- Associated Press - Saturday, March 1, 2014

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A major clothing store is eyeing a 50,000-square foot store in Bennington, the community’s economic and community development director told the town selectboard recently.

Director Michael Harrington said the store was among 16 companies had had contact with in January in which he discussed the possibility one or more of them could open a business in the southwestern Vermont community.

A list provided to the select board by Harrington at the request of member John McFadden removed the names of the businesses, but they included coffee shops, gas stations, restaurants and the “major clothing store.”

At the Feb. 24 meeting, McFadden asked if the business would move to Bennington if it could find the space it needs.

“In terms of that specific one, if they can find a location with the space under certain terms and conditions they are looking for, they will come, I’ve been told,” Harrington said.

The Bennington Banner (http://bit.ly/1bVzz7R ) reports that Town Manager Stuart Hurd feels there is nothing the town can do now to facilitate business’s move to Bennington.

Harrington it’s not clear if the town can do anything to encourage the business.

“Many times where we see things break down is between the actual property owner and the business,” Harrington said. “What ends up happening is they’re looking for specific amenities at the space, they’re looking for a size, they’re looking at cost, and the property owner is unable to meet the requirements.”

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Information from: Bennington Banner, http://www.benningtonbanner.com