New businesses promote economic growth in Ottumwa

It takes time for new businesses to build a new store, but economic development officials say the wait has been well worth it.

Due to confidentiality agreements, not all the new places coming to the Ottumwa area can be announced just yet, but MC Sports is one we can talk about. The store is coming to the Quincy Place Mall. It will be located between the Dollar Tree and the new Bubba Q's restaurant where Wal-Mart used to be. Ottumwa's economic development initiative manager describes MC Sports as a large sporting goods store. She says while the new businesses can take at least a year before an official announcement is made, adding more attractions makes people want to visit the City of Bridges.

â??Overall they're gonna be spending their money which with the local option sales tax, that was approved recently, that money's gonna go right back into our infrastructure and our streets, so just another added bonus for Ottumwa,â?? Megan Framke, Ottumwa Economic Development Initiative Manager, said. â??And other than that, just the positive feeling of a new store.â??

Framke says she isn't sure of the exact date MC Sports is supposed to open, but signs on the windows indicate the company is already hiring employees.