The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 3, 2013

New stores will boost local economy


DANVILLE — Area residents will see their shopping options expand in a big way during the next week as three major retailers plan to open their doors.

Kohl’s on North Vermilion Street, Kirlin’s Hallmark in Towne Centre downtown and Ross Dress for Less in the Village Mall will join the roster of other local merchants.

In addition to the additional variety of goods from which to choose, the stores will add more than 150 jobs to the local economy.

Experts say a dollar spent within a community moves through seven other hands before it leaves. The addition of these stores will add more dollars to those already moving through our community from existing merchants.

The city, county and local schools stand to gain tax revenue from the new businesses, with more anticipated in the future as a TJ Maxx should join the Kohl’s store on its site, a large Meijer store already is under construction just south of the Kohl’s site and work on a Ruler Foods grocery store on East Main Street continues.

Add in a new County Market in Tilton, and local retail offers have grown significantly in recent months.

The key ingredient now will be the shoppers.

To keep local businesses going strong — and to entice additions in the future — area residents must do what they can to support them.

Driving to other cities to shop not only burns expensive gasoline, but it gives away tax dollars that could be put to work here.

Support area merchants by shopping locally. It’s the smart thing to do.