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Blue Prince Plaza sells after being nearly empty for almost two decades

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MERCER COUNTY, W.Va. (WVVA) - The Blue Prince Plaza in Mercer County will soon have a new life.

The over 180,000 square foot facility has been purchased after nearly two decades of vacancy.

In a 1.8 million dollar deal, the Mercer County Economic Development Authority (EDA) took ownership of the empty shopping center.

The building was formerly home to different retail stores and restaurants. John O'Neal, the Executive Director of the Mercer County EDA, said the possibilities for the building are endless.

"We've been marketing to all kind of different businesses, everything from manufacturing to light retail to destination retail, there's just kind of a spectrum across the board that I would see potentially being located here," said O'Neal

The EDA is still marketing the property and are not releasing details about possible tenants as of right now.

Leaders involved with the project said one thing is guaranteed: significant economic growth for Mercer County.

"We create jobs, it not only keeps our young people from leaving the county, it also brings new people to our county," said Gene Buckner, the President of the Mercer County Commission. "And, anytime you have growth of people, you'll have growth of income."

"The more jobs we can create to have people come into the county instead of people going out of the county, it's a great reward for and part of our responsibility as an economic development authority," said Frank Brady, Chairman of the Mercer County EDA.

O'Neal said the EDA must be 'assertive and aggressive' in creating economic development, and this project is just the first step.

"It is, what we believe is the first of a number of steps of a similar nature that we intend to take that are gonna, we believe, generate jobs and investment in Mercer County," said O'Neal.

WVVA News will continue to follow this story and release information about new tenants as soon as it becomes available.

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