Richmond-themed store sought for visitor center at BART station

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The City of Richmond is seeking vendors interested in setting up a Richmond-themed retail store at the new Downtown Richmond Visitor Center at the BART station.

The store will augment a visitor center, located at 1600 Nevin Plaza, which aims to serve as a gateway to a growing, revitalizing downtown. As reported here, the downtown is growing with over 1,000 new housing units in development and the emerging Richmond Business Hub, according to the mayor’s office.

The Downtown Property and Business Improvement District, administered by the Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI), has recently relocated their offices to the visitor center.

The retail store that will join RMSI is a “one-of-a-kind opportunity to showcase a wide range of Richmond-specific merchandise at the site with the heaviest foot traffic in the city,” the mayor’s office’s announcement states. “The City of Richmond will lease the space with no base rent and is eager to partner with vendors to establish a successful retail business.”

Photo credit: RMSI

The City has issued a Request for Qualifications & Proposals  and invited interested retail vendors to a site tour on April 1, according to the Richmond Mayor’s Office. Vendors should respond to the RFQ/P by April 22.

“Unparalleled access to potential customers is provided by seamless connections to the Richmond Multi-Modal Transit Station, the new Richmond Business Hub, the historic main street corridor, and a large residential community that is growing with over 1,000 new housing units in development,” the statement said.