Does Maple Valley need big retail stores? A feature in the Seattle Time's Sunday
SE Living supplement examines that question. Our close proximity to Covington and Issaquah provides expanded shopping options. Are we missing out on Sales tax revenue. Most residents speak about the possibility of losing our "small town feel" However new housing is built consistently.
Without the option of curtailing or stalling population growth, it may be imperative to encourage more retail options. Perhaps we can look at neighbor Issaquah, which has allowed the stores and still kept it's attractiveness.