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Boston Debuts Program to Fill Empty Storefronts, Especially Downtown

The Wu administration launched a grant program Monday to help put small businesses in vacant storefronts in downtown Boston and throughout the city.

The initiative is being financed with $9 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, with the goal of not only filling ground-floor retail space that opened up during the pandemic, when customer foot traffic plummeted, but helping minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses find locations in parts of the city that have historically been in short supply.

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