The Carthage economy is growing with the recent addition of several new businesses.
It’s everything from clothing stores to a wide range of restaurants and grocery. And it’s prompting local experts to predict the city’s in a growth mode.
“We were driving along and I saw it and was like “wooo!” we have a Gordman’s in Carthage,” says Tiffany Brusby of Jasper.
She also says this will make clothes shopping a lot easier.
“It’s kind of nice we have one over here instead of having to go all the way to Joplin now.”
Practically brand new, the cash registers were busy from day one.
“Corporate was very happy with the results from that it fits a niche in Carthage,” says Mark Elliff of the Carthage Chamber:
Clothing was one of the priorities to expand the economy in a 2017 retail study of Carthage, along with more food choices.
“Kascade Restaurant has opened up in the old Broadview country club,” adds Elliff.
Also more grocery options with the Spring River Cattle Company.
“With internet sales being the way that they are get on the internet, and log in and get it this way – if you’ve got a little niche store with the specialties, that’s really what people like,” says Elliff.
And even one dining option that’s getting attention for more than its food. The Tin Cup Bistro has sandwiches and coffee and a restaurant built out of shipping containers.
“They come in and they’re like who built this for you? Where, where did you get these things from,” says Nesha Prine of the Tin Cup Bistro:
Chamber workers point to a recent decision by the fed not to change the interest rate, saying the national economy could be softening. But they add that doesn’t seem to be the case in Carthage.