CAMP POINT, Ill. (WGEM) – Not only are new businesses moving into this rural part of Adams County, business owners are also making use of old Camp Point buildings that were once vacant.
Mid-West Accounting and Consulting Nathan Janssen said there are new businesses coming to town to provide residents with services they would normally have to travel to other towns to get.
“I just decided to open my own firm just to have that flexibility, having that opportunity, there are a lot of firms out there looking to retire. There aren’t many new accounts coming into the market,” Janssen said.
Janssen said he bought the building in May, which will house other businesses like Pumped Up Balloons and Beyond and a fitness center the community doesn’t already have.
“You don’t even have to drive to Quincy or Mount Sterling. So we have everything we need. We have a grocery store, we have multiple restaurants, other services instead of going somewhere else outside of the community,” Janssen said.
Camp Point Area Business Association President John Hibbert said only a handful of businesses have closed in the past two years due to the hardships of COVID-19 and others have left the business industry.
“We’ve had an increase in businesses though, we’ve had some moves or they’ve moved. Or they have been replaced. We’ve definitely had a net gain in businesses,” Janssen said. “There was a year or so where we were probably out of restaurants here.”
For example, he said Shake Shack was sold last week to the owners of the liquor store in Mount Sterling.
“Every time any business, no matter the size, is bringing some employment to the city, so not only is Camp Point a great place to live and it’s a great place to work and with many additional businesses that they have come, there is employment. options,” Hibbert said. “So you don’t have to drive 30 minutes to necessarily get to work where there are more and more opportunities here in town.”
Hibbert said Shake Shack’s new owners want to be able to keep the service open year-round.
As for what you can expect to open in 2023: The fitness center’s new owner said he hopes to open the doors in the next three months. Owner Rustic Market hopes to open their Camp Point store by the end of the month. And the owner of Tri-State Sno hopes to open their Camp Point location this summer.
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