Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 23, 2013

Several business projects proceeding in Princeton, Bluefield, Va.

CHARLES OWENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — The future is looking a little brighter for area residents with a sweet tooth.

Dunkin Donuts is still coming to Prince-ton, and construction is moving at a relatively fast pace on a new strip mall just outside the city limits of Princeton that will house a new Sweet Frog, and three other businesses.

Chick-fil-A also is eyeing a stand-alone site in Princeton. Just across the state line, McDonald’s in Bluefield, Va., will soon be demolished and then rebuilt.

The new strip mall in Princeton is being constructed behind Sheetz and O’Reily Auto Parts.

“In talking with the builder, he indicated they’ve got the four places rented, and of course one of them is Sweet Frog,” Robert Farley, executive director of the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, said of the new yogurt shop.

“We’ve got a lot of things that are going up, and whether they are inside the city or outside the city, it’s all good to the area,” he said.

Farley said the remaining three businesses that will occupy the strip mall sites haven’t been formally announced by the developer to date.

Dunkin Donuts — a project long planned for Princeton — is now slated to be connected or adjoining to the BP Station on Stafford Drive, according to Princeton City Manager Elke Doom.

Doom said Dunkin Donuts has taken longer than originally anticipated, but said the popular donut chain is still coming to the city.

“They tore the car wash down already, and what they are going to do is eventually tear the station down, and then rebuild the station and add Dunkin Donuts,” Farley said.

Farley said Chick-fil-A also continues to look at sites along Exit 9 in Princeton for a possible stand-alone development.

“I think we are just right on the edge of something good happening,” Farley said. “Chick-fil-A has indicated they are going to be on Exit 9 soon with a stand-alone. Target and Home Depot have looked at property on the east side of (Route) 460.

“And I was at the economic development authority meeting Tuesday, and (county Development Authority Director) Janet Bailey said a manufacturing firm was interested in the old Dean Company site.”

The demolition of McDonald’s in Bluefield, Va., is expected to begin soon, according to Chad Lambert, zoning administrator for the town of Bluefield, Va.

Lambert said the permit calls for a demolition, and then a rebuilding, of a modern McDonald’s at the same site. The demolition and reconstruction project at the College Avenue Shopping Plaza is expected to take approximately 90 days to complete.

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com