excerpted from Alexandria Echo Press, 07-15-09
An analysis compiled by the U of M Extension Service shows that Alexandria has the highest retail sales "pull factor" in the state. That shows how much draw a community has bringing in people to shop. The study demonstrated a pull factor of 4.36, which means Alexandria has 4.36 times the annual statewide average retail sales per capita.
Copies of the 2007 Alexandria and Douglas County Retail Trade Analysis are available online at www.alexmn.org/community.cfm or by calling (320) 763-4545.