Ilwaco is not failing. The empty buildings and shops that have closed recently are not due to lack of visitors. They were not due to lack of quality. They were wonderful thriving places that will be greatly missed. We have had proprietors retire, move on to bigger adventures in Florida and Hawaii, and sadly more than one who have passed away — many changes in a short period of time, but the town is not to blame. The location is good, the view is great.

Do not let the number of empty businesses scare you away if you are looking to establish a restaurant/bar or any other retail outlet. It’s been a tough time but we will prevail; we are Ilwaco.

KELLY FRECH

Ilwaco

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