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  • Businesses growing, changing in Pittsburg

  • It appears to Mark Turnbull, Pittsburg economic development director, that the signs of business growth are all around the city.

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  • It appears to Mark Turnbull, Pittsburg economic development director, that the signs of business growth are all around the city.
    Take for instance on the south side of Rouse, where dirt work has been taking place for a little while. That will be the site of a new Dollar General, to go along with the Dollar General on the north side of Pittsburg.
    “They were approved through planning and zoning. They have started to complete the dirt work there,” Turnbull said. “It was originally proposed at Quincy and Rouse. That did not come to fruition. It was moved south about 1/4 to 1/2 mile. They are in the process of building that now.”
    Turnbull said that the city has not been involved in helping Dollar General in any way, but has been supportive of the build south of Rouse.
    It’s not the only recent expansion or addition in Pittsburg.
    Turnbull noted that Casey’s General Stores bought the two Kabredlo’s locations in Pittsburg, and then also built a new facility in the north of Pittsburg.
    “They committed a lot of resources in this area,” Turnbull said.
    Or the expansion to Van Becelaere’s, or Miller’s, or even the reconstruction of a strip mall along Broadway that had burned down in an arson more than two years ago. It’s all signs to Turnbull that things are progressing in Pittsburg.
    “The entire state’s economy would still be described as somewhat complex,” Turnbull said. “But when you look at it overall, we are holding the sales tax at last year’s levels, you look at an opportunity for local businesses to help with the recovery in Joplin, you can look at the housing and rental market has picked up a bit. It’s a little uptick, and that’s positive. The economy in general is still sluggish, but you do still have orders coming in and the business community is meeting their expansion needs.”
    That’s not to say there aren’t some closings taking place. El Rancho has shut its doors for now, and 1106’s former location has been sold off. Turnbull said there are plans for that site, however he could not reveal the details at this time, as they had not been officially completed.
    He said that is expected to some degree, as “you will have spot closings that will occur because the economy has still not responded.”
    But as for Dollar General, just one sign of expansion, it’s not only expansion for the company, it’s also expansion for the customers in the area.
    “You will have the ability to access product that may not be available in the south quadrant of the city. From the perspective of the student and the residents, it’s another access point with Ron’s Supermarket, too, for cleaning supplies and daily household names and items.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Andrew Nash can be reached at andrew.nash@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 ext. 140.

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