Residual nausea over Aug. 12, competition dampen downtown revenues, business owners say
The Daily Progress Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 9 p.m.
Chaps Ice Cream on the Downtown Mall has been doing well the last few months, ahead of the slow winter season its owner anticipates each year. But proprietor Tony LaBua says he considers himself lucky, as other businesses are reporting a disconcerting decline in sales.
Though the city of Charlottesville has $9 million left over from the fiscal year that ended on June 30, the largest surplus in the last decade, city budget officials are now projecting a decline in revenue from two of its levies in fiscal year 2019, based on their performance in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.
Business owners and city officials think the Aug. 12 Unite the Right and July 8 Ku Klux Klan rallies, new shopping centers in Albemarle County and downtown parking meters are responsible in part for the lagging sales.
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