Merced's Main Street may look more prosperous in the coming months.
In a sign that downtown Merced may be regaining its place as the center of Merced, at least seven new store-front businesses have opened or are set to open in the coming months.
A cafe, a bike shop, a comic store and a bakery, among others, will soon be part of Main Street's growing family of businesses.
Frank Quintero, the city's development manager, said the new businesses coming to downtown are a sign that there's at least a small boost of confidence in the local economy. He said the wheels are also being greased by some local landlords. Some property owners are being more flexible than usual with rents and even helping out with improvements on the properties, he said.
The new stores include several firsts, a few additions and one replacement.
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