REDDING, Calif.- About half a dozen new shops and restaurant are in the works in the city of Redding.
City officials tell Action News Now that they are optimistic that the swell of new businesses coming to Redding this year will pump a lot of money to the city's economy. They're projecting sales tax for this year to be more than twenty-five and a half million dollars.
Nearly half a dozen businesses are expected to open this year. Two of those are Homegoods and Sprouts which will be located off of Dana Dr.
Sprouts will be opening its doors this February. They say they're currently looking to fill over fifty full and part time positions.
A spokesperson for Homegoods tells Action News Now that they've already completed their hiring process and look forward to being a part of the Redding community.
However, not everyone is happy with the new stores and restaurants. With the economic boom comes more congestion and more competition for parking places.
Action News Now spoke to a woman who's lived in Redding for five years. She says that the business boom will be a good thing for the city's economy, even if it creates more traffic.
"Obviously anytime there are more businesses coming to an area, that's offering more opportunities for employment," says Boero."If there's more opportunities for employment, that percentage of people that's unemployed is given the opportunity to get a job and obvuiously with a job, that's bringing more income."