I have to admit that I had trouble empathizing with the merchants. This particular “problem” only occurred on four Sundays a year (this was back in the eight game regular season days). Before the games, the mall itself was jammed with food vendors doing a brisk business. Granted, during the game, the mall was empty and anyone arriving to shop probably had difficulty finding a parking spot but I felt that the merchants were missing the point.
The trick is to capitalize on that traffic. Hold events or sales right after the game to entice those fans and their money back into the mall.
I thought of this story when I saw this sign at the Wilde Lake Shopping Center this week. According to this story by Jennifer Broadwater in the Columbia Flier, Howard Community College fall enrollment at the school is “up 10 percent in head count from fall 2008.”
“Since 2000, the college's enrollment has increased about 50 percent, according to Barbara Greenfeld, HCC's associate vice president for enrollment services.
But this year's enrollment growth is particularly large, with 8,355 credit-seeking students registered.”
This has inevitably led to a parking issue that has resulted in overflow parking being directed to the struggling Wilde Lake Village Center. Hopefully, the remaining merchants at Wilde Lake can figure out ways to capitalize on this traffic.
The other day, as I was sitting at the traffic light at Montgomery Road and Waterloo Road in Ellicott City, I happened to glance at the dry cleaner located across the road. I must’ve driven by this place a million times but until this week I never studied the window sign very closely.
When I did, I laughed out loud.
So ladies, next time you need to clean up your man, now you know where to take him.