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Six businesses close in downtown Chattanooga

There are now six businesses that have closed their doors in downtown Chattanooga in 2017. (Image: WTVC)

With the closing of Sip Coffee, there are now six businesses that have closed their doors in downtown Chattanooga in 2017.

Those businesses are 212 Market, Henpecked, Raw Dance Club, Porker's BBQ, World of Beer, and Sip Coffee.

Amy Donahue with River City says that despite the closings, the tourism market in Chattanooga is very strong.

Malerie, the Bar Manager at Frothy Monkey says she has seen many businesses close in her time here. She has been with the business since it opened and understands that the Northshore is a "a very competitive area."

She does attribute some of their success to location, however.

"It's a little bit easier for us because we are attached to the Choo Choo so we get some of those tourists."

Since not all areas have the same traffic, Donahue says consumers should share how they feel about their local businesses.

Donahue is not worried about the affect this will have on downtown Chattanooga. "We have over 3 million annual visitors I don't think that is changing anytime soon," she says.

There is something that Amy foresees adding more business potential to the area and that is more permanent residents, however - "A lot of housing that is about to come online downtown."

With businesses closing, Amy believes this is the key to success: "If we can increase our residential numbers, then that helps retailers and restaurants feel more comfortable putting in concepts."

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