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New businesses coming to Bluefield, WV

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BLUEFIELD, WV (WVVA) - Bluefield is no longer the major city it used to be. But new businesses may give the area the boost it needs.

"As a city we're not happy with where we are right now,” Mayor Tom Cole told WVVA. “We're looking for more economic growth and certainly there are some businesses we desperately want to see located in Bluefield."

A national chain is looking to turn a vacant building on Cumberland road into a busy shopping destination -- Dollar General is moving in. The manager of a neighboring business, American Pawn, says this is just what the city needs.

"There are a lot of new businesses coming to this area and it's a very good thing,” said Brad Friedman. “I mean it's going to help the economy a lot. It'll help with jobs, with everything."

Bluefield is also gaining Deskins Candies, which is moving here from Bluewell. And that's not the only sign of prosperity.

What was once a vacant parking lot is now a brand new $2 million dialysis center on Bluefield Avenue. Cole owns Fresenius Medical Care’s building, and he says it’s giving the city a major economic boost.

Cole says an auto parts store is also looking to come to the avenue, but he is not giving up the detail just yet.

He also stresses that for local businesses to survive, it's vital to have the community's support. "When you spend your money locally, it stays locally and gets reinvested back into the community."

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