Blog: PC's Ample Parking, Highway Proximity Attract Growth

A New Rochelle-based blogger laments his city's lack of parking, and says there are lessons to learn from Port Chester's revitalization.

What makes Port Chester an attractive target for retailers and investors betting on revitalization?

"Parking, parking, parking," says one local blogger, in a post titled "Port Chester Leap Frogs New Rochelle (Again) With New Whole Foods."

The post, on New Rochelle's Talk of the Sound blog, follows news that high-end grocer Whole Foods chose Port Chester as one of eight sites for new stores scheduled to open beginning in 2013. The Port Chester Whole Foods will replace the former A&P at the now-vacant 575 Boston Post Rd.

The new store will be situated in the village's busiest plaza, with easy access by I-95 and I-287.

"What differentiates the new Port Chester location from anything offered up by New Rochelle is the presence of ample and easy access parking," the post reads.

Like Port Chester, New Rochelle's revitalization efforts are dependent on attracting new business and increasing tax rolls.

The blog post also praises Port Chester's downtown for offering plenty of parking next to hotspots like bartaco.

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