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New businesses coming to the Highlands

Updated: Tuesday, April 1 2014, 08:03 AM EDT


With the weather warming up, business will surely be booming at The Highlands, but what businesses are actually opening and what would you like to see?

A lot of rumors as to what could open, but nothing has been officially announced.

"I want to see a Dave & Busters, A Primanti Bros., and a bowling alley,” said Wheeling resident, Barry Metz.

The Ohio County Development Authority said it's a booming time for The Highlands.

In January, the authority approved a purchase agreement for 2.6 acres of land next to Fusion Japanese Steakhouse.

A California-based company, United Growth, purchased the property for $900,000 and wants to bring in new tenants.

According to Randy Wharton, Chairman of the Ohio County Development Authority, the group has proposed a multi-tenant building.

"When I first moved out here there was nothing it was all farm field and then Cabela's came now this, hey what can I say,” said Valley Grove resident, Dana McCausland.

McCausland also adds that she would love to see an IHOP come to the Highlands.

County Commissioners said they're hoping for at least two new restaurants and a few chain restaurants, in front of Best Buy and near Wesbanco.

"I’d like to see a Little Caesar pizza place because I live off of it,” said Wheeling resident, Bobby Crow.

There is also more office space coming, they approved a lease agreement last night with MVB insurance company to rent office space in town center and OVMC will be opening a family practice in the lot near Panera.

"I would like to see a Lowe's or a Home Depot or a Sam's club,” said West Alexander resident, Cathy Narehood.

Narehood said she lives 5 miles away and wants it all here!

"Maybe I would like to see a few more clothing stores like main brand stores rather than just general retail,” said Crow.

County officials said it will be up to the restaurants and businesses to announce if and when they're coming.

New businesses coming to the Highlands

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