Store Opening Could Lead To More Openings In The Future

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A big opening for a new store in eastern Kentucky could mean more openings in the future.

Some say a new Staples store in Pikeville is good news for the whole region.

When Staples opened in Pikeville a few weeks ago, managers say the store had the largest opening day sales in the chain's history.

"We're definitely pleased with the response we've had thus far," Larry Noboli said.

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce Director thinks it's a good sign and hopes it will lead to more stores coming here.

"We feel like word will get out and people will want to see what we have to offer here," Kitty White said.

Developers say more businesses in the area does more than give people another place to shop it keeps tax dollars here.

"We've had to drive two hours in one direction or another for anything beyond paper clips and ink pens," John Johnson said.

"People will come from West Virginia, Virginia to this store, and boost our economy," White said.

Planners say they're already recruiting new companies to the area.

City officials say there is plenty of land for companies to start building on.

"We feel like Pikeville is really moving along so quickly right now. Many of our empty stores are filling up," White said.

Which is a good sign that could lead to even more hiring and dollar signs

Staples officials also presented a $1,500 check to the Pikeville Independent Schools Foundation for Excellence in Education.


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