The J.C. Penneyat the Muscatine mall will be closing, but city officials tell us they will do everything they can to keep businesses in the city.
"We try to offer incentives to the local businesses that are already here to try to retain those positions if they are contemplating a new location we want to work with them try to keep them in the community," said Steven Boca, Director of Community Development.
Officials have been trying to revitalize downtown Muscatine. And for business owner Tina McNamara she feels the support of the community
"The community was helpful when we put out that we needed clothing to start a consignment shop, they brought stuff in and got it going. The community helped a lot," said McNamara.
The city is realistic about the fact they cannot compete with nearby cities.
But, they still want businesses to grow in the area.
"Not only grow them, but we want to retain them. We want them to stay here. We want them to feel welcome, and we want to encourage them to expand," said Boca.
For some residents, it's essential to shop locally.
"I do most of my shopping downtown, try to keep it local and support the businesses downtown," said resident Mitchell Orr.
Still for some residents shopping locally provides a challenge.
"I go to the Quad Cities to go shopping, because for little girls clothes there is more there. Little girls clothes are hard to find," said resident Andrea Kreitner.
"It's kind of a drag, they want you to shop locally but all the shopping is going away. Where are you supposed to shop?" said resident Jane Mosley.
The plan is for the J.C. Penney store to close sometime in may.
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