In the past 11 months, the Corona Chamber has conducted business surveys at 300 different restaurants and retail stores throughout the city of Corona. The majority of surveys completed, took place during the 91 Construction Project, which may have had an unusual effect on local businesses. However, now that the project is complete, we are finding that the 91 Construction impact was short term. Business in Corona is not only returning to its usual performance, but even surpassing previous performance in some areas. Regarding the restaurant business, our results showed that there is a shortage of qualified employees that are willing to work in this industry in Corona, despite high or low compensation. In addition to this, we have also found that homelessness has become a growing issue and safety concern for Corona businesses, their employees, customers, and of course, the homeless. Another issue is misunderstanding in regards to who is responsible, the City, Landlord, or State Agency? In fact, many stores’ issues are the responsibility of the landowner on which their building is located. Issues that should be mentioned to landowners are parking issues, infrastructure problems, security issues, and safety concerns. The city is responsible for maintaining its streets, sidewalks, and the outside parameters. This does not include rented-out business complexes or shopping malls. These findings and more, have greatly impacted business in Corona, and we are proud to say that the voices of business owners all across Corona are being heard, and action steps have begun, which will improve our local economy. If you are a business that would like to be surveyed, please contact the Corona Chamber at (951) 737-3350.
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