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Legacy Pointe Not Drawing the Traffic Business Owners Expected

Updated: Friday, August 29 2014, 04:15 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- The day after Quaker Steak and Lube closed its doors, other businesses at Legacy Pointe are concerned about the lack of traffic to the shopping center.

One business owner who spoke to Newschannel at Nine, suggested the closure could be a sign of a bigger problem. Without outlet stores and hotels to draw people to the area, businesses aren't getting much drop-in business. Another business owner is hopeful developments will move forward. Both say they're frustrated with the lack of progress.

Business owners say the area showed promise. Legacy Pointe was supposed to be an up-and-coming Springfield shopping center. Now the signs that promised new development, such as a hotel and outlet mall, aren't living up to expectations.

"We don't have that casual traffic that we really need for everyday lunch and dinner," Hallie Pierceall, Owner of III Tomassos said.

Pierceall says her business is nearing its first anniversary. Her plan was to move in before the major projects were complete, so she could have her business established before the major traffic. Now her restaurant is surrounded by empty storefronts.

Signs promising a Spring 2014 opening date for the outlets and saying a Holiday Inn was "coming soon," have been knocked to the ground. Despite that, Owner of Engrained Brewing Company Brent Schwoerer, is staying positive. He stands by his decision to open his local restaurant, and believes the outlets and hotels will come eventually.

"Certainly it's taken longer than anticipated for the development to grow, but this is a huge project, a huge undertaking. These types of things you should expect hurdles, delays, but I'm still very confident that the development will come," Schwoerer said.Just across the street from his business, is a now empty restaurant.

Quaker Steak and Lube closed its doors Tuesday, with little explanation. Pierceall says it's not a good sign for locally owned restaurants."It is scary, especially having the fact that they're corporate and they have corporate dollars behind them and yet they've still chosen to close," Pierceall said.Legacy Pointe Not Drawing the Traffic Business Owners Expected

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