The City can add a few incentives for any grocer looking to open a store in downtown Saskatoon, but in the end it will be up to the owner to make the business work.
General Manager of the City's Community Services Department, Randy Grauer, says a report from the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority suggests the biggest issue holding back grocery store owners is that there aren't enough people living in the area. Other concerns are the cost of land, rent, and finding the right site with adequate parking. Grauer says along with possible incentives for the prospective business owner, their best bet is to continue trying to attract more people to live in the downtown area. Administration will be reporting to Council in the future on possible incentives to do just that. Efforts could be focused particularly in the north end where there is already a larger concentration of residential buildings.