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Could new business hurt current South Bend businesses?

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With some of these new businesses coming to South Bend FOX28 wanted to know how they may affect current businesses.

Jeff Rea at the Chamber of Commerce says South Bend has a history of "recycling" buildings. He says it's going to take more than one thing, or business to make the downtown area successful and that's why he says growth is welcomed.

"I think we're in belief that competition makes everyone better. Certainly, if they're competition in like businesses it makes them all be a little sharper, it makes them all work harder to serve the needs of the customer," says Rea. 

He says the state theater and The Brick will bring in new crowds, which is why he doesn't think it will have a negative impact on current venues like the Century Center. If anything, he believes it will encourage everyone to step up their game.

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