Local businesses thriving at River Park Shopping Center

FRESNO, California

Ooh La La Manager Lindsay Tatarian said, "But since we've been here all we've done is thrive and I think what helps us is support from the community."

The women's clothing store has grown from its former store to a space which is three times the size. Tatarian says while there may be retail competition, the store has found success with a local connection.

Tatarian added, "They can order off a catalog or a magazine but they one thing they miss is the face to face interaction and that's the one thing we offer that sets us apart."

There's been some recent changes at the shopping center. One of River Park's original and local businesses, World Sports Cafe, shut its doors for good. And other big stores like H&M are moving in.

"River Park is growing and there are stores coming in that are national stores, but it's not something that worries us because we do have a strong clientele, a strong customer base," explained Tatarian.

There are other local retailers in the center. Sole 2 Soul, a running store, just opened a few months ago in River Park.

Kristen Escobar said, "We really pride ourselves on giving that one on one interaction when customers come in, make sure they are getting the best service and we're putting them in the best shoe possible."

Escobar says employees are trained to even look at the way you walk and run to give you the best fit.

"So it's not just a sale to us, it's a passion that we have for running and that's what we want to pass on to our customers," explained Escobar.

And local retailers at River Park say they'll continue to count on their loyal customers to keep them in businesses.

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