PIKEVILLE — A commercial development is expected to bring several retailers and hundreds of jobs to Appalachia.
Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn told the Appalachian News Express that construction on the project is expected to begin in the fall or next spring. He said that 10 "nationally recognized names" have agreed to locate in the development and that talks are ongoing with other businesses.
Blackburn told WYMT-TV that the development will hold 18 to 20 stores and restaurants and, although it will be built in two phases, the entire project is slated to be completed in about three years.
Officials in Pikeville have been working to make the project a reality for five years.
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"Not only to improve the overall quality of life in the area but also provide quality shopping and to hopefully pull people from outlying markets into our community," Blackburn said.
He said the area already has stores like Wal-Mart and Lowe's nearby, and a Texas Roadhouse.
"It's already well known by the community and surrounding communities as being the retail hub of the area," he said.
He said he couldn't divulge the names of the retailers that plan to have a presence in the community but said they typically would be seen in bigger cities.