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The West Fork community will soon have a new place to shop for groceries. The City Planning Commission approved the plans for a new Harps Grocery Thursday night.

Residents we spoke with say they are excited about the new shopping option.

“Well I’m tickled to death over it,” said resident Mitch McCorkle. “I think that it will be a real good addition to West Fork and it will save a lot of people from stopping at the fire station asking where the closest service station is and where the closest bathroom is.”

The commission approved plans for a 32,000 square foot store. City leaders say this is not just beneficial for locals, but surrounding communities as well.

“Also all south of Washington County can benefit from this as having a place to shop without having to drive on into Fayetteville,” said Butch Bartholomew, city utilities superintendent.

Business owners say they welcome more money coming into their community.

“I think it will bring more business in West Fork, I like more business, and also will help the economy of West Fork and I think it will bring a lot more people, more people coming into town,” said Maryann Keyes who owns a business in town.

The addition will also bring in more tax revenue to the area.

“The city has a one cent sales tax that goes to parks and they get a percentage of county sales tax on everything that is sold,” said Bartholomew.  “So a large development like this would is a great benefit to the city as far as money coming in.”

The Harps will be right off the interstate and will have a gas station. There is also a possibility of a pharmacy and Subway restaurant included. The city also plans to develop other property around the new location.

Officials plan to break ground on the new location in July, with the store’s opening in February.

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