Pat Adams moved to South Richland a couple years ago. She's excited it's a part of town seeing a lot of growth. Like the new Yoke's, that just opened a couple weeks ago.
"To have them close by makes my life a little bit easier, just to hop in the car, get a few things, and be back home in short order," said Pat Adams.
But the new Yoke's isn't all. There are plans to add two strip malls on either side of the grocery store. Plans include a car wash, medical building, family restaurants, and a high-end restaurant. The total value of the development is more than $50-million. The developer tells me the complexes will be similar to the strip mall on Gage that houses Bonefish. But for south Richland residents like Pat, this fills a need.
"Oh, I think it's crucial, you need to have high end grocery stores and restaurants along with an occasional coffee shop for those that partake into that," said Adams.
"Certainly as Badger Mountain south grows, these people will be feeding into that area as well, Keene is an important connector," said Economic Development Director Gary Ballew.
Richland says there will be up to 20 new business in the area -- between retail and restaurant. Keeping neighbors spending their money in Richland.
"I just think the convenience in our busy world today is critical," said Adams.
An improvement they Pat is looking forward to in south Richland.
Dutch Brothers is the only business that is confirmed in the development. Officials say there is no timetable for when the others businesses will be up and running. The goal is to have everything up and running by summer of next year.