Front Royal asking residents where they want to shop

By Henry Culvyhouse

Front Royal officials are asking residents to weigh in on what kinds of businesses they want to see in town.

Earlier this week, the town released an online survey asking residents how much they need certain kinds of businesses, including food stores, food services, hardware and houseware stores, service industries such as banks and nail salons, retail stores and entertainment facilities.

Town Manager Steve Burke said the online survey is way for the town government, the Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority and the Small Business Development Council of Lord Fairfax Community College to find out what businesses residents want in town, as well as what businesses residents leave town to patron.

“We want to find out what residents want so the town, the EDA and the SBDC can identify what businesses to try recruiting to Front Royal,” Burke said.

According to Burke, 215 people have responded to the survey since it was posted Tuesday. With 14,400 people living in the city limits, Burke said he hopes people will continue responding so as to provide an adequate sample.

“I am very pleased with the response so far and I hope it continues,” Burke said. “I think with Kmart’s recent announcement that it is moving out of town, people are starting to think about what kinds of stores they want to shop at.”

The survey is available on the town’s website and Facebook page throughout November. Results will be released to the public sometime in December.

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or