Pumping Up Lake Economy

1 decade 8 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, April 01 2007 Apr 1, 2007 Sunday, April 01, 2007 10:30:42 PM CDT April 01, 2007 in News
With the summer approaching, a group of business owners in Lake Ozark believe it's time to show off what the mile-long strip of stores on the Bagnell Dam strip has to offer.

These business owners say their business has nearly gone bust in recent months.

"We hoped we'd do more business than we did but we were a little bit disappointed and it fell off in the fall," said Ted Koski, owner of "Just for Dogs" in Lake Ozark.

Koski wants more business. He says that business more than fell off and that there just wasn't any as of recently.

"January and February the business really is.... there's nobody down here, it's as simple as that," said Koski.

One group wants to change that and make the Bagnell Dam strip bring in big bucks year round. A non-profit group called the Lake Ozark Strip Association wants to make the area more attractive to tourists.

"Right now we're stepping up and saying we've got a lot to offer here," said Mike Page, Lake Ozark Strip Association member.

Page says the group will push for more parking spaces for shoppers and better ways to show off stores.

"There's a lot of good businesses here, and there's a need of promotion of that, and there's a need to bring in some new businesses as well," said Page.

While plans begin to form, Page has his eyes on the future.

"Now is a great time to be looking at the Bagnell Dam strip because over the next few years we're going to see a lot of development here and activity," said Page.

Business owners hope this activity will boost their bottom line.

"I hope it multiplies it ten times, but if it will increase it 50% over last year we'd be happy," said Koski.

The group will have a public meeting on April 17th to talk about plans for the Bagnell Dam strip.

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