MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) - UPDATE: The mattress/furniture store will be a Sleep Outfitters and is scheduled to open next week.
The construction project on 119 beside the Sheetz has been generating a lot of rumors and speculation about what it could be.
With a general population of over 30,000 and a student population of another 30,000 plus, Morgantown continues to see a need for new businesses and development.
"I think it's exciting and it's precisely what we want to see," said Morgantown's Deputy Mayor, Mark Brazaitis.
Construction projects can be seen throughout the town, from grocery stores to housing complexes.
However, there are several projects in the works that have left people wondering what they could be. One of those is a project near the Sheetz on Route 119 off I-68. The other is a new shop that's popped up in the parking lot by the Target in University Town Center.
"We've heard it's probably a hotel, maybe," said Morgantown resident Zachary Fleeman.
Another resident, Devin Lemasters, said, "I heard maybe a Chick-Fil-A, or another eatery."
The project on 119 is being financed by Clear Mountain Bank. However, they were unable to comment on the project.
"I would like to see something fun to do; maybe a gun range," said Fleeman.
"I love Japanese cuisine and sushi; I know we already have a couple of those places, but I would like to see more variety," said WVU student Josh Krolczyk.
The other project will be a furniture and mattress store, according to a representative. However, the rep. declined to provide further details, and said they were saving that announcement for a later date.
Locals say they wish businesses would be more forth coming about the projects they are planning, or at least make announcements more quickly so that people aren't left guessing.
City officials state that they do take the opinions of residents seriously when deciding what businesses to bring to town.
However, some residents say they disagree, and would like to be more involved in the decision making process.
"I think it would be cool to get people more involved on a grassroots level," Krolczyk said.