As thousands of shoppers arrive every day, the construction continues on several projects at The Highlands in Ohio County.
On Tuesday 7News spoke to members of the Ohio County Development Authority, who said as far as they’re concerned things are still a “go” with retail giant Menards, after recent rumors began to circulate the retailer would idle its construction plans.
In March, the Development Authority executed the deed with Menards, who now owns the property.
Top company officials with Menards have even been involved in the on-going permit process with the state of West Virginia.
We’ve also learned no one from the company has told the Development Authority the Highland’s project has been put on hold.
For members of the Development Authority that project, as well as many others, are going ahead as originally planned.
Ohio County Development Authority President Randy Wharton told 7News, “it will be a busy construction season. We have a number of new tenants that we’re going to add this year and we just finalized financing for construction on the East Coast Metals building. It will be built back in the industrial site by the Cabelas Distribution Center. It will be busy. We plan on, by the end of this year, to be up to 93 tenants at The Highlands, so its growing, its growing every day.”
Wharton didn’t want to go into specifics about which new tenants we can expect in the coming months, but he said he’s sure people will be very pleased.
Many of the future companies are said to offer new opportunities both in shopping selections and for the local workforce.
Stay with 7News and YourOhioValley.com for future updates as soon as they are released.