Town survey to identify needed businesses completed by 499

Most people who completed a town-sponsored shopping survey would prefer to shop near where they live instead of where they work.

Most people who completed a town-sponsored shopping survey would prefer to shop near where they live instead of where they work.

The survey probed shopping and eating habits of area residents and the businesses that would entice them to purchase goods and services in the Marina, Lakeshore, Gateway and Centennial districts.

Titled “What’s Your Pleasure? Fill in the blanks … so we can help you fill your bags!” was completed by 499 people, said Vicki Kurz, the town’s economic development officer, in a media release. Results will be tabulated over the next few weeks then posted on the town’s website.

Mayor Susan Samson indicated they were “pleased to have been able to engage both newer residents and younger families of the community, as well as those who have lived here for many years.” Survey results indicated over 82 per cent of residents would prefer to shop near where they live.

That’s good news since the 2011 Statistics Canada census revealed over 38 per cent of Sylvan Lake residents work in Red Deer.

Samson stated Kurz will be pursuing top identified business types to fulfill the goods and services needs of the community.

Initial results from the goods and services gap analysis indicated that 69 per cent of those who completed the online survey were 25-54 years of age and over 80 per cent were female.

John Law, Pam Chiasson and Curtis Setso won $50 gift certificates for downtown restaurants for participating in the survey.