Grand Island seeing businesses close, others expand

Grand Island seeing businesses close, others expand (NTV News)

The city of Grand Island is saying goodbye to a few businesses but is also saying hello to a few more.

Whether it is a clothing store going out of business or a restaurant popping up, Michala Soundy with the Chamber of Commerce assured that Grand Island is seeing a great amount of growth.

Michala Soundy mentioned a few places in the area that have moved or gone out of business.

Including Lewis Greenscape, Golf USA and Ruby Tuesday’s.

“Some of the challenges that they see is a lack of workforce and if you can't find those good, qualified candidates to fill the positions and provide good quality customer service it's going to make it really challenging for you to be competitive in a very competitive market,” said Soundy.

While some businesses close, others are opening.

In GI we see Popeyes, HomeGoods, Discount Tires and Pizza Ranch– which Soundy told NTV News will open this fall.

Soundy also mentioned finding the right niche for the area.

She believes Grand Island has found that in the newest open business, Juice Stop.

"I think that people are looking forward to having the opportunity to stop and pick up a quick drink, a healthy drink on their way to work so I think that one has had some excitement surrounding it,” said Soundy.

"Three of the co–owners that started Juice Stop are from Grand Island so we thought we'd bring something new to Grand Island. Fresh fruit smoothies, something that hasn't been here in a while,” said Co-owner Keith Hiskey.

Juice stop has been open for just a few days and already the owners tell me business has been booming.

"We also have wellness shots, we've got lemon ginger and turmeric shots. We just got into the aronia berry shots,” said Hiskey.

Co–owners Keith Hiskey and Kash Kalkowski told NTV News that they were planning on expanding to Grand Island for a while and now the timing was right.

The GI Juice Stop location now has coffee and espressos too.

Hiskey and Kalkowski said a future goal is to expand to all tri-cities, so we could see them in Kearney and Hastings in the next few years.

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