Wherever people live, they must shop for necessities as well as items they want. The world of online shopping has taken away much of the business of local stores, but there are still plenty of customers to browse and buy. There are fewer and smaller retail spaces being build near subdivisions, but they are still part of the general makeup of new areas that are being created. While not all those who buy a home in the new development will shop in the new retail areas, good roads or public transportation will ensure outsiders will take advantage of the new retail space for their shopping needs.
Many new housing and retail areas are currently being built in areas that have just added a new beltway around a growing city, and some of them are in areas where new stops on a commuter rail line are planned. These are the best areas for developers to center their businesses because it usually gives them open land to start, and planned communities have become a place where people want to live.
Commuters who move into these areas are looking for an easy way to get to work, but they also want to live outside the city and its immediate suburbs. They see new communities of this type as a place where their family will be safe, and they are also interested in buying a new home that will need little maintenance for a long time. For them it is the balance of a good home, a nice neighborhood and nearby amenities.
Small businesses and large chains find these new developments a boon for them due to the availability of locals to work for them as well as shop in their stores. They see the same advantages in the new areas that homeowners are seeking, but they have the added incentive of opening a shop that has a good chance for success.