New Opportunities and Business to Be Added to The Highlands

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New businesses, jobs, and a possible interchange are coming soon to The Highlands.

The Highlands continues to grow with the addition of a home improvement store and a Pittsburgh-based restaurant.

The Ohio County Authority approved the purchase agreement for Menards, a Wisconsin based home improvement store that they anticipate will bring nearly 150 jobs.

This will be the first Menards in the state of West Virginia.

What stands out the most about them is the variety of products they sell.

“It’s not just your typical home improvement store. I think they actually even have groceries. The one nice thing that I like about their set-up is they keep their lumber yard outside. So inside the stores, that’s all retail space, and they have a model and it seems to work very well for them. We are very excited to have them and its a good deal for us,” said Randy Wharton, the President of Ohio County Board Authority.

Wharton said the new business’s sales-tax revenue will allow the commissioners to offset the cost of the Interchange they’ve been trying to put in.

Closing is schedule for the first week of January and construction is set to begin in the spring.

Menards will be located at the end of the shopping center portion.

Tuesday evening, the Development authority also approved a Pittsburgh-based restaurant that will move into the old Indigo Joes location.

The restaurant has not yet been named.

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