Employment, housing sales and shopping center leasing have all been rising steadily in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and in November, the Brookings Institution named it one of only three U.S. metro areas to have fully recovered from the Great Recession.
Yet independent specialty retailers are not rubbing their hands in anticipation of robust spring sales.
Roller-coaster business in the fourth quarter combined with uneasiness over Congressional feuding and relentless online competition has merchants taking a guarded outlook with projections, calling for flat sales or small gains.
“Absolutely, we are in as good a place as anybody can be, but even though we might be insulated from a hurricane or a school shooting, it doesn’t mean people are not affected by what is happening in the news,” said Brian Bolke, co-owner of the Forty Five Ten luxury store.
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