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Economy continues to boom in Kirksville, several businesses expected to open this year

2017 is looking to be a booming year for business in Kirksville.

By the end of the year, more than 100 new jobs could be up for grabs in the city, courtesy of four major new businesses approved in 2016.

The Hampton Inn, behind Ruby Tuesday, is set to open its 70-plus guest rooms, a year after it broke ground in May.

It will have a meeting room that can hold up to 100 people, and expects to employ about 20.

The construction of Kirksville's other new hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, is also progressing.

When it's finished, the four-story hotel will have 82 guest rooms and a large meeting room that can hold 50 people.

The developer expects to open the doors to guests in September.

The current Holiday Inn Express just down the road will be re-named and stay open.

For excited shoppers, dirt work at the future site of a Hobby Lobby is well underway.

Plans call for the new 55,000 square-foot building to be constructed at the northwest corner of the intersection of Baltimore Street and Highway 6 west.

Hobby Lobby estimates between 35 and 50 new jobs, and could open as soon as August.

The arts and crafts store is just one component of a new retail development coming to the North Baltimore property.

While those other businesses have broken ground and started construction, the plot of land where another new retailer, Menards has plans to build, is still a cornfield.

Kirksville City Council members approved that project in March.

Due to the delay, many have questioned if Menards still has plans to build in Kirksville.

The answer is: Yes.

Assistant City Manager Ashley Young says Kirksville is now first in the Menards construction queue.

Construction is expected to begin this spring.

When all is said and done, Menards has plans to build a store that is just over 200,000 square-feet.

It will be located in the farm field on the west side of North Baltimore Street between Home Depot and Kirksville Motor Company.

City officials say they are looking forward to helping these developments get up and running, and helping even more relocate to Kirksville in 2017.

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