Some businesses are saying the City of Rock Island's business incubator isn't working.
At the Shoppes on 2nd in Rock Island QC Collective used to sell clothes, candles, jewelry and even spices but the owners have moved out, they say it was too difficult to figure out times with all the other stores.
But the City of Rock Island says this incubator is doing exactly what it's supposed to.
Andy Skadberg and his wife opened up shop in November of last year.
"People have been coming in here and they ask me if there's only one shop and I say no, there's actually 6, and they say well why aren't they open?"
They say all the other businesses make their own hours, and a lot of times, they're the only shop open.
"The hours are 11-6 Tue-Fri and 10-4 on Sat so we've committed to be there during those hours."
So, after just breaking even, they've moved on, freeing up their time to tackle other projects.
But Brian Hollenback with Renaissance Rock Island says the shops at this location are supposed to be temporary.
"The business model of an incubator is to get it up and running, you provide the additional assistance and hope they can move into another venue."
He says it's not unusual for the business owners to take on another job.
It's also not expected that all the shops be open at the same times.
"You can come up with the perfect example of everyone being there, but that's just not realistic, it's to foster the entrepreneurial spirit."
He also says the city is putting together a commercial to help advertise the incubator.
QC Collective will still sell a lot of their stuff through Skeleton Key which is moving into town.
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