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The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce held its first Business Walk on August 23rd in an effort to gain invaluable feedback from various businesses (both members and non-members alike) in the community. The Business Walk took place in the Newland Shopping Center and surrounding area. President/CEO James O’Callaghan was accompanied by Council Member Billy O’ Connell, Board Member Jim Duncan, videographer Matt Liffreing and Marketing Coordinator Charlene Nowak. They visited with several local businesses including Slaters 50/50, Mother’s Market, Hand & Stone Massage, Luna B boutique, Albertsons, and Beach Dental Group.

With the ongoing construction that began in early 2016, the main concern is how construction has affected businesses in the Newland Shopping Center. The consensus was loss of foot traffic, resulting in slow sales. One of the remedies to help boost sales includes 20 percent off to-go orders and restaurant specials, something that Mother’s Market has offered its customers. A strong customer loyalty base has also helped these businesses endure tough times as the construction continues. “We look forward to increased foot traffic and future partnerships with the opening of the new restaurants next door once the construction concludes,” said Jerry Meza, Office Manager of Beach Dental Group.

Another concern is the homeless seeking shelter behind grocery stores such as Mother’s Market or in the previously vacant space next to Beach Dental Group. A positive of the current construction is the constant activity in the parking lot, temporarily warding off panhandling and loitering of transients.

This is one of many new changes President/CEO James O’Callaghan is implementing to gain a better perspective of the concerns that local businesses have and how the Huntington Beach Chamber can better serve their community. “Getting out and meeting business owners and operators where they are Serving their constituents allows us to better meet their needs.”

The Business Walk will occur monthly, with the next one scheduled at the end of September. Check back here for the latest updates!

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