New businesses opening in the Maryville community create jobs for students and permanent residents, and the city has seen several new ones open in recent months.
From restaurants to pharmacies, Maryville has no problem getting businesses to open stores here. Places such as Dairy Queen and Casey’s have been in the community for quite a while, but have re-opened in new and improved buildings. Places like Pizza Ranch, Rogers Pharmacy, and Wells Bank will be new to the Maryville community.
Josh McKim is the Economic Development Director for the city of Maryville. He is in charge of the economic development of businesses coming to the area.
In the past year and in the upcoming year, more than 15 businesses that have either opened bigger stores or come to the Maryville area.
In 2015, around 213 jobs were created from retail and industrial stores. Some businesses reach out to the city when interested in opening a store in the Maryville area.
Other times, the city of Maryville reaches out to businesses it would like to come to the area by business recruitment and retention.
“It’s been a really good year,” McKim said. “Lots of construction and growth in the community for retail and industry.”
Some chain businesses have a set criteria in order to open a store. Criteria can include things such as how many cars will drive by the store, how many people will live near the restaurant, and how the market feels.
Private businesses open stores based on how the owner feels, but some owners may want to be around bigger stores like Walmart so that way the store is noticed.
Businesses that open in Maryville can receive help from the Nodaway County Economic Development corporation.
The NCED is a nonprofit corporation that coordinates economic development services for the City of Maryville, Nodaway County and the Maryville Industrial Development Corporation according to the website maryvillemo.org.
The NCED focuses on business development on existing business expansion, business recruitment and attraction, and community development.
The NCED offers free, confidential services, including finance and incentives development, site location, industrial development, and small business assistance.
Most of the new jobs created are taken by students, but some are taken by permanent residents as well.
Some of the jobs are full time while others are part time. Depending on what the job is determines whether a student or a resident gets it.
Dusti Carlisle is a student at Northwest and was recently hired at the new Pizza Ranch. For her, getting hired at Pizza Ranch was easy.
“All you had to do was apply and interview,” Carlisle said. “With having 5 years of experience working at the Pizza Ranch back home, they knew what their decision was going to be.”
Carlisle said that employment opportunities for students and Maryville residents is pretty equal.
More students tend to work at restaurant or retail stores while more residents work at businesses like banks or hotels. In her opinion and from experience, she feels that there are enough job opportunities for students.
“With these new restaurants opening soon, it will open up a variety of job opportunities,” Carlisle said. “There are so many businesses that are hiring all the time, it’s just the matter of finding the opportunity that is going to work best for you.”
Carlisle and McKim both said that the Maryville economy will be affected positively by the new businesses coming to the area.
New restaurants will bring a better variety of places to eat. Other businesses such as Rogers Pharmacy will give residents and students more options of where to shop and pick up prescriptions.