GLOUCESTER — Despite challenges faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Gloucester County is proud to announce that it is experiencing growth.
Gloucester County has seen local businesses expand and move into larger spaces. Additionally, Gloucester County’s Director of Economic Development Sherry Spring notes that there are “new prospects on the horizon.”
“During a time that it seems like we are hearing more and more troubling economic news, Gloucester seems to be a shining light,” said Spring.
Spring notes there are several business moves currently in planning. These include:
- Images & Sound Gallery, LLC, a business which specializes in fine art, architectural, and portraiture photography as well as creating multimedia marketing packages, will move to White Marsh Shopping Center, located at 4834 George Washington Memorial Hwy. in Hayes, in a space next to the White Marsh property owner’s office.
- The Thrift Miss, a consignment shop currently located at 4838 George Washington Memorial Hwy. in Hayes, is planning to move to a larger space in White Marsh Shopping Center sometime in early December 2021. The exact new location has not yet been disclosed.
- The Quality Inn, located at 6639 Forest Hill Ave. in Gloucester, is undergoing major renovations. The property’s manager, Lakisha Fox, stated that the inn will then change its hotel flag to a Holiday Inn Express in early 2022.
- Golden Creations, a locally-owned jewelry store, is moving from the York River Crossing Shopping Center to Point Shoppes (formerly known as Gloucester Point Shopping Center), located off of Geo. Washington Memorial Hwy./Route 17 at Gloucester Point.
- Body By D Gym, which has locations in both Yorktown and Gloucester, is moving to a 5,000 square foot space next to the Food Lion grocery store in York River Crossing Shopping Center in Hayes.
Spring also stated that there have been several local businesses that have opened as well.
- Coastal Country Kitchen, a new restaurant that specializes in soups, salads and sandwiches, opened at 1759 Geo. Washington Memorial Hwy. in Hayes, in The Point Shoppes.
- Della’s Daughter, which specializes in custom furniture, also opened at The Point Shoppes in Hayes.
Lastly, The Point Shoppes (formerly known as Gloucester Point Shopping Center) is now under the ownership of Lisa and J.J. Murray.
“Our businesses are resilient, and our local economy is strong, and we are extremely grateful for that,” added Spring.