COLUMBIA — In close proximity to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and Colonial Life Arena, the Vista has become the place to go for visitors to the Capital City and led the charge in the downtown’s resurgence.

While some recent announcements, such as a new hotel, have built excitement, an uptick in empty storefronts is raising some concerns.

Several restaurants and stores have closed in the past year. And just in the past week, two more restaurants, storied family bakery Nonnah’s and Japanese-Mexican fusion chain TakoSushi, shut down.

Commercial real estate experts say they’re confident they’ll be able to sell the entertainment district to investors, particularly as a number of new hotels and an expansion of the convention center are being proposed.

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