Officials say new retail stores are coming to Pikeville bringing several hundred jobs to the area.
Pikeville city officials have been talking about it, planning for it, and hoping it comes soon for nearly five years.
"Not only to improve the overall quality of life in the area but also provide quality shopping and to hopefully pull people from outlying markets into our community," said Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn.
Now plans for the large retail development are in full swing bringing with it nearly 600 jobs to the area.
"Somewhere around 18 to 20 different stores. Some ranges as being 45,000 square feet, some as small as 5,000 square feet," said Blackburn.
The city recently reached an agreement to sell 16 acres behind Walmart to a developer, and they hope by this fall to see their vision becoming reality.
Officials say the combined traffic from US-23 and the stores that are already around there like Walmart, Lowe's, and Texas Roadhouse were very enticing to developers to bring in more retail locations.
"It's already well known by the community and surrounding communities as being the retail hub of the area," said Blackburn.
They say so far 10 retailers have signed letters of intent for the development, and though they cannot release the names of those retailers yet they say they are stores to be excited about.
"Names that we would typically go to Lexington, or Charleston, or Huntington to see," said Blackburn.
Officials say the project will be completed in two phases. They expect to start construction on the first phase later this year and hope to have it finished in 18 months. They hope to have the entire project done within 36 months.