City's Business Inventory Included in Staff Report
BY BILL KOENEKER
The planning department was asked to do an inventory of the city's businesses to find out what actually was out in the storefronts and office buildings.
The department's survey was during the course of four days ending in Sept 1.
"Overall, 418 businesses were observed in operation with an additional 48 spaces observed as vacant (a 10-percent vacancy rate). Of the 418 businesses in operation, 239 were identified as service-oriented (57 percent), 124 were identified as retail (30 percent) and 57 were identified as food service (14 percent)," wrote city planner Joseph Smith in a staff report.
Businesses were classified as "retail" if it appeared that their primary use involved the sale of goods, wares or merchandise. Businesses were classified as "service-oriented" if it appeared that their primary use offered a service that did not in itself produce a commodity, even though ancillary retail sales may occur from the locating. Businesses were classified as "food service' if it appeared that their primary use involved the sale of food and/or beverages, according to the planning department.
Some businesses, according to the report, were not counted, such as home-based businesses, the farmers market, Malibu Beach RV Park, government services and post offices, HRL Laboratories, some general office and administrative uses, religious, and facilities under construction.
The top 25 business uses citywide were broken down thusly: Apparel (clothing/shoes) 60, dining 32, health and beauty 30, real estate 28, medical services (does not include rehab centers) 26, construction 25, fitness 20, automotive 18, finance 16, legal 9, media 9, nursery 9, take-out food 9, accessories eye/jewelry 7, cleaners 7, fast food 6, hotel 6, pet care 6, dentistry 5, grocery 5, sporting goods 5, home furnishings 5, liquor 5, coffee 5, dessert/ice cream 5.
The data is in number of units and reflects 358 (or 468) uses observed citywide, according to the planning department.