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FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- Fort Valley officials say new businesses are coming to the downtown district.
President of The Peach Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tom Morrill, expects more ceremonies and groundbreaking to take place this year.
Eighteen 36 Restaurant & Lounge, one of the new businesses, recently opened.
“We just had a ribbon cutting for the new restaurant, Eighteen 36 on Friday, and then we have one for next Saturday at Flying J’s Pizza. We’re also getting a Dollar Tree in the same shopping center next to one of our local grocery stores,” says Morrill.
Additionally, Fort Valley residents will soon have more restaurant, store, and entertainment options.
Morrill says, “It’s going to be good for the residents of Fort Valley. I think it’s going to be very beneficial for us. Not having to drive a far distance to get to the store for goods that residents can purchase will be best in our favor.”
Executive director of downtown development, Kathie Lambert, says they are looking into more developments and grants for 2020.
“We have a lot on the horizon. We have a developer looking at a hotel site for our old hospital. Also, the DDA is working with the city to do some qualifications of the grants they received,” says Lambert.
Lambert sees potential for growth among small businesses. She hopes they will transition to the downtown district.