Bend has drawn many new national or regional retailers in the past six months, but some of the biggest names aren't ready to open stores in the area yet.
"We're drawing national attention," said Noelle Fredland, marketing director for the Old Mill District. "They're looking at us, but saying no because of our population."
From about 2005 to 2007, national retailers like Best Buy and Bed Bath and Beyond arrived in waves. But in the wake of the Great Recession, Bend lost several national chains, including Ann Taylor Loft and, come December, Sears.
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