Editor's note: This is the second of three stories in a series related to the Retail and Restaurant Study results released by the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce's Retail Development Committee in April. The study surveyed consumers in Adams and surrounding counties to find out where they shop and how they perceive local retail offerings — restaurants, furniture outlets, clothing shops, grocery stores and more.
It's a catchphrase people often use when they're thinking about shopping for big-ticket items: "That's the place."
"Lincoln is the place to shop for appliances," for instance.
Or: "Kearney is the place to find a wide selection of electronics."
"You hear some people from Hastings say Grand Island is the place to go to the mall," said Tom Hastings, president of the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce.
So what does it take to become "the place"? And where does Hastings lie on the map of shopping options in the area and in the state?
Is Hastings "the place" for some products and services?
According to results from the phone and online retail survey conducted by the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce's Retail Development Committee this spring, Hastings does have some of the elements of a shopping "destination," but it depends on where consumers are coming from — and what they're looking for.