Potential for Retail Trades in Rural Communities
Local decisionmakers in rural trade centers are faced with a number of questions concerning future growth of retail trades. What types of retail businesses can a community support? How many firms can thrive in the community? How many employees wiU there be? In which trades is there already an overcapacity? In which trades is there potential for expansion? To help answer these questions, the numbers of firms and employees in nonmetropolitan towns for 33 retail trades were obtained from Dun and Bradstreet data files for Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.