Downtown Mall Biergarten Updated With Revenue Projections

Jerry Miller, CEO

DOWNTOWN MALL BIERGARTEN STRATEGY UPDATED WITH REVENUE PROJECTIONS FOR CITY HALL TO CONSIDER NOW:

5,000 locals/tourists/students per week X $5 per wristband/cup = $25,000 in gross incremental revenue per week.

$25,000 per week X 47 weeks (take 5 weeks off due to weather, etc) = $1,175,000 in incremental gross revenue for the City of Charlottesville per year.

Also, please consider the backend incremental tax revenue generated through the meals tax, transient occupancy tax and retail tax. If the City of Charlottesville implements this strategy, the big-time revenue potential is the backend incremental tax revenue associated with an outdoor biergarten on The Downtown Mall.

Chip Boyles, Charlottesville, Virginia’s newly-minted city manager, is an A++ dude who has already made a positive impact on our fair city. Today, Mr. Boyles is exploring the positive potential of an “outdoor refreshment area” (aka biergarten) on The Charlottesville Downtown Mall.

Mr. Boyles, Mayor Nikuyah Walker, Councilors Lloyd Snook, Sena Floyd, Heather Danforth Hill and Michael Payne and council candidates Brian Pinkston, Juandiego Wade and Yas Ariel J. Washington, please consider this strategy as soon as possible.

Please convert the entire Downtown Mall into an outdoor biergarten.

When converting The Downtown Mall into an outdoor biergarten, the City of Charlottesville should setup a “check-in” point at the heart of The Mall (Central Place across from Ivan Rekosh’s Zocalo) where it will sell wristbands and cups for $5. This “check-in” point will be staffed by one or two employees making at least $15 per hour. This “check-in” point would serve as a point-of-sale.

We, as consumers, will pay the City of Charlottesville $5 for a wristband and cup. With the wristband on and cup in-hand, we will head to local restaurants on The Mall and purchase local craft cocktails, local wine, local cider and local beer. Our favorite restaurants will pour these local spirits into a to-go plastic cup. We will then walk up and down The Mall from the Sprint Pavilion to the CODE Building with this to-go cup in our hand while supporting our beloved restaurants, music venues and retail outlets.

This strategy will yield the following:

1. This strategy will encourage Charlottesvillians & Central Virginians to return to The Downtown Mall to EAT, DRINK, SHOP, LAUGH and LOVE.

2. This strategy will jumpstart our local economy.

3. This strategy will slowly help return the hundreds of jobs we lost in Downtown CVille because of Covid-19.

4. This strategy will help locally-owned restaurants climb out of what appears to be insurmountable debt.

5. This strategy will trickle over and positively impact the locally-owned shops, music venues, hotels, transportation services and other businesses in the City of Charlottesville.

6. This strategy will help create incremental tax revenue for the City of Charlottesville. The $5 per wristband/cup generates upfront revenue. This is Day 1 revenue from an incremental revenue source. The outdoor biergarten also generates incremental backend revenue through the meals tax for the City of Charlottesville as well.

7. This strategy will inspire/create incremental tax revenue that can be allocated directly to teachers, firemen, police officers, EMTs, who are otherwise getting very little raises in 2021 from the City of Charlottesville.

8. This strategy will help fund roads, the reconfiguration of schools and other citywide infrastructure initiatives.

9. This strategy will help the City close the gap with Albemarle County, which has a tremendous advantage from a tax revenue standpoint because it has significantly more businesses at its disposal to generate said tax revenue.

10. This strategy will help the City fill the nearly 20% vacancy rate on The Downtown Mall. Please check the comments section of this post for the “Charlottesville Empty Storefront Index” across The Downtown Mall. The amount of empty storefronts are staggering.

11. This strategy will generate backend incremental tax revenue through the meals tax, transient occupancy tax and retail tax. If the City of Charlottesville implements this strategy, the big-time revenue potential is the backend incremental tax revenue associated with an outdoor biergarten on The Downtown Mall.

12. This strategy would work quite well in Albemarle County, especially in two locations: The Shops at Stonefield and the Town of Scottsville. I kindly encourage Albemarle County Board Of Supervisors Ned Gallaway, Diantha H. McKeel, Beatrice LaPisto, Ann Mallek, Donna Paula Price and Liz Palmer and Scottsville Town Manager Matt Lawless to consider this concept as well.

In conclusion, I respectfully ask Mr. Boyles, Charlottesville City Hall, Charlottesville City Council and Charlottesville candidates to act now. Action is needed. We must be innovative as a community to overcome a pandemic of generational proportions. Thank you, kindly. ~ I Love CVille

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Jerry Miller, CEO & Publisher

Jerry Miller is the founder & CEO of I Love CVille, VMV Brands and I Love CVille Real Estate, which are all head-quartered on The Historic Charlottesville Downtown Mall. Jerry is passionate about the #ShopLocal movement and supporting local merchants, restaurants, breweries and wineries. Get to know Jerry at JerryMillerNow.com.