(02/04/14) - It might be an indication the Mid-Michigan economy is improving.
A number of businesses will open their doors in the next few weeks.
As you travel through the area, keep your eye out for construction workers building new businesses or remodeling old ones. Several of those places have the 'help wanted' sign out.
Work on the Tractor Supply Company store on Pierson Road in Mt. Morris Township is moving along - and other retailers in the area are glad to see it.
"Tractor Supply's coming in. We're seeing a few more Mom and Pop type businesses pop up on Pierson Road. There's a lot of action out here and I think it's going to be good for the whole area in general," said Tom Macksood, of Macksood's Pools and Spas.
A little further west, in Flushing, carpenters and electricians are remodeling the former Speakeasy restaurant. In about a month, the Signature Chop House will open.
"We have a banquet hall that will seat up to 500 and in the dining room we have 200 for seating. We also have the Tiki bar outside," said Melanie Cox, Signature Chop House manager.
The upscale restaurant is creating jobs.
"We are taking job applications. We're looking for about 60 to 70 employees," Cox said.
A neighboring business will be glad to see the Chop House doors open.
"It's going to be huge for us. Lots of foot traffic. Beautiful restaurant. It's going to be the biggest thing to happen in our county for awhile," said Caroline Von Weyher, of Two Birds Design and Decor.
In Mundy Township, another former restaurant is going through a transformation. Flip Flops Grill and Chill on Hill Road should be open at the end of February, featuring a Caribbean theme.
"We were looking for something different to do that's not in the area, different types of items on the menu that's not in the area. Something you would find when you go on vacation to Florida," said John Lance, Flip Flops Grill and Chill owner.
Flip Flops is also taking applications.
Many restaurant patrons in Mid-Michigan remember Doug Bosley. The veteran restaurateur will be Flip Flops' kitchen manager.
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