Friday, August 26, 2011
Hey Chris why can't we have a ...........around here??
Lets talk about rumors and what the reality is when it comes to some of the bigger name restaurants that people have asked me about. For a long period of time there have been rumors floating around about Waldorf getting a P.F. Chang's and a Cheesecake Factory. I will just start off by telling you they are completely false. It was a rumor that started when the Peterson company began planning the Waldorf Town Center, a "lifestyle center" that was supposed to be built in the former Stardust location on Route 301. The plans for that shopping center have been put on a definate hold because the Peterson company is currently working on the expansion of the National Harbor. Now the land is for sale and are looking for other developers. So anyway back to why we can't get some of these well knows places. The biggest problem....population. A place like the Cheesecake Factory requires a large daytime population to keep it running. The last time I spoke to them they wanted a population of 250,000 people within a 5 mile radius of the location to be built and we are nowhere close to that. We are just reaching 150,000 total in the county! We also have a problem here because of the amount of people that leave the county to work and that's not good for us. If we cant fill restaurants during lunch then they wont be able to survive. The dinner crowd just won't pay the bills. Other smaller places requested that I have looked into have another issue..franchise owners. If no one wants to run a Krispy Kreme or a Salad Works then we aren't going to get one. All I can do is call the franchise and offer my services to help someone find a location when the time comes. So if you are an entrepreneur and are ready and able to start up a new business, we are here to help you through the process.