|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2004|
||Press Secretary Carlene Orig|
Mayor Barrett Promotes Shopping in Milwaukee
Milwaukee—Mayor Tom Barrett today encouraged people to do their holiday shopping in Milwaukee. "This City is filled with many unique and interesting stores where shoppers can find great gifts," stated Mayor Barrett. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers, 14% of consumers are undecided as to where they plan to do most of their holiday shopping. "For those undecided, there upscale shops in Milwaukee's Third Ward and Brady Street that sell men and women's clothing" said Barrett. "You can also find delicious chocolates made at the Northern Chocolate Company on N. Martin Luther King Drive or wonderful baked goods at the Lopez Bakery on Historic Mitchell Street. "Milwaukee is also home to many art galleries and locally owned jewelry stores."
Mayor Barrett says you don't have to go far to do your holiday shopping, "with high gas prices and the holidays just around the corner, shopping in Milwaukee makes sense." "People who live in Milwaukee must also realize that spending our dollars here in the City is necessary to help keep the local economy strong and thriving." Retail sales in Milwaukee total nearly $11.5 billion. Mayor Barrett stopped by several shopping areas in the City to say thank you to store owners and employees for their hard work and investing in the community.
The City of Milwaukee has 109 general merchandise stores, 454 apparel and accessory stores, 774 home furniture, furnishings, and equipment stores and 2055 miscellaneous retail stores. There are a total of 3,392 retail businesses in Milwaukee.