Several Businesses Celebrate Grand Openings

Several Businesses Celebrate Grand Openings

Businesses are choosing to expand in Fort Wayne which means more jobs. This week, several businesses have celebrated grand openings.
Businesses are choosing to expand in Fort Wayne which means more jobs.  This week, several businesses have celebrated grand openings.

3 new businesses opened to the public in the Summit City.  Together, they bring hundreds of job opportunities to Fort Wayne.  Mayor Tom Henry says the boost to the economy is like none he's ever seen.

"I have not witnessed a momentum like this in Fort Wayne in decades.  In fact, I'm not sure I've seen it in my lifetime."

More local businesses translate to more jobs.  First on the list is Ollies Bargain Outlet in Glenbrook Commons.  It is new to the Hoosier State.  Mark Butler is President and CEO of the bargain hunting store.  He is please with the turnout.

"This is our 150th store and one thing is for sure, Fort Wayne loves a bargain because this place is packed."

"This is generally what happens when we open up a store because we're still selling stuff so cheap."

Ollies has brought 50-60 new jobs to the city.

Next is Downtown Self Storage at State and Spy Run.  The storage company celebrated the opening to their 6th location in town.  Co-owner Mark Cockroft says he is happy to stay loyal to Fort Wayne and occupy a building that has been vacant for years.

"We've had a lot of success in the city of Fort Wayne.  The economy has been good.  The people we work with are great to work with and so we want to stay within this Fort Wayne area."

Downtown Self Storage  has less than 15 employees but they opened up about a dozen jobs for local contractors.

Last but not least is Costco on Lima Road.  This retail giant finally opened it's door to shoppers.  The warehouse store brought construction jobs to the city while it was being built, and now employs more than 150 people with an average pay of $20.00 an hour.



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