One of the many pieces of good news to come out of the annual Edwardsville Economic Forecast Breakfast is the number of new businesses planning to open here in 2022 or 2023.
Economic and Community Development Director James Arnold showed a slide in his presentation with at least 13 new businesses or restaurants.
The majority of stores will open at Trace on the Parkway, the city’s mixed-use development located on Route 157 near 255/270 and SIUE. It continues to build on its previous momentum with new apartments and businesses added to the community. Plocher Construction is finalizing the construction of several commercial spaces and will see the opening of the third residential apartment building in January.
Opening in late March at Trace is the Loading Bar, a gaming and pop culture themed “escape from the monotony of sports bars and everyday life, focusing on retro arcade games and local drinks”.
Financial services giant Morgan Stanley will anchor a two-story building at the corner of Governors Drive and 157 and has 2,300 square feet of available space. Edwardsville Bank will open a new branch in the same building.