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What Business Would You Open in Newport?

Your imagination is the only limit, what would you open in Newport?

Imagine you had the tools and resources at your disposal - what business would you like to open in Newport?  What would work in the community?

Here were some ideas from the  Newport Patch Facebook page.

Kimberly Santos A co-op healing center.

Dan Coleman An awesome food truck. Middletown/Newport/Portsmouth

Geoff Cook a proper fish and chip shop!

Caroline Monahon Whole foods.

Niko Merritt Bowling alley, laser tag or some other place where families can go to have fun. There is not much to do around here.

Susan Donnelly-Whitlock Indoor water park

Michelle Zawacki McManus Chipotle, Trader Joe's and Target

John H Hedley November 14, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Keep in mind people that NONE of those ideas will work if the island's population continues to dwindle, property taxes and local finances continue their unabated path of irresponsiblity, lousy school environment continues to deteriorate and demographics continue to skew in opposite directions (wealthy households getting older, poor ones getting younger- that's rich getting richer for the Democratic party cheerleaders). Exactly what kinds of successful business plans find that desireable? Trader Joe's requires 25K+ households above median within 30 minutes; Wholefoods requirements are higher. Target was rejected by the least progressive community on the island. Home Depot considers the Middletown store to be an underperformer and will get downsized or go the way of Best Buy next time the boys in Atlanta need to make cuts. And then there's this years 800 pound gorilla: the sequestration budget cuts and how they'll impact the navy and, in turn, the island. The best small business to open on the island is the one you don't open...until there is complete turnover in local and state leadership- replaced by slates that are growth oriented rather than status quo defenders (Middletown, Newport) or ideological (Portsmouth) or both (state democratic caucuses).
Deb T November 14, 2012 at 06:21 PM
And putting a toll on the Sakonnet Bridge is not going to help promote new business for the Island. We need everyone to support the No Tolls group and attend the meeting at Portsmouth High on Dec. 3 at 7PM or Tiverton High on Dec. 4 at 7PM to meet with DOT. A strong body of support will go a long way.
Seagirl November 14, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Homegoods would be great in the old Linen and Things/Halloween store store front.
Seagirl November 14, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Bowling Alley and fish and chips, both great ideas! We need more family oriented business.
mike westman January 01, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Hands Down......Trader Joe's

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