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Williamsburg-area retail vacancies could be 'red flag'

Williamsburg-area retail vacancies could be 'red flag'

Although business has picked up since the end of the recession, retail sales in greater Williamsburg still aren't what they should be, according to some observers.

You can tell that by the number of vacant stores in the area.

Those empty stores could be a "red flag" as a candidate for City Council recently opined, or it could be that businesses are just moving closer to where the customers are. And a certain number of vacancies are normal, reflecting the coming and goings of businesses.

"About 7 to 8 percent is a normal vacancy rate," said Chris Henderson, a commercial real estate broker and developer. "If you look at some parts of our retail...