A business in Parsons, Kansas is expanding with hopes of becoming a tourist destination off of the highway.
Cory Steeves has owned Timber Creek Meats, a meat market and processing plant in Parsons since 2006. He says he now plans to expand his store in Parsons to attract not just meat lovers, but tourists as well.
"More products than we do now, about 40 different types of sausage, then we're going to have a lot of Amish products, and we're going to have a bakery, and then fudge and ice cream, we're just going to try and make it kind of a tourist type stop," says Steeves.
Steeves says he hopes the new location just off of the Highway 59 and 400 junction will increase his revenue enough to hire three to four new employees.
It's A dream he says comes with the help of an incentive program from the City of Parsons. The city offers local businesses monetary incentives and loans to those looking to build in Parsons and hire employees.
"It'll definitely help as far as getting the site ready and anything that is free helps," says Steeves.
The incentive program is made available thanks to a 1/4 cent sales tax set up over 15 years ago to help local business get a leg up, especially during their first year. Parsons Economic Development Director Carolyn Kennet says it has helped over 40 local businesses during that time.
"The more jobs that are created, those people are investing in other businesses in Parsons, if they have a job, they have money to go spend in the other businesses, so it's kind of what goes around comes around," says Kennet.
Kennet says Steeves is the poster child for the program after successfully using the incentive to build an expanding business that will now hope to bring tourists off of the highway and into town.
Steeve says he will be pouring concrete starting on Tuesday and hopes to have his new business up and running by the end of August.