Walkable Cities: A Big Trend

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Instead of driving cars, more young Americans are walking to their shopping destinations.  That big city trend is starting to hit downtown Sioux Falls.

From hard liquor to hardware, a big transformation is taking place in a downtown Sioux Falls building.

As KELOLAND News first reported two weeks ago, the old Sid’s Crown Liquor and Texaco building will be home to a new Nyberg’s Ace.

“We do want to incorporate the history of Sid’s and possibly Texaco into the building,” owner Kevin Nyberg said.

Across the nation, more businesses are moving downtown. It’s a trend that is also popping up in Sioux Falls.

“We’ve been looking to come downtown for a long time. Downtown has become a vibrant community,” Nyberg said.

Many of the downtown businesses also have a different look and feel to them. They’re smaller and cater to those who are on the go or are walking from their house or work. For example, the new Ace location will be 5,700 square feet, compared to the other stores that are around 25,000 square feet.

“The evolution of a small, convenient hardware store coming back downtown is really kind of a cool thing,” Nyberg said.

Another example, a smaller grocery store that opened in August in downtown Sioux Falls. Keller’s Green Grocery has food essentials, along with specialty items and meals.

“If it’s from a loaf of bread that you need that day to a pound of bacon or fresh fruit,” General Manager Travis Petersen said.

In addition to the people who live downtown, business owners are also looking to attract the thousands of people who work in the area.

“They’re walking about a block or two. They seem happy about it. They like the fresh air and getting out and being part of that healthy lifestyle,” Petersen said.

A healthy lifestyle that Nyberg hopes will soon include hardware.

“People need hardware-related items, and we’re going to be here to service them,” Nyberg said.

Lewis Drug had also planned to open a smaller store in downtown Sioux Falls this spring.  However, after the building collapsed during construction, the business hasn’t announced its future plans yet.

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