Local economy shows plenty of signs of rebirth
New business developments in Haywood County provide a reason for optimism that perhaps the economy has bottomed out and is now on the upswing.
There are figures showing that the national unemployment has sunk below 8 percent, statistics indicating that housing sales are inching up and an apparent uptick in consumer confidence. But a tangible reason for confidence lies in the fact that small business owners, service providers and national retailers are expanding.
In Canton, a new hardware store opened on Radio Hill, there’s a new urgent care center just off the interstate, another phase of the Imperial Hotel renovation has added more space to accommodate receptions or business meetings and a number of smaller businesses have opened up.
The west end of Waynesville is downright booming. ...