Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 29, 2014

Cumberland Road closures prompts review

BLUEFIELD — A recent closure increased the number of vacant business properties on Cumberland Road, but one store is preparing to open while other enterprises continue to operate.

The Wendy’s restaurant on Cumberland Road closed recently, but the property’s owner is seeking new tenants, said Assistant City Manager Joshua Cline. Despite the vacancies, there are good locations available in the community that is off U.S. Route 460.

“There are available business locations that are on Cumberland Road and we’re looking into activity on Cumberland Road and on things coming in and out. We plan to do a review in the next few months,” Cline said.

The Kroger store closed in 2012, the same year the post office announced its plan to close the neighboring postal processing and distribution center. Despite these changes, attorneys, insurance agents and other professionals continue operating on Cumberland Road along with restaurants such as a Dairy Queen and other successful businesses, Cline said. One new retailer, a Dollar General Store, plans to open along the roadway. The city has received plans for the store and issued permits for it, Cline said.

One of the area’s assets is its close proximity to a highway, Cline said. New visitors include ATV tourists heading for the Pocahontas Trail, Mercer County’s branch of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail.

“There is access to the interstate, and it’s a road that folks are using when they come to the ATV trail,” he said. “We have a graduated B&O tax scale that we can offer new businesses.”

 The city can also provide information and connections to services from West Virginia Small Business Development and the West Virginia Business Association, and programs for regional business start-ups, Cline stated. People interested in opening businesses that cater to ATV tourists can seek advice from the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail Authority and others.

“We can connect them with key people,” Cline said. “People who come in, they have money to spend. We stand ready to work with people who want to jump on the bandwagon. The city brings to the table the ability to connect with regional resources and information.”

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