Belmond's unique arcade, clean appearance and friendly attitude offers everyone a pleasant shopping experience. Shoppers will find pleasant employees who have a real dedication to offering the customer the service desired and the goods needed. A wide array of businesses make Belmond an enjoyable town for shopping or dining.
Retail Assistance Program (RAP)
Community spirit is normally a hard thing to measure. But Belmond provided a handy yardstick in October 1997 when the town's citizens formed the Business Development Committee (BDC) of the Belmond Area Chamber of Commerce. The BDC set right to work by established the Retail Assistance Program (RAP) through generous donations and a $15,000 Revitalization Assistance for Community Improvement (RACI) grant for the Iowa Department of Economic Development.
The purpose of the RAP fund is to remodel existing store structures to conform with new-expanding business requirements and City of Belmond building cod3s. The BDC has been actively working to attract/create businesses to fill the empty store fronts and community needs. The repayment terms of the loans are anticipated to be from three to ten years with an interest rate of approximately five percent. The fund is administrated by the City of Belmond.
The RAP fund has been in place for 11 years. Since that time, 14 loans have been made totaling $119,799 with several of those loans already paid back. The BDC is able to make loans to qualified businesses at this time.
Belmond is proud to be the home of one of the very few locally-owned grocery stores. P & G Market has been in business for more that 70 years. Kinseth's Plumbing & Heating, a mechanical contractor and family owned business in its third generation of ownership, celebrated its 60th year of business in 2006. In addition to the Main Street district, Belmond has the True Value Mall, home to Tenold Chiropractic Clinic, Steve's Surplus Grocery and Dollar General. The True Value store is one of the largest in the state of Iowa.
Belmond is truly one of the most unique small-town business districts in the state. Belmond is proud to be able to offer you nine dining establishments, a caterer, six gift shops, florist, cleaners, shoe repair and two dance studios.
Besides eating and gift shipping, you will be able to get your computer repaired or buy a new one at two shops, take your cleaning to the dry cleaners, get a tan at one of two tanning salons, check out a new TV or have your old one repaired and get new tires on your vehicle.
In addition, put your spouse to work and have them stop at one of the Belmond stores for the following: rent formal wear, custom made draperies, golf cart repair, two grocers, hardware store, lawn mowers, retail lumberyard, newspaper, satellite equipment, shopper, self-service storage, three vehicle repair shops, new and used auto dealers, discount variety store, video store or any one of three convenience stores.
Shop these fine businesses and you will be pleased to see that Belmond's Pride will be passed on in your presence.