Too Many Baseball Stores, Jane Forbes Clark Suggests

Too Many Baseball Stores,

Jane Forbes Clark Suggests

Let’s Work Together To Revive Downtown,
Cooperstown’s Benefactress Tells Chamber

Jane Forbes Clark told Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce members this morning that the village’s downtown, which lost the CVS and Cooperstown General Store in recent months, is at a crossroads, and she adopted the chamber’s 2018 of “togetherness” as a way toward a solution.  The Hall of Fame chairman said store rents – as high as $7,000 a month – are “too high” to achieve mixed retail offerings, and that there are too many baseball stores.  While suggesting no specific solutions, she detailed the hundreds of thousands of visitors Clark entities – The Hall, The Fenimore and The Otesaga among them – attract to Cooperstown annually, potential customers for downtown establishments that can figure out how to bring them in the doors.  (Parker Fish/


4 thoughts on “Too Many Baseball Stores, Jane Forbes Clark Suggests

  1. Mike Marzocco

    They’ve been pushing nothing but baseball and tourism for twenty years or more, to the detriment of any other industry. Now that they’ve reached the saturation point, there’s little else to fall back on.

  2. carolyn e deridder

    would like to have a movie theater back in our town again, I know our children would enjoy having a place close by . A place they could walk to and see movies shows also adults without having to go all the way to Oneonta or to New Hartford . Even a small town like popular Old Forge has one. I know My granddaughter has written you a letter maybe a year ago asking you.She was happy that you wrote her back, but the answer was not what she wanted to hear maybe you will reconsider at least think about it.

  3. Anonymous

    And yet you add more baseball to the Cooperstown general store maybe if there rent wasn’t so high it would have stayed.. there is nothing to go down street for anymore except for the post office how sad we are a community that only cares about tourism …

  4. Anonymous

    Hi from Sue – I just wanted say how much I enjoyed last week’s issue and the photo of the large group inside the First Presby. Church for the Martin Luther King, Jr. even was just beautiful. Keep up the great work.

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