December 23, 2022 11:00am

Power Poll: Birmingham's most-wanted retailer is ...

There's a clear leader when it comes to the retailer Birmingham leaders want to see

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Birmingham, AL Correspondent

There's a clear choice for the retailer Birmingham leaders want to see come to the Magic City, but there's even less debate about the favorite shopping destination in the area.

Those are a couple takeaways from the latest Power Poll Birmingham, a monthly poll that takes the pulse of influentuial local leaders.

Just like it was during a Birmingham Business Journal poll in 2014, Ikea was the top choice when respondents were asked which retailer they'd most like to see in Birmingham.

The Sweden-based furniture giant garnered 40% of the vote, followed by Nordstrom (the area has a Nordstrom Rack location but not a full Nordstrom) and Crate & Barrel.

The Summit was an easy winner when respondents were asked about their favorite local shopping destination, netting 77% of the vote. No other destination got more than 4%.

Of course, brick-and-mortar retailers have been forced to adapt their strategies in recent years as more consumers have shifted their shopping online.

That was also reflected in the Power Poll, with only 4% of respondents saying they do the bulk of their shopping in person. Most preferred a mix of online and in-store.

The poll also highlighted the great divide between large national retailers and their locally owned counterparts, with two-thirds of respondents saying they do less than half of their retail spending at locally owned small businesses.

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About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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