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The city of Rosemount has hired an expert to help bolster its retail economy.

The City Council recently approved a contract with Buxton, a consumer analytics firm that has helped guide retail strategies in more than 700 U.S. communities.

Like many communities, Rosemount has seen its housing market begin to bounce back from the recession, but there's been little significant commercial development.

Community Development Director Kim Lindquist said areas near County Road 42 would be the logical place for more retail development, including a big box merchant that could be a magnet for other new small and midsize stores and support existing shops and restaurants.

Susan Feyder