Pooler Chamber talks benefits of economic growth for visitors, residents

Pooler Development: Fact or Fiction?

POOLER, GA (WTOC) - Speculations swirling around involving some big development projects in Pooler.

Names of businesses keep popping up on social media as possible tenants of shopping centers along the Pooler Parkway.

The executive director for Pooler’s Chamber of Commerce said new businesses are frequently reaching out to become a part of the chamber. And while it is exciting to have new businesses coming to town, people should realize it’s not a done deal, despite what rumors might be circulating on social media, until that business signs on the dotted line with the city.

Pam Southard admitted at one time Pooler was more of a stopping point for people heading into Savannah than a destination.

That continues to rapidly change as old and new Pooler continue to grow and attract new business.

The south end of Pooler Parkway is rapidly catching up to the north end with the addition of a new hospital, shopping centers and a massive development at I-16 and Pooler Parkway, called the Mosaic Town Center.

Last week, a website with renderings of the Mosaic Town Center listed Costco and Starbucks as businesses possibly joining the Parker’s gas station at the site in the future. We’ve also heard murmurings about a Topgolf occupying a spot at Mosaic.

Topgolf’s communications manager told WTOC Wednesday they don’t currently have any plans in our area, but they’ll let us know if that changes.

Across the Parkway along Blue Moon Xing, a retail site developed by HOS Management is getting closer to finalizing plans, but the developer’s public relations team isn’t able to give any business names, even though one is already on the outside of one suite, called The Taco Stache.

Like the city’s elected leaders, Pooler’s chamber of commerce leadership knows economic growth can benefit Pooler’s citizens and visitors alike in more ways than one.

“I think the most important thing for Pooler with these new businesses coming is the economic growth, bringing jobs to Pooler, which in turn keeps our taxes lower. And just the variety of businesses from restaurants to specialty gift shops. You know, they’re popping up everywhere," said Pooler Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam Southard.

Southard said in the next few years, she sees historic Pooler along Highway 80 becoming more pedestrian friendly, a walking community, while tourists and traveler business will hone in on Pooler Parkway.

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