Businesses Struggle to Stay Alive on Dickson


A Fayetteville eatery is joining other businesses in closing down –causing high turnover in the downtown area. 

“Everyone loves BBQ,” Owner of Sauced Rodney Slane said. “It seems to be the new trending thing.” 

But is trendy going to cut it

“We are visible as we can be,” Slane said. “But we can’t get anyone into the door here.” 

Rodney Slane owns Sauced – a BBQ restaurant that opened around a month ago. 

The business took a chance while watching its neighbors close. 

“I don’t know why these places are dying,” Slane said. “Is it because the rent is high ? Maybe. I knew the rent was going to be high but the support of business is difficult.” 

Slane’s business isn’t the only one that’s struggling though…

On Tuesday, Blackboard Grocery and Watery announced on social media it will be closing at the end of December. 

Just this week – an Insomia Cookies sign replaced the long standing Waffle House. 

And a vacant Qdoba Mexican Cuisine sits on the corner – for almost a year now. 

President of the Chamber of Commerce Steve Clark says recently he’s seen a battle between national and local business.

“If a kid has been to a Whataburger in Texas, then they are going to have Whataburger in Arkansas, then they aren’t going to go to a Hugos.”

But Clark says this phase of changes is still normal… 

“It’s a rhythm,” Clark said. “Every cycle 5 or 6 places will change but the vacancies don’t last long and 3 to 6 months of being vacant isn’t too long. “

Slane says his business is ready to brave the beast – but to survive…. there always a price tag. 

“My prices directly affect the high cost of rent,” Slane said. “I have to factor that in to the cost of goods just like a household.”

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce tells me in 2019 they will have a new position called a retail specialist who’s goal will be to help businesses boost their goals and attract vendors from across the country. 

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