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One reader asked ''Why is it so difficult to get some large sit-down chain restaurants in our area?''
Answer: The major reasons why Green Valley and Sahuarita have issues drawing large sit-down restaurant chains boils down to population size, proximity of their other restaurants and issues with zoning and property laws.
"The area getting new, non-fast-food restaurants will depend on restaurateurs deciding to establish their businesses here,'' according to Town of Sahuarita Communications Coordinator Mark Febbo. ''With the growth of our population, we are hopeful that it will be only a matter of time before we see some new restaurants popping up.''
Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce President Randy Graf believes that large sit-down chain restaurateurs primarily look to open business in markets with larger populations that aren't in proximity of their other restaurants.
''I know this is a common question and I don't know that I have an exact answer," Graf said. ''Many of these national retailers and chain restaurants look for a minimum population size and then match that up with the proximity of their other stores. I am guessing if they have a store 15 or 20 minutes up the road on Valencia or Irvington, it will draw many of these customers who would like them to be here."
Graf went on to point out two other issues that specifically hinder large sit-down chain restaurants from setting up shop in Green Valley.
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