BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) - Elite Custom Builders of Clarksburg wanted to build a new facility for their company so, they purchased some property off Exit 125 on I-79.
A preview of what Phase 1 will look like once it's complete.
"We bought it from Thrasher Engineering here in Bridgeport," said Rob Grabow, CFO and co-owner of ECB.
Because the space generated a lot of commercial interest, they decided to rent out their facility. The building they're currently working on will house two retailers. A second, larger building (16,000 square feet), will have space for five to seven businesses.
"We're right off the interstate so, to me, that makes it easier for any business to be able to survive here," said Sean Oldaker, COO & co-owner.
The first confirmed business that will be moving into the retail park is Colours Inc. of Bridgeport.
"They're painting and flooring specialists. We do a lot of work with them, so they're a good partner to have here in our little park," said Grabow.
There's still a lot of work to be done on Phase 1. Weather has caused some delays, but they're hopeful that in two to three months, the first building will be finished. Then, in the summer, they'll move on to Phase 2.
Along with new places to shop or eat, the development will create jobs.
"It just adds to the West Virginia economy and, more importantly, [the economy] here in Bridgeport," said Grabow.
Ultimately, this new retail park will have the potential to provide more opportunity and growth for the Bridgeport community.
"Bridgeport and the Clarksburg area along the interstate has continued to grow over the years, even in bad times, so it's always good to see new businesses," said Mayor Andy Lang.
Oldaker said, "All of the Bridgeport area seems to be growing and we feel that we're just filling another part of that need. We figure that more retail shopping, maybe a restaurant or something down here, would definitely just add to what Bridgeport is already doing."