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More retail development will be coming to Webb City

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More retail development will be coming to Webb City, after a contract was approved by the council this week.
It involves underdeveloped land south of Highway 171, across from the Price Cutter store.
Right now, it is just an empty lot south of Airport Drive, but Webb City officials say it is in the process of becoming much more.
(take sot, John Biggs, Mayor, Webb City)
"There will be a shopping area combined with a 250,000-square-foot building," said John Biggs, Mayor of Webb City.

E & A Consulting Group, Inc. of Omaha, NE is now under a $25,000 contract with the City to do all the necessary legwork of getting the site ready for construction.
And negotiations are currently underway to determine which business will be moving in.
"We believe we have a very, very good chance of landing one of the big box stores," Biggs said.
Officials say the biggest benefit for Webb City will be the sales tax generated by the development.
"If we're going to fill potholes, build the roads and build parks and all of those things, we need sales tax revenue," Biggs said.
"Sales tax is something that once a business is here, it comes year after year and is good for growth," said Greg Kennebeck, Owner of Pop A Top Carwash.
Kennebeck's business stands across the street, adjacent to where the new development will be.
He hopes the new retail will have a positive impact on his business.
"New business is good business, it creates jobs," Kennebeck said.
Officials expect it to do just that, bringing in more than an estimated 100 jobs.
"Oh, jobs are a big part of it, if we get the business we think," Biggs said.
Turn lanes into the development have already been approved by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The City hopes to finalize negotiations with prospective companies soon.
"I'm confident there will be an announcement in the near future," Biggs said.
Most of the land at the site was acquired by the City in 2010.
The new development is expected to open as early as next year.
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