Joplin council gives green light for two new businesses

Joplin city leaders give the green light for two new businesses wanting to set up in south Joplin.

They're moving forward with the first stand alone Dairy Queen and a new Kum and Go. The new gas station would be right at the bottom of Hideout Harley Davidson's parking lot.

"What I think is for a matter of convenience, is going to be great,” says Tony Lester, manager at Hideout Harley Davidson’s.

Joplin city council approved initial plans for a new gas station on the corner of Glendale and Main Street. The location would be right at the bottom of Hideout Harley Davidson’s parking lot.

"It could be great for business as well as people come of the interstate and come through our shop as well,” says Tony Lester.

Other than the building entrance facing main street, plans for the one and half acre piece of land are still in the beginning stages.

"Just shows the lot where the potential store, future store is going to be located on. Right now we have not received any site plans. We don't know what the sites going to look like or how large it's going to be, but it is the first step for that development,” says Troy Bolander Director of Planning and Communication Development.

But Lester definitely sees it being beneficial.

"And when customers are waiting for their services to be done they go down there and grab a snack or two or fuel up as well,” says Tony Lester.

Meanwhile council is also moving forward with the first stand alone Dairy Queen in Joplin. This new business would be just east of the Arvest Bank on 32nd Street.

"They haven't officially submitted site plans either right now that's in a planned overlay district which at that site on 32nd street requires the city council to approve site plans,” says Troy Bolander.

The popular ice cream shop would employ 40 people, 15 full time and 25 part time. Council voted all in favor so in coming meetings, they'll be looking for that proposal. 

"The next step for them is to submit a detailed, set of building plans to be reviewed by all of the departments,” says Troy Bolander.

Both of these items will move on to 2nd and 3rd reading. In future meetings city leaders will get detailed plans of both businesses. Since it's so early in the planning stages, it's unclear when construction could begin.

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