportunities.
Regional educators provide in-person analysis and information for your community.
Find out who is shopping in your community and how you can use this information to meet customers needs and increase revenue. more
Learn about retail development
These online learning resources help community decision-makers, businesses, and residents, think about the future of their retail sector.
This online guide helps business leaders, entrepreneurs, developers, and economic development professionals understand the changing marketplace and find realistic opportunities for their communities. more
Business and marketing tools
Rural grocery stores
The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) have conducted research and gathered resources examining the needs and concerns of rural grocery stores. Visit the RSDP site
Retail Analysis and Development news
- Good data is good retail therapy for Minnesota's communities
- Taking Care of (Existing) Business — a Community Approach
- Digging into the dynamics of Greater Minnesota's economy
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For more information or assistance, contact a community economics regional educator near you.