Construction is under way for two new stores at the Shoppes at Branson Hills! They are scheduled to open sometime after the first of the year! Pier 1 Imports, a furniture store and Ultra Beauty, a cosmetics stores will be opening next to Michaels, at the end of the current strip of stores. According to the building permit application log at the City of Branson, the estimated value of the two stores combined is about $1.96 million. Branson is seeing more retail development because there are so many successful businesses here, according to Joel Hornickel, City Senior Planner.
Southwest Airlines, one of the most honored airlines in the world, has announced that they will add a 79th destination to its route map with service to Branson, MO! Beginning March 9, 2013 with daily flights offering nonstop service to Dallas, Houston Hobby, and Chicago Midway, and with Saturday-only service to Orlando! To view a route map of the new service go to www.swamedia.com.
“Southwest Airlines is proud to bring low fares, great customer service, and our red-bellied 737’s to Branson,” said Bob Montgomery, Southwest Airlines’ Vice President of Airport Affairs. “We look forward to serving the community and offering more new destinations to Branson Customers.”
Former First Lady Laura Bush will speak November 8th at a community convocation at College of the Ozarks. A limited number of tickets are available for the convocation. They are free of charge, on a first come — first serve basis, and may be reserved by calling the college at 417.690.2240.
Good news for motorists filling up at the pump — the price of gasoline continues to fall across the country, with local pricing still way below the national average. The price tracking website gasbuddy.com indicates the national average for a gallon of unleaded is 3-dollars-45 cents, that’s down 22 cents from a month ago.
Branson on the Bridge will be held on the new Lake Taneycomo Bridge and will result in the closing of Branson Landing Boulevard, between the bridge and Long Street from 6 a.m. July 7th, until 3 a.m. the next morning. The Missouri Department of Transportation has already approved closing the bridge, with aldermen agreeing to the street closure during its meeting at City Hall.
The $10.8 million Visitor Center opened with 200-300 people in attendance. The 16,500 sq. ft. center is located near Table Rock Dam on Hwy 165, in clear view from the road. The center’s main focus is to educate visitors on the lake and Missouri’s environment around the lake. In addition to exhibits, there are conference rooms, a video viewing area, gift shop and scientific experiments lab area for children. The building is Gold Leadership in energy and the most environmentally friendly buildings that can be built. For more information visit tablerockdamtours.com.
Things are starting to run around for home sellers and real estate firms!
The latest housing market report shows the strongest numbers the Tri-lakes area has seen since prior to the recession.
According to Doug Lay, Interim Director of the Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors, the report is the best the local market has generated since 2007. He stated that factors aiding in the rebound include an improving economy and rising consumer confidence in most areas not related to fuel costs. Also, historically low mortgage interest rates are also a contributing factor.
The report lists 192 sold listings through the first quarter of 2012, which is a 25% improvement over the previous year. Pending listings are up more that 36% year to date.
Record Decembers were one of the topics at a recent Stone County Commission meeting. Silver Dollar City and the Branson West Walmart were mentioned as large businesses that had reported increased earnings.
Last years January revenue of $160,324 was the highest it’s been in that month since 2007.
Commissioners were concerned about the high gas prices having an effect on the tourism but in the unofficial December sales report is what they think it is, Stone County’s tax revenues could be closer to what they were in 2007.
Yakov Smirnoff’s last full season to perform in Branson will be next year. In 2013 Yakov will be touring and performing his Happily Ever Laughter one man show.