Pulse Poll 2020

Early in July, Main Street Coon Rapids sent out a survey around the COVID-19 recovery. We received 114 responses which has been formulated in the results below. Click here for the full results of the survey.

COON RAPIDS PULSE POLL: 114 participants (70% female, 20% male, 10% no disclosure)

Respondents identified the following POSITIVE points about downtown Coon Rapids.

  • New businesses
  • Outdoor seating (restaurants, etc.)
  • Curbside food pickup
  • Kids’ activities
  • Three primary reasons to shop downtown:  dining, general shopping, grocery shopping
  • Respondents identified the need for either expanding or bringing in a new steakhouse, pizza, ice cream/sweets, brewery, deli sandwich/soups and casual dining restaurants.
  • Respondents identified the need for either expanding or bringing in new sporting goods/outdoor recreation, arts/crafts, women’s clothing and cards and gifts stores.

Respondents identified the following NEGATIVE points about downtown Coon Rapids:

  • Some members of community have issues with the lack of others taking COVID-19 seriously. There were a lot of comments in the survey about a lack of masks, etc.
  • Internet service (one comment)
  • Poor customer service skills at certain businesses
  • Lack of consistent business hours
  • Limited business hours
  • Employment opportunities

Respondents identified the following points about downtown Coon Rapids that could be OPPORTUNTIES FOR IMPROVEMENT:

  • Expand outdoor seating (restaurants, etc.).
  • Expand kids’ activities.
  • Root cause analysis on the "internet" performance comment - CRMU to follow up.
  • Work with businesses to get more uniformity on consistent hours.
  • Look to have at least one night a week as expanded hours (open until 7 or 8 p.m.).
  • Work with certain businesses on customer relations.
  • Continue to draw in businesses that bring with them multiple employees.
  • Continue to encourage more investment by all, with focus on "male" population (need to increase 20% response rate).
  • Continue using curb-side option for food pickup.

Interesting responses related to COVID-19

  • Majority of respondents did not waste any time to continue "shopping for general items"; 78% jumped in right away. However, there was a little more reservation for eateries; only 45% jumped in right away.
  • On-line shopping for internet sales only jumped slightly.
  • Majority of respondents will wait a "longer time" before attending indoor events while a little shorter time for outdoor events.

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