HJSMS releases business profile of district

Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), a business promotion organization, has released a business profile document of the district that has found that the area has “great transit access” and has renowned and diverse restaurants, such as El Oriental de Cuba and The Haven, that draw people from outside the neighborhood.

The profile, which was done by Peg Barringer of FinePoint Associates with help from HJSMS’s Economic Development Committee and funding from the City’s Boston Main Streets, can be found here: bit.ly/2ln4QY3.

“We’ll use this document to recruit complementary businesses to our district that add value to existing businesses and in promoting shoppers to support them,” said HJSMS Executive Director Gerald Robbins in an email.

Robbins wrote that some of the findings in the report include:

  • A proliferation of businesses catering to the Latino market (products, food, services);
  • Anchor food stores at either end of the district (Whole Foods in Hyde Square and Stop and Shop in Jackson Square);
  • Great transit access: Jackson Square and Stony Brook Orange Line stations, Heath Street Green Line station, Route 39 bus (from Forest Hills to Back Bay via S.Huntington/Huntington Avenue), Route 41 bus (from Monument in JP to UMass Boston via Centre Street, Dudley Street, and Columbia Road);
  • Two-thirds of store-front businesses are local and independently-owned;
  • 34 retail establishments;
  • 24 eating and drinking places;
  • 57 service businesses;
  • Respected and diverse eateries that bring people from outside the neighborhood such as El Oriental de Cuba, The Haven, Blue Nile, and Alex’s Chimi’s.

The profile is part of HJSMS’s asset mapping project, which is collecting information about the district through research, surveys, and conversations. For more information about the mapping project, visit bit.ly/2lmXeVD. To take a survey, visit conta.cc/2lmUsPS.

HJSMS will present its preliminary findings of its conversations with people in the neighborhood on Feb. 28 at The Old Havana Restaurant at 6:30 p.m.


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