Plenty of space for rent in Havelock

Published: Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 08:36 PM.

Even just sprucing up a complex can be costly. In 2012, Ken Schulte, owner of the Slocum Shopping Center, said he spent six figures on a new façade and signs at his complex that houses 10 retail stores, but the improvements were noticed. The Havelock Chamber of Commerce presented Schulte with a business appearance award, and business owners in the complex said they received compliments on the new look from customers.

But, as Havelock Mayor Will Lewis admits, other complexes in the city need improvement.

“There are places in Havelock that could still use a little bit of help,” he said. “The economy is a huge factor and owners just don’t have a lot of money to throw into that, and if they do, they are on an extremely tight budget and doing just the bare minimums to make it look a little bit better.”

Some cities offer financial incentives to business owners to make building improvements, but Lewis said the city does not. He said some federal money could be available to help.

“I think there are a lot of opportunities like that that will make a huge difference,” Lewis said. “Our board is committed to making our city look like an inviting place and that includes our businesses, too.”

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