Progress shows at Westview

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 14, 2005

BURLINGTON - Whether local residents are feeling the sting from high gas prices or pressed for time, Westview Plaza continues its efforts to provide one-stop shopping.

More tenants have moved into the shopping center including Fantabulous Tans, Express Wireless, T&B Game Room and The Pet Spot. Westview Properties owner Paul Hart said plans are in the works for additional tenants.

"In the near future, I can see additional growth in the area," Hart said. "I would like to make that area a one-stop shop. If Wal-Mart doesn't have it, we want to supply it with additional vendors."

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John Chapman owns Fantabulous Tans with his wife Shari. They chose the location because it was close to their home. Chapman said his wife wanted to offer something that Wal-Mart did not have - so they opened a tanning facility.

Chapman said they plan to be open for business in about two weeks.

Hart said they have actually bought three additional parcels of land in the last four months to add onto the development. Huddle House restaurant is also looking at putting a restaurant in the plaza, which Hart said they are pursuing.

Hart said that he wants to get tenants that will fit all the wants and needs of the customer, which will not only save them gas and money, but time as well. Doctor's offices and other medical facilities are also a consideration, he said.

Express Wireless owner Kim Knapp said she chose the Westview location because it is more of a high-traffic area and it is easier to create awareness when you are in a plaza that is across from Sam's Club. The retail wireless store has been open since July.

"It's a one-stop shopping area. You don't have to travel very far to complete what you set out to do," Knapp said. "As a local business owner, I can be more competitive."