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How to unlock new shops?

#1fancydrakPosted 11/13/2012 2:52:38 AM
So, I've been steadily payin' off my loans, but have yet to get any new shops. (i.e. the flower shop, hair salon, cafe, etc) Is there something else I need to be doing? :( I just had my second floor built, if that makes any difference.
#2zenxacredPosted 11/13/2012 2:54:17 AM
No Idea. I just finished my 100k loan yesterday and a new shop is being built already. All the shops are in the shopping arcade if that helps. i think 200k loan opens the coffee shop.
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#3fancydrak(Topic Creator)Posted 11/13/2012 3:00:45 AM
Hrmmm. I paid off my 200k loan too, and I've been playin' since launch day - no new shops. :( There must be another step I'm neglecting...
#4zenxacredPosted 11/13/2012 3:01:26 AM
100 points as mayor?
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#5fancydrak(Topic Creator)Posted 11/13/2012 3:04:46 AM
Yeah, I'm past the mayor points scenario thing too. Do I maybe have to... construct and fully fund something from the town construction list first?
#6akwan_tarotPosted 11/13/2012 3:57:42 AM
Yes, you do. New shops are unlocked through construction. You have to build something (the cheapest bench will do), then wait 7 days before the shops will appear on the list.
#7fancydrak(Topic Creator)Posted 11/13/2012 4:03:23 AM
Oh, dang. Well, that'd do it! A week's a long way to wait, but at least now I can get started :'D Thanks tons.
#8Beck225Posted 11/13/2012 5:03:32 AM
I built a bridge and a new shop started being built the next day (flower shop i think)
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#9ThadBarrPosted 11/13/2012 9:23:47 AM
I built absolutely nothing except for my two story house (about to pay off the 298K loan now), and the flower shop opened today anyway.

On the other hand, that's the only new shop I have. I guess I will have to start translating all the choices my secretary is offering me. My Japanese is marginal, so I was putting this off, but no longer, I suppose.
#10akwan_tarotPosted 11/14/2012 1:09:10 AM
Well, my method is listed on the official site for the "dream house", so other shops may be different.