Businesses look at working together to bring more shoppers downtown

Several store owners and managers are talking about the need to form a business association of some kind to work toward drawing more locals to shop downtown.

Wrangell residents are spending an increasing amount of their dollars online, ordering from Amazon and other remote merchants. About 10% of the borough’s sales tax collections last year came from online shoppers — and the number is growing.

Forming a downtown business association isn’t about competing with or abandoning the chamber of commerce, the store owners said.

The chamber serves a lot of different interests in town, not just retail...


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