Moberly Hopes Texas Company Can Find More Businesses
Moberly officials want more retail stores, but they want to know what businesses are best for area residents.
So, officials hired the Buxton Company of Fort Worth, Texas to produce demographic information that will help match Moberly with retail stores that fit the needs of Moberly residents.
"They understand what cities need, which we like," said City Manager Gary Edwards. "They know not to go for retail stores, willy nilly. They know that not all retail stores would be interested in your community."
But, some store owners aren't sure how new retail stores will affect their businesses.
"There could be positives and there could be negatives to it," said Jaren Fremeyer. "It just depends on what kinds of retailers come to Moberly."
Edwards said bringing retail businesses to town won't hurt local stores because new stores will attract more shoppers to Moberly. Fremeyer, who owns a local buy-sell-and-trade store, said it's important to keep in mind how new businesses affect jobs.
"I think that in order to help support these more retail stores, we need more jobs, not just average jobs," he said, "but decent jobs so that people can make a living."
Moberly is paying the Texas company $63,000. Edwards admitted that's a lot of money, but he said increased taxes from stronger retail sales will pay for it.
Moberly officials said the Texas company has a good reputation across the U.S., and other Missouri towns, including Maryville and Nixa, have used its services.
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