There has been a big boom in local business this year, which is helping to strengthen Louisa County’s economy and has gotten people excited for the future of the county.
“The new business growth we are experiencing is encouraging and I expect the positive momentum will continue,” Andy Wade, director of Louisa County Economic Development said. “We still face challenges as a smaller rural community competing with larger population centers for new business.”
Small businesses are considered the backbone of the nation’s economy. The county has seen approximately 20 new businesses locate in the area, and established businesses are reaching out to support their newer counterparts.
Zion Crossroads saw growth with a Wendy’s restaurant, Faulconer Construction and Advanced Auto, while Lake Anna recently added a Family Dollar store.
In Mineral, eight new businesses opened including restaurants, a boutique, bakery and pet groomer, filling up every available building for rent in town except for one, according to Bernice Kube, of the Mineral Town Council and Mineral Business Association.
“I think the new businesses that have come to town are a good fit and seem to be doing well,” Kube said. “We hope they will be part of the town for years to come.”
Mineral Mayor Pam Harlowe says she is delighted to see new businesses becoming a part of the community.
“The less time we spend traveling to fill our needs, the more time and money we will have to spend at our local businesses,” Harlowe said. “Fuel is expensive and time is precious, the more of each we save supporting our own businesses, the more our community will thrive.”
The town of Louisa has also seen a spike in new businesses this year, not only with small businesses, but also three large chains that will be coming to the community.
Sheetz is slated to be up and running in 2015, while Tractor Supply is currently in the infancy of completing the process for special use permits and proffers. A specialty medical business, Fresenius Dialysis Center, has been busy preparing for its opening in the Glen Marye Shopping Center.
To read the entire story, see the Aug. 7 edition of The Central Virginian.