Through a grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Technical Assistance Grant, the Town of Centreville Main Street program was able to complete a market study.
In January 2015, Centreville Main Street retained JGSC Group to conduct a retail study of the Main Street District. Main Street lies at the heart of downtown Centreville, and its center point is the old Courthouse Square that dates back to 1794. The goal of the retail study is to identify opportunities to recruit new retail stores and restaurants to the Main Street District, and to recommend strategies for revitalizing retail commerce there.
The object of the analysis was the Main Street District commercial area. The study area includes about 30 block facings covering roughly 0.25 square miles (about 160 acres) as shown in the map, previous page. If the center is considered to be the intersection of Lawyer’s Row and North Commerce Street, then the district extends no more than one-quarter mile in any direction, making it all highly walkable. Within the study area there are approximately 90 at-grade retail businesses. Most of these are service businesses that do not attract shoppers, and do not contribute to the browseshopping experience in what is otherwise a beautiful area to walk through.