Chelsea continues to bring in business

Published 5:23 pm Wednesday, March 25, 2009

As one of the fastest-growing areas in Shelby County, Chelsea is poised to bring in more new businesses in late 2009 and early 2010.

Applebee’s, Tire Engineers, CVS Pharmacy and Carpet Outlet have all purchased space in Chelsea to build locations, said Chelsea Mayor Earl Niven.

He said the city has been in discussions with these businesses for six months to a year.

“I think it’s going to recreate interest in the commercial area in Chelsea when people see there are (businesses) coming in. They’re confident that Chelsea is still a good place to come and do business,” Niven said.

Applebee’s has purchased space in Chelsea, but has not announced when the Chelsea restaurant will be built; Tire Engineers should start building in September, and plans to open in early 2010; CVS has purchased property but has not announced building plans; and Carpet Outlet, which will be located in the old Holcombe Home Center store, is renovating the building now. All the businesses will be located along Highway 280.

In addition to those retail businesses, construction on an assisted living complex, The Fountains of Chelsea, is expected to start later this year. That complex will be located at the intersection of Highways 280 and 43.

Niven said he expects 2010 to be a busy year for Chelsea’s retail sector as well.

“In 2010, I look for much more to come into place. I look for residential areas to start building,” he said. “I think in the last quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010, we’ll see much more activity in development, not only commercial but also residential.”

He said the city has worked hard to remain financially solvent during the down economy, and he expects to see that frugality rewarded with positive growth.

“I think people on the outside have confidence that Chelsea is a place to come and be a part of our family,” he said. “We are very, very positive that the growth is about to break loose again.”