Local Business Plans Expansion Along Streetcar Line

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Even before construction has begun, the Cincinnati Streetcar is spurring development and job creation along the line. From this week’s Soapbox:

Jean-Francois Flechet has spent the last four years growing his business, A Taste of Belgium; The Authentic Waffle, from a single waffle iron in a produce stand at Findlay Market to four locations and 30 employees in two cities.

In May, the native of Belgium will move his headquarters from Findlay Market to 12th and Vine Streets in Over-the-Rhine, establishing his fifth location. From there, he plans to branch out and begin licensing the business he built on a recipe that has become a fixture at markets and events around Cincinnati…

“Once the streetcar stops at the Freedom Center you can get a waffle there, you can stop at 12th and Vine and get a waffle, and you can go to Findlay Market and get a waffle,” he said. “So whenever it gets the funds to go to Clifton, we’ll put another one at the stop there.”

[Editor’s Note: upon being informed the Cincinnati Streetcar already has the funding to go to Clifton in the first phase, Mr. Flechet responded “I better get ready to open a another location. The waffles are coming to UC!”]

Read the rest here.


Image: Scott Bessler of Soapbox


3 thoughts on “Local Business Plans Expansion Along Streetcar Line

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    Brenda said:
    January 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Nice to have your business subsidized by my taxes. I pay taxes to keep the Freedom Center going, Findlay market going, and now the street car. Maybe a taxpayers we should get a discount on your waffles.

    AK WAT said:
    January 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Brenda your taxes will not be subsidizing ‘A Taste of Belgium’. Your taxes will support the construction of the streetcar, which is near guarantee to spur economic development along its route, which will improve business in those areas, demanding employees. These employees (like the 30 at A Taste Of Belgium), will need a place to live close to where they work. So they move into the city limits, increasing the population, bringing more people, culture, and resources within our reach, while simultaneously preserving our cities historic features, and building new landmarks. Landmarks like The Freedom Center and Findlay Market, landmarks that true Cincinnatians take pride in.

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