ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) - After spending the past four years working to attract new businesses, business is booming in Ellisville, including a few set to open soon.
David Weber has lived in the area for the past 30 years. He said, "Hats off to Ellisville for really re-inventing itself. I've seen things come and go in the whole Lafayette area here, Ballwin, Chesterfield and Ellisville. It's been quite amazing to see what Ellisville has done."
New businesses are popping up all over town. Arby's opened this week on Manchester Road. A QuikTrip recently opened about a block away and a Chick-Fil-A will open soon as well.
"We've seen more explosive growth than any other municipalities per capita," said Ellisville's Mayor, Adam Paul.
He said they have been able to attract new businesses without any incentives.
"We do even the old school approach to calling in business based on lead generations," said Paul.
He said the city has a lot to offer. Good school systems, great jobs, and a lot of traffic moving through the area.
"We've got all the pieces and recipe for success."
Increased business also means there will likely be increased traffic. Already, 60,000 cars travel on Manchester Road.
"You can't say I don't want any traffic, no vacancies, and the services that you're currently receiving without additional traffic."
Paul said adding a few minutes to your commute is a small price to pay for the economic boom.
"We try to marginalize or mitigate the traffic issues as best as possible but at the end of the day traffic is what keeps cash registers rolling," said Paul.
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