The opening of a new Roses store is a welcome addition to the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount, where commercial development has been slower than on the Nash County side.
The new store adds about 100 jobs to the area and provides more convenient shopping opportunities for our neighbors. The renovation of the shopping center on Fairview Road represents an investment of about $2 million.
It’s good news, particularly in an area of the state that continues to suffer from high unemployment.
A new report from the N.C. Department of Commerce shows double-digit joblessness still plagues the Twin Counties.
The unemployment rate for Nash County is 12.5 percent. Edgecombe County’s unemployment rate is 14.7 percent. The Rocky Mount Metropolitan Statistical Area, which also includes Wilson County, remains the highest in the state – 13.3 percent.
The opening of a single store won’t resolve that malady over night, but it marks a small step in a positive direction.
Home sales in the Twin Counties are better than they were a year ago, though still far short of where we would like them to be.
No economy – national, state or local – will rebound solely on the backs of new discount stores. But more retail options bring in shoppers from all over. They supplement sales tax revenues and improve the quality of life in a community.
With the additon of Roses, plus new shops and restaurants in the Douglas Block, at Golden East Crossing mall and in a new shopping center on Sunset Avenue, the local economy grows a little stronger.
We’re happy to have the jobs and the shopping opportunities. Let’s hope there are more to come.