Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A New Rochester?

Without a doubt, Rochester has had to deal with a fair amount of adversity over the years.  The downsizing and/or relocation of many large employers has translated into the loss of thousands of manufacturing jobs.  And watching a once vibrant downtown bleed residents and businesses is an experience many would choose to forget.  Yet somehow, someway, Rochester has managed to chug along.  For those of us who don't know any better, optimism seems to come easy.  Here is a brief (and incomplete) glance at Rochester since 2007:

  • Economy: Economic indicators can be mixed, but two facts are worth noting.   In 2007, prior to the recession, unemployment in Rochester was under 5% - it is under 5% now.  And all jobs lost in the recession have been regained.
  • New Retail Options (half of which are within city limits): Hart's Local Grocers, Trader Joe's, West Elm, Benrus, Von Maur, Costco, Century Pittsford Wines, and L.L. Bean
  • New Food and Beverage Options (ALL of which are within city limits!): The Revelry, Good Luck, Blu Wolf Bistro, City Grill Rochester, Lento, TRATA, Char Steak & Lounge, Village Bakery, Tap & Mallet, Genesee Brew House, Lost Borough Brewing Company, Roc Brewing Company, Swiftwater Brewing, Three Heads Brewing (coming soon), Black Button Distilling, Joe Bean, Pour Coffee Parlor, and Fuego Coffee Roasters


  1. You can add Mr. Tire to the list of new retail options. They have expanded locally recently and they are owned by a locally based company (Monro Muffler).

  2. Girija and Sandeep NaiduOctober 9, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Here are a few more that come to our mind:

    Pi Craft Pizza is a new locally owned restaurant start up that has a very promising future.

    Whole Foods is scheduled to open a store in 2017 in Rochester.

    The Lego company has chosen the Eastview mall to be home to its only retail location in New York state outside the Manhattan/Westchester area...