New boost to Concession Street, as
Nine new businesses have set up shop
in the past six months
By MARK NEWMAN
Mountain News, Hamilton
Monday, March 21, 2002
While some stores have closed and others are haggling with
their landlords over rental fees, the general business climate
appears to be improving along Concession Street.
Nine new businesses have opened within the six months, many
began in January.
"We are going through a real transition
of growth at the moment," said John Woolcott, president
of the Concession Street Business Improvement Area (BIA).
"When a door closes, a window opens."
On January 1st, the BIA zone expanded to Upper Gage in the
east and near Upper Wellington in the west.
Among the new operators is Dez Miklòs,
a Mountain resident and former hotel operator who opened the
"Say Dez!" School of Safe Driving in January.
Mr. Miklòs said Concession Street proprovides the
ideal location for his business.
"Up here on Concession Street, pretty
well everybody knows everybody," said Mr. Miklòs
during a classroom break last week.
Mr. Miklòs considered locating his business downtown
but chose Concession Street instead.
"I'm not pleased with downtown,"
Mr. Miklòs said. "You almost have to force people
to go downtown."
Mr. Miklòs likened Concession street to Westdale
Village and plans to take an active role in the local BIA.