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Haines City, Florida to Focus on Retail Attraction Through New Partnership


CONTACT: Katelyn Little
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (April 25, 2022) – Haines City, Florida has formed a partnership with Retail Strategies, the leading national community development firm, to develop and execute a retail recruitment plan on behalf of the community. Through the newly-formed relationship, the Retail Strategies team will represent the community to potential retail and restaurant companies.

The city manager for Haines City, Edward Walker Dean, stated, “Our partnership with Retail Strategies ensures our city has a proactive, asset-based strategy for recruiting retailers to our area. We are well-positioned for the growth we envision in our community. Retail Strategies will act as an extension of the city to focus on attracting the right retail and restaurant brands to the community.”

“Haines City has a lot of potential with its proximity to two major metros and the steady growth happening,” said Sarah Beth Thornton, vice president of business development.

“The city has strong leadership which will make taking control of their retail opportunities a success. I am excited to see what this partnership will build.”

Through the partnership, the city will receive a tailored retail recruitment plan along with proactive retail and broker outreach by the Retail Strategies team. The team will perform a real estate market analysis of the businesses located in Haines City and identify areas of opportunity with expanding businesses. Additionally, proactive outreach to potential businesses, property owners, brokers, and developers will be made on behalf of Haines City.

About Haines City, Florida

Haines City is one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Haines City, affectionately known as the “Heart of Florida”, is located on the I-4 and US HWY 27 corridor between Orlando and Tampa.  Haines City gives residents easy access to one of Florida’s most popular tourist destinations in Orlando – which is only 37 miles away.

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About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is the national expert in recruiting businesses and strategically developing communities. Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools, and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses and destinations for tourism and quality of life amenities. With confidence, we pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate and community development expertise. Our activities pay a return in sales taxes, added jobs, and businesses that enhance and add to the unique qualities of your community.

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