Huntingdon looks to get more businesses downtown

Huntingdon, Pa. - Huntingdon Borough officials continue to work on getting more unique businesses downtown. 


In effort to help more small businesses move into empty store fronts, committees have been formed to help prospective owners set up shop. 

 

Several businesses have moved to larger plazas outside the borough to attract more customers.


Another hurdle is attracting Juniata College students to the downtown area with a variety of shops and restaurants that appeal to them. 


Officials said more specialized shops downtown could attract even more tourists from Raystown Lake and other attractions around the county. 


While there has been a steady increase of new stores going in over the past couple of years, challenges still exist.


"When you get into a small town, you have to deal with renovations of historic buildings and things like that. So there are a couple of hurdles to overcome for a small business to actually set up in certain buildings downtown," Executive Director for HCBI Robert Reitman said.


Reitman said the committees are still in the process of starting up and figuring out how to help perspective business owners. 


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