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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - The City of Bluefield is eyeing economic growth around the I-77 exit on John Nash Boulevard.

For decades, there have been complaints of no businesses immediately off Exit 1 near the East River Mountain tunnel. Now, the city's new Economic Development Director says he has a plan.

Greg Shrewsbury tells WVVA News there's great potential in the 33 acres of undeveloped land that the city owns.

The exit is the first travelers encounter in the Mountain State, when traveling north on Interstate 77, an attribute Shrewsbury sees as a huge selling point for potential businesses.

"It could have hotel potential, convenience store potential, so we are very excited about it," he said.

In addition to interstate traffic, Shrewsbury also sees potential in ATV traffic enjoying the nearby Hatfield-McCoy trails.

Shrewsbury says the city has talked to Sheetz in the past about coming to the area. Two Sheetz locations opened in Princeton last year.

Three-and-a-half of the city's 33 acres will be used by the Transit Authority.

While the city eyes development near the interstate, Shrewsbury says officials are still hoping to develop a new grocery store closer to the city's population center.

Shrewsbury says he is in talks with KVAT, owners of Food City, about the possibility of opening a store in town -- as well as other grocery options.

KVAT recently purchased the lease on the former Kroger store on Cumberland Road, but have told the city they have no plans of opening a store at that location.

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