FREDERICKTOWN, MO (KFVS) - A new Huddle House restaurant in the Heartland will be serving up new jobs in the area. For the small town of Fredericktown, it's leading to some big changes. The restaurant is still in the construction stages, but the mayor of Fredericktown says the building project is just the beginning of a business boom on the west side of town.
People in town say this is good news.
"The more growth you have the more people will want to live in this area," Chelsey Adams said. "It's just so much better for the town and the economy overall. And also more job opportunists for the people that live here, so I think it benefits everyone."
Huddle House is the first of several new developments made possible by county "TIF" money.
"We are very excited to see that personally. Because we are used to seeing a lot more around, it's very nice to know that there are more things going in, more opportunities coming in," Adams said.
According to Mayor Kelly Korokis, the city also has plans to use a million dollars in TIF money to build a multi-field sports complex. Community members say the more opportunities the better.
"It looks like they're going to have more opportunities for the kids in the community and for people to have more jobs and that's always a good thing and maybe we will even have more people move into the community," Patty Braun said.
"Part of the reason you want to live in a small town is because of that closeness, but when you lack some of those options that can turn people away so we will have kind of the best of both worlds," Adams said. "Not only do you have that smaller feel but you have the options available."
Adams says she can't wait to see what happens next.
"Just excited to see growth, excited to see this place grow bigger and excited to be a part of that," Adams said.
Mayor Korokis also says the restaurant will bring about 20 new jobs. She says several other business ventures are also in the works in the same area. She says the town has really come together to help support this new development.