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EDC Surveys Residents and Businesses
This past September, the Kennebunk Economic Development Committee conducted an on-line survey among approximately 1,000 residents and businesses. Surveyed separately to see how much difference there was in each group’s opinion---the results of both surveys, were surprisingly similar. Information included in the summary covers consumer shopping habits both here and in surrounding communities as well as what shoppers look for, what levels of service they expect and what kinds of businesses they hope to see in the future.

Near term, both groups thought that a movie theater and bakery would fit well into the current landscape of Main Street businesses. And actually a bakery (Boulangere) will open next spring next to the Village Pharmacy in the location once occupied by Old Home Parts behind the Waterhouse Center.

Long term, 65% of residents said that in a decade they hoped to see our downtown flourishing with “an aesthetic blend of green space, natural elements, pedestrian level amenities with a historic flavor.” Meanwhile 70% of those same residential respondents hoped that by then the downtown will be described as “a meeting place and center of community activities with a mix of coffee shops, brew pubs, cultural and recreational spaces.” The results of both surveys are very interesting to any business owner looking at a long-term future in Kennebunk.

Kennebunk Resident Consumer Survey results

Kennebunk Business Owner Survey results