Tuesday, July 15 2014, 10:03 PM EDT
Even Non-Auto Businesses Talk of VW Ripple Effect
As Volkswagen prepares to double down in Chattanooga, business owners across our area are already wondering what it may mean for them. Art Creations has been a staple in downtown Chattanooga for decades, but today owner Tony Mines says his most recent success is all thanks to that famous car maker up the street.
"It had an effect on us opening a new store out in the Hamilton place area. We bought a building," says Mines.
The Volkswagen manufacturing facility has been open for six years and local business owners say thay they've seen the ripple effect in the city of chattanooga. Those in the real estate business agree. Vicki Trapp is the President for the Chattanooga chapter of the Association of Realtors. She says "we have three areas that are designated for the Ooltewah, Snow Hill, Hunter Road, Collegedale and East Brainerd areas. And in each one of those areas, we have seen significant growth."
With Volkswagen officially doubling down in Chattanooga , these owners believe it will lead to a stroke of success. "That's going to mean more art brushes being bought, more art classes and more hamburgers being sold, more teeth being cleaned. Really it's going to affect all of us," says Mines.
Vicki Trapp believes those jobs will change these signs from for sale to sold. "I think the Volkswagen plant has played a tremendous role in that because if you stop and think about it, Volkswagen coming in is not just about cars... But it's about jobs and it's not just about jobs at the Volkswagen plant."